Blue, Sheridan close to deal: agent

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers re-signed two of their free-agent starters with relative ease.

The third and final one was presenting more of a problem.

Offensive lineman Matt Sheridan was still on the CFL market last night, although his agent, Darren Gill, said the starting left guard was "close to a deal" with the Blue and Gold.

It's believed Winnipeg was competing for Sheridan's services with a West Division club, quite possibly the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Sheridan is reportedly seeking a $100,000-a-year salary to remain with his hometown club, the only team for which he's played during his seven-year CFL career.

If the Bombers get Sheridan back it would be icing on the cake for GM Brendan Taman, who was more than a little worried he wouldn't be able to afford to keep any of his free-agent starters.

Taman re-signed offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed on Friday before free agency began and then re-upped with defensive end Tom Canada on Saturday.

E-TOWN BOUND: It appeared last night that the Bombers were going to lose their first player of the free agency season, as a CFL source indicated linebacker Adrian Baird was set to sign with the Edmonton Eskimos.

The 28-year-old Ottawa native was second, behind Kyries Hebert, with 16 special teams tackles for the Bombers last season. He also did some emergency long snapping in a Week 3 loss to Edmonton.

Baird joined the Bombers in 2006 and had 12 special teams tackles in 17 games. He appeared in one game with his hometown Ottawa Renegades in 2005.

STILL OUT THERE: Aside from Sheridan, the Bombers have three other free agents remaining: backup quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie, receiver Jamie Stoddard and special teamer Greg Bearman.

Dinwiddie, who started the Grey Cup loss to Saskatchewan in place of the injured Kevin Glenn, told Sun Media over the weekend that his agent was planning to talk with the Bombers this week.

Dinwiddie is eager to get another deal done with the Blue and Gold, even though he's a little curious about what else is out there.

"It'd be nice to see, but I just want Winnipeg to give me a good offer," Dinwiddie said. "That's the place for me, and I want to be there. Hopefully they can do something contract-wise, and we'll get going from there."


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