Coach, GM going nowhere?

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are talking contract extensions with their GM and head coach.

Both GM Brendan Taman and head coach Doug Berry are believed to be going into the final years of their contracts, but president and CEO Lyle Bauer said that isn't necessarily the case.

Bauer despises talking about contract negotiations in public, so he revealed little and was somewhat cryptic about the subject yesterday.

"There are discussions going on," he said. "However, the club has the rights to both of them for more than this year."

It's believed Berry, for example, has a contract clause in which he will have a year added to his deal if he collects a certain number of wins. Berry told the Sun in January that he would "like some security, that's all."

Taman said while Berry may not have an extension in his hands just yet, he should feel secure within the organization.

"Is it to the point of what he is comfortable with? Probably not," Taman said. "But the club has the rights to him, for sure. He's not a lame duck."

Taman confirmed that he has spoken with Bauer about his own future, but that's as far as he went.

"We've had discussions, yes," he said. "I'm not shaking or nervous about it, so it is what it is."

QB OR NOT QB? Taman is hopeful that his quarterback stable for training camp will come together in the next seven days.

"This time next week we'll have four signed, maybe five," he said.

The Bombers have only two quarterbacks, Kevin Glenn and Ryan Dinwiddie, under contract, although Cleve McCoy received an official offer from the club yesterday.

If Taman can get Bryan Randall to sign on the dotted line, he will likely go with those four quarterbacks. If he can't land Randall, he plans to have five pivots in camp.

PARTING WITH A PAIR: A CFL source confirmed yesterday that the Bombers have released non-import fullback Gilles Lezi and quarterback Zac Taylor.

Lezi had four catches for 40 yards, 10 special teams tackles and a forced fumble last season, which was his first in Blue and Gold.

Taylor, who didn't see any action last season, has assumed a graduate assistant coaching position for the Texas A&M Aggies. Taylor's father-in-law, Mike Sherman, is the head coach.

LATE HITS: The Bombers have 62 players and one non-counter (draft picks and two players not selected in the current draft year) under contract. They can have 75 counters during rookie camp, which starts May 28, but they have to trim that figure to 68 for main camp, which begins June 1 ... Berry will be in Tampa this weekend to scout Winnipeg's final free-agent camp ... The Bomber assistant coaches have been given this week off to recharge their batteries. When they return on Monday, they will basically work every day for the next six months ... Hamilton Tiger-Cats fullback Julian Radlein retired yesterday after five seasons in the CFL.


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