Brave new world

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Gavin Walls is entering a new arena of the pro football world.

For the first time since the import defensive end became a Blue Bomber, Walls is about to become a free agent this February.

"This is all new to me now," Walls said. "I've never been a free agent before so I guess you have to see the value of yourself. I haven't really thought too much about it because I approached the year the same way I do every year."

Walls, 28, finished the season with 10 quarterback sacks, which ties him for first in the East and third overall in the CFL. He also recorded 56 defensive tackles and led Winnipeg with four tackles for losses.

"My thing is, right now, I'm Blue and Gold," said the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Arkansas product. "I'll probably give it some thought down the road here. I just want to get this season out of my system ... During the season, I wasn't thinking about what comes after. I wanted to get the ring first and it would look a lot better."

BYE BARRIN?: Bomber MLB Barrin Simpson suffered a torn pectoral muscle early in the season but even after recovering, was unable to return because the Bombers had acquired all-star MLB Zeke Moreno from Hamilton. His future with the Bombers is now uncertain.

"I'm still under contract to the Bombers," said the former all-star. "We talked about a month and a half ago about getting it done, getting what we're going to do done quickly. What that beholds, we'll see.

"You never close the door on anything. We'll have a conversation. As for any other teams, I'm under contract with the Bombers but I'm not worried about any other teams wanting my services ... Right now, I don't really have a preference. I wouldn't be opposed to staying here. There's no hard feelings here. The organization had to do what it had to do but there's no animosity there. But we're just going to find out what direction we're going in, then go from there."

Strangely, Bombers GM Brendan Taman has been unavailable for comment the past two days.

BELL BACK?: Taman, however, has said that Graeme Bell should have been named "comeback player of the year." The FB missed the entire 2007 season recovering from being bashed in the head with a baseball bat. He not only returned to play this season, he was named the club's top special teams player.

While Bell is also due to become a free agent, he wants to come back.

"Oh yeah, I love the city, I love the people here," said Bell, who led the club with 23 special teams tackles (sixth in the CFL). "The teammates here, the management and all the things like that, they're great people. So, I would come back. It's just a matter of time. I'm just not sure what the plans are at this point, for me or the the team."

WINN-IPEGGERS: Winnipeg's Mike and Shelley Malyk have won the Making the Connection CFL Challenge, earning a trip to Montreal for the 2008 Grey Cup. The Malyks were trained by Bomber WR Jamie Stoddard and local personal trainer Jennifer Onyskie.


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