Bombers' Koch becoming antsy

SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Kyle Koch is approaching CFL free agency for the first time, and he's getting a little antsy about it.

"It's a little more anxiety than I need in my life," the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman said. "You're just sitting around, wondering, because I'm not talking. The agent's talking."

Koch's representative, Darren Gill, confirmed last night that he and the Bombers are still talking. If nothing is solved before Sunday night, the 24-year-old will be free.

Koch is one of three Canadian starters on Winnipeg's O-line who are poised to become free agents, with left tackle Alexandre Gauthier and centre Dominic Picard being the others. A CFL source told Sun Media that Gauthier is rumoured to be headed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Koch, a Kenora native, started nine games last season but missed the last seven weeks and the playoffs due to an ankle injury. He wants to be back in Blue and Gold.

"It'd be nice (to re-sign), being from around here, to be a part of that team that finally wins a Grey Cup here," Koch said. "That would mean a lot to me. So that's a big factor."

Two more for Blue

The Bombers added a pair of players yesterday.

The Blue and Gold have brought back Canadian offensive lineman Kyle Sleightholm, who attended training camp last year before returning to the Windsor Lancers.

They also signed former Penn State running back Rodney Kinlaw, who had 1,329 yards during his senior season of 2007. The 5-foot-9, 201-pound South Carolinian was the MVP of the 2007 Alamo Bowl.


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