Bauer let's 'em have it

Lyle Bauer is not happy after being told that his three quarterbacks couldn't participate in a...

Lyle Bauer is not happy after being told that his three quarterbacks couldn't participate in a free-agent camp next month. (Sun Media/Jason Halstead)

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer sent a shot across the bow of the CFL Players' Association yesterday after the league told the Bombers their three quarterbacks can't participate in a free-agent camp next month in Florida.

Head coach Mike Kelly let it slip in a media report last week his three quarterbacks were going to voluntarily participate in the camp to get a head start on learning a new system and to work with potential teammates. The CFL noticed that and pointed out such a scenario would violate the part of the league's collective bargaining agreement that states veterans are not allowed to work out for their teams in the off-season.

Kelly railed against the rule in several media reports yesterday, so Bauer quickly put a muzzle on him and did the speaking on behalf of the team last night. He suggested the CBA rule will hurt young Blue Bombers quarterbacks Stefan LeFors, Ryan Dinwiddie and Bryan Randall.

"We will have quarterbacks at those camps, and some of those quarterbacks may have CFL experience," Bauer said. "And some of these quarterbacks may not have gotten a look if our coaching staff was able to look at our young quarterbacks.

"So it could put our young quarterbacks at -- I won't say at a decided disadvantage -- but what it does is it forces our club to look at people that maybe we wouldn't have looked at."

A source said last night speculation has already started former Hamilton Tiger-Cats and B.C. Lions starter Casey Printers will be one of those pivots.


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