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TED WYMAN, SUN MEDIA

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Zeke Moreno makes a lot of money and was one of many linebackers in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stable.

That's why the leading tackler in the CFL the last two seasons is now a Toronto Argonaut.

It wasn't a big surprise the Bombers decided to trade Zeke and Destroy, especially with the cheaper options of Joe Lobendahn and Barrin Simpson coming to camp in June, but couldn't they have shopped him around a bit and received a little more in return?

There's a school of thought out there that Moreno is overrated, but he still has considerable value -- likely more value than defensive lineman Riall Johnson, who despite being Canadian, was clearly on the outs in Toronto and probably could have been picked up for a song (or a middling draft pick).

Even Johnson himself was stunned to have been traded for someone of Moreno's calibre.

"I was just mad," he said of the deal. "Then I see who I got traded for. Obviously, Winnipeg wants me. I figured they traded me for a bag of chips and a soda or chump change."

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly has proven he's a man of action and has moved quickly to reshape the Bombers lineup that went 8-10 last year and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

But he let a lot of good players get away in free agency (and blamed it on the former regime) and now he makes the curious move of trading a star-quality linebacker for a downsliding lineman who in the past has displayed the kind of bad attitude Kelly vowed to eliminate from the Bombers.

We'll say this for Mr. Kelly: He's got guts.

Let's just hope Bombers fans aren't in for a gut-wrenching, rebuilding season.

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ted.wyman@sunmedia.ca


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