Bombers dump Glenn

The Bombers failed to convince Kevin Glenn to renegotiate his contract to make him more tradeable...

The Bombers failed to convince Kevin Glenn to renegotiate his contract to make him more tradeable and/or salary-cap friendly. (Sun Media/Jason Halstead)

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

They may have tried their darndest but the bottom line is that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will get absolutely nothing in return for the man who led them to the 2007 Grey Cup.

They will, however, save some heavy coin.

The local CFL club gave quarterback Kevin Glenn his outright release yesterday, just days before he was due a $50,000 bonus (March 15). He was also reportedly due another $100,000 bonus for reporting to training camp.

The Bombers failed to convince Glenn to renegotiate his estimated $225,000 per annum pact to make him more tradeable and/or salary-cap friendly.

"It just wasn't going anywhere," new Bombers head coach Mike Kelly said. "We did everything we could to give him another opportunity.

"We tried for 21/2 weeks to re-work his contract to make him more trade-worthy or to make it (workable) if he was on the sidelines as a backup. But now, he can seek an opportunity elsewhere and I wish him the best of luck."

After the Bombers acquired backup quarterback Stefan LeFors from Edmonton, Kelly said he would try to move Glenn.

"It's a surprise, but not a surprise ... nothing surprises you in this business," Glenn said.

"Anything and everything can happen, so you prepare yourself for these kind of situations. But at the same time you look at it and I wasn't even considered to come back to compete for the job. That's kind of weird. After it was expressed to try to restructure my contract. It was expressed, then turned around a couple days later, where they said, 'Maybe it's just best that we part ways.' "

The club not only attempted to trade Glenn, it gave him permission to try to make his own deal with another club. Glenn did talk to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but those talks failed to bear fruit.

However, the speculation is that Glenn will indeed sign with the Ticats now.

"Everybody knows they let Hamilton talk to me," Glenn said. "So Hamilton was interested.

"The situation that it is now, it gives me an opportunity to actually pick what team I want to go to instead of being traded to a team, that gives them the best deal."

Glenn threw for only 3,637 yards and 20 touchdowns, with 20 interceptions after being left to run his own offensive show by last year's coaching staff.

"It's always difficult and unfortunate any time you lose a player who was a teammate for five years," said veteran defensive tackle Doug Brown. "We had some real good times with Kevin, who took us 97% to the Grey Cup."

Glenn missed that game because he suffered a broken arm in the East Final.

"But there were some bad times, too," Brown said. "It's a cliche but it's part of the business ... There is an expiration date behind all of our name tags. Luckily for Kevin, he will get another opportunity."

The move leaves the Bombers with LeFors, Ryan Dinwiddie and Bryan Randall, all with limited experience as CFL starters.

"I have a lot of confidence in the intelligence and athleticism of the (quarterbacks) we have under contract right now," Kelly said.

"There are a lot of guys sitting around right now who have game experience and if we decide we need some experience, we can always bring someone in. Who knows? Maybe, it could even be Kevin Glenn."

If Brown was concerned about that lack of experience, he did not say so.

"I'll leave that in the hands of the people who are paid to worry about it," he said. "But the people who are managing and coaching the team want to win as badly as we do."

In fact, Kelly expressed optimism about the club's immediate future despite so many off-season changes.

"I'm very excited about our team," he said.

"We've got an offensive line with size, ability and mobility. We've got a good receiving corps and two good running backs, maybe three with (non-import) Daryl Stephenson. Our quarterback just has to distribute the ball, not carry the team.

"We've got as good a front seven as there is in the league and we've signed some very good DBs. We've got a really good football team."

As for Glenn, he's already looking forward to coming back to Winnipeg in another uniform.

"Whatever team I go to, whoever the opposing team is on the other side of the line, that's who we're going to try to beat. If it just so happens to be in Canad Inns Stadium against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, that's how it has to be," he said.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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