Signing of import O-Lineman could make things hard

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

The addition of import left tackle Glenn January appears, on the surface, like it's going to be a problem for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Head coach Mike Kelly, however, said playing two import O-linemen (right tackle Dan Goodspeed is the other) is not a concern when it comes to the ratio, which states seven Canadians must start on offence and defence.

If January starts, they'll have to put another Canadian on the field somewhere.

"I like the Canadian fullbacks that we have, the Canadian running backs that we have," Kelly said. "We've got some good Canadian receivers."

Players who currently fit into that category include receivers Arjei Franklin, Jamie Stoddard and Aaron Hargreaves, and running back Daryl Stephenson.

January is a 25-year-old Houston native who started 30 games for Toronto and Saskatchewan over the last two seasons.

"We're looking for players that have good feet and an aggressive mindset, and I would say he fits into that category," Kelly said.

The Bombers also signed Canadian tackle Steve Morley, the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft who spent three years in the NFL. He returned to the CFL in June 2007 but has started only one game since then.

The word on the 6-foot-7, 325-pound Halifax native is that he's not as motivated as he could be.

"There was a rap on (Eskimos receiver) Kamau Peterson that he dropped the ball all the time, too, and last year he was the most valuable Canadian," said Kelly, who was Edmonton's receivers coach last season.

"I'm not saying I'm a magic worker or anything, but if guys know that people believe in them and you coach them and you teach them ... sometimes that's all the guy needs."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Toronto Argonauts and Eskimos landed two of the biggest fish yesterday.

The Boatmen signed B.C.'s Rob Murphy to a reported $195,000-a-year deal, while the Esks landed all-star middle linebacker Maurice Lloyd out of Saskatchewan.

Toronto also re-signed outside linebacker Willie Pile, their top tackler for the past two seasons, while the Lions grabbed linebacker Anton McKenzie from the Roughriders.


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