Bombers GM unfazed by trade

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Brendan Taman doesn't believe the balance of power in the East Division has shifted dramatically in the wake of yesterday's blockbuster trade between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts.

Just because the Argos landed the CFL's reigning Most Outstanding Player and Grey Cup-winning quarterback in Kerry Joseph, don't expect the Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM to be shaking in his boots when Joseph and the Boatmen come to Canad Inns Stadium for the season-opener on June 27.

"It probably makes Toronto better at quarterback obviously, but (Ronald) Flemons and (Glenn) January are pretty good players, too," Taman said. "But I don't think it has a lot of bearing on anything.

"I mean, Michael Bishop won, what, nine games? So what more can Kerry Joseph do? That's the way I look at it."

Then again, what else is Taman going to say? The Argos should once again provide the stiffest competition for the Bombers in the East this season.

If anything, Joseph's contract impasse that led to yesterday's trade could end up having more of an impact on the Blue and Gold.

Winnipeg's starter, Kevin Glenn, is looking for a new contract going into this, his option year, and the sides are far apart.

Taman said the fact Roughriders GM Eric Tillman had to deal Joseph shows that players can't have their cake and eat it too in the new salary cap era.

"I'd like to get (Glenn) signed, of course, but like Saskatchewan, we're not going to blow up our team to do it," Taman said. "That's exactly what happened. Kerry Joseph could've been back in Saskatchewan, but he might've been throwing to the Regina Rams receivers.

"So those are the games you have to play these days. It's a tough call."

Regardless, Taman isn't worried about the Glenn situation -- yet.

"I'd be scared crapless if he was a free agent, but he's not," he said. "We have three months before camp, and if he plays out his option, he plays out his option.

"It's no big deal. Not to me, anyway."

STILL SIGNING: Taman has been busy working on contracts with other Bombers, and the fruits of his labour are starting to pay off.

Taman said a deal with free-agent wide receiver Jamie Stoddard is all but complete and defensive back Anthony Malbrough has accepted a new cap-friendly arrangement.

"He's a team player," Taman said of Malbrough. "I have no problem with guys understanding the big picture."

Taman reported that renegotiation talks with receiver Derick Armstrong are going well, but he couldn't say the same about slotback Terrence Edwards.

It's believed the sides are at least $40,000 apart.

NEW AND OLD BLOOD: The Bombers signed a pair of linebackers yesterday, one of them a familiar face.

Canadian Eugene Boakye was Winnipeg's third-round draft pick last April, but he was coming off knee surgery and was unable to participate in camp.

Taman said the 6-foot-4, 234-pound Boakye is healthy and should push for a roster spot this season.

The Blue and Gold also added import Joe Lobendahn to the fold.

Lobendhan is a 5-foot-10, 230-pound Hawaii native who played at the University of Washington.

He was the Huskies' defensive MVP as a senior in 2005 and also starred on special teams.


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