Glenn getting boot

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

The Kevin Glenn era with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers may not be over officially, but the quarterback sure is talking like it is.

"I've been there five years, so you build relationships on and off the field, that kind of stuff," Glenn said last night from Detroit, when asked what he'll miss most about Winnipeg. "You just don't pick that up when you go to a new place. So that kind of thing will probably be different.

"I enjoyed my time -- I'm talking like I've already been traded -- in Winnipeg. ... I wasn't the one who wanted to get traded. That's just the way the ball falls.

New Bombers head coach Mike Kelly phoned Glenn for the first time yesterday afternoon to inform him of two things: first, that they had acquired left-handed quarterback Stefan LeFors from the Edmonton Eskimos for a second-round draft pick this year and a conditional selection in 2010.

The second bit of information came as a surprise to Glenn, considering they had never spoken before: Kelly believed it was time for Glenn to get a fresh start somewhere else and that they were putting him on the trading block.

"There comes a time, in everyone's career at places, that maybe a change of scenery would help them," Kelly said.

Glenn said the fact that their first conversation involved finding out where he wanted to be traded (Glenn gave him a couple of suggestions) means it's time for him to move on.

"Everybody knows this is the first time we talked, and this is what we talked about," Glenn said. "For that to go down, maybe it is best for me to go to another situation.

One year after being named the East Division's most outstanding player, Glenn threw 20 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and was benched for three games early in the 2008 campaign. Former head coach Doug Berry took the play-calling duties away from offensive co-ordinator Kit Cartwright and gave them to Glenn in July.

The lack of leadership on offence was a big reason why Berry was fired at season's end, but Glenn refused yesterday to go into details about it yesterday.

"As long as I know what the truth is, it doesn't matter to me whether or not someone else knows it," Glenn said. "Everybody who was in the situation knows what happened. ... You don't want to add drama to the situation."

Kelly and Glenn both agreed that the quarterback would be eaten alive by fans and media the first time he delivered a terrible performance this year. Kelly also said Glenn agreed with him that it might be more scrutiny than he could bear.

Glenn, however, disputes that.

CAN HANDLE IT

"I know myself, and I know that if I can handle what I handled thus far, then what else can they do to me?" he said. "What else can the media say, or anybody else do, after what I went through last year?"

Kelly said yesterday that LeFors, who threw four passes in 2008, can fight through adversity, he is capable of making plays with his feet and is more accurate than Glenn.

When he was asked if Glenn couldn't handle adversity well, Kelly responded, "I don't think anybody would argue that point."

Glenn gave the Bombers a couple of possible trade destinations, although neither side will reveal the teams. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are likely Glenn's No. 1 choice, though, considering he is close with head coach Marcel Bellefeuille and offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson.

In fact, Vancouver radio station CKNW reported last night that the Bombers have offered Glenn to the Ticats for Casey Printers, as long as the latter renegotiates his $500,000-a-year contract.

LeFors, meanwhile, is just happy to get a fresh start after sitting behind all-star quarterback Ricky Ray the past two seasons. LeFors got to know his new head coach last season, when Kelly was the receivers coach with the Eskimos.

"It's exciting for me to know that he wanted me over there," LeFors said. "I kind of got a feel for who he is and what he's about, and obviously he did the same with me. I'm looking forward to working with him again."


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