Bombers closing in on deal

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

The Bombers are getting close to a deal with former B.C. D-lineman Tyrone Williams.

Williams, 36, was released by the Lions following the 2008 season, his seventh in Vancouver.

"He's a young 36," Kelly said. "He had a few years there where he really didn't play very much, and his body isn't beaten up, from all the reports I've been able to get. As we've done some investigation, he brings something to the locker-room, also."

Williams, 6-foot-6, 288 pounds, had 49 tackles and one sack last season.

He comes highly recommended by Bombers D-line coach Richard Harris, in B.C. from '02-'04.

To make room for Williams, the Bombers are saying goodbye to another solid locker-room presence in Jerome Haywood.

"I'm a little disappointed," Haywood, 30, told the Sun. "But you've got to go with the flow. I'll find a home somewhere."

Expect Haywood to land in Montreal or Edmonton -- and to enjoy facing his old team this year.

"Whenever somebody makes a deal like that, you want to make sure they know they made the wrong decision," he said.

AROUND THE CFL: The Lions re-signed receiver Geroy Simon to an extension through 2011. Simon was second in the CFL in receiving last season, with 82 catches for 1,418 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Over the last six seasons, Simon has averaged 91 receptions and 1,554 yards.

The 33-year-old, who started his career in Winnipeg, says he wants to finish it with B.C.

In Toronto, receiver P.K. Sam and corner Byron Parker have reportedly signed with Buffalo and Philadelphia, respectively, in the NFL.

Sam caught 36 passes for 499 yards and three majors last season, his first with the Argos. The Bills will be the fifth NFL team he's tried to stick with.

Parker, a four-year Argo, had his best season in '06, when he picked off eight passes, returning four for touchdowns.

The Argos also hired Richard Kent as secondary coach. Kent worked several seasons in NFL Europe, some with new Toronto head coach Bart Andrus.


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