Goodbye Goodspeed

Dan Goodspeed was the Bombers outstanding offensive lineman the last two seasons and was the...

Dan Goodspeed was the Bombers outstanding offensive lineman the last two seasons and was the Eastern nominee for the CFL's most outstanding offensive lineman award in 2007. (Brian Donogh/Sun Media)

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:25 AM ET

Despite saying the team's core was solid and only tinkering was needed, head coach Mike Kelly continues to make massive alterations to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Kelly yesterday shipped import offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed, a reigning two-time CFL all-star, to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who in turn dealt him to Winnipeg's division-rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It was part of a confusing three-team transaction that involved five players, two negotiation-list players and as many as seven draft picks (see box).

Winnipeg got three players from Saskatchewan: second-year import receiver Adarius Bowman, Canadian offensive lineman Jean Francois Morin-Roberge and Canuck defensive back Brady Browne, who won the Vanier Cup with the University of Manitoba Bisons in 2007.

Kelly wouldn't comment on the trade yesterday because it hadn't been officially registered with the league, although both the Roughriders and Tiger-Cats issued press releases.

The Tiger-Cats, especially offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson, had been after Goodspeed for a while. As the Sun reported in February, Hamilton tried to pry him out of Winnipeg for a first-round draft pick, but the Bombers also asked for Canadian receiver Chris Bauman and the talks ended there.

So the Ticats got Goodspeed, the East Division's top offensive lineman in 2007, in a roundabout way, reuniting him with left tackle Alexandre Gauthier and quarterback Kevin Glenn.

Not only that, but Hamilton has to pay him only $70,000 this season after the Bombers forked over an $80,000 bonus last month to make him more attractive on the trade market.

"Ron (Del Duca), my agent, talked to the Bombers and they said, 'No, we're not trading him. There's no truth to any of those rumours,' " Goodspeed said yesterday from his Tampa home. "My instinct probably was something was going to happen."

Goodspeed admitted that he was a little perplexed about being traded.

"You're kind of a little bit surprised," the 31-year-old said. "When you have back-to-back years of being an all-star, it kind of surprises you a little bit.

"Then again, like I've always said, if you've been around this business long enough ..."

Del Duca didn't mince words when asked what he thought about the deal, which means four of Winnipeg's five starters on last year's offensive line are now gone. Gauthier, Kyle Koch and Dominic Picard all left via free agency.

"I guess this new quarterback (Stefan LeFors) has had concussion problems?" Del Duca said. "He's gonna have a few more this year."

Del Duca wanted to make it clear that Goodspeed did not ask to be traded.

"He enjoyed it there, but to me, and I'm just a simple agent, it's kind of like they're trying to disavow themselves from the (Brendan) Taman regime as much as they can," Del Duca said. "We'll see what happens. Hopefully it doesn't blow up in their face."

Goodspeed, only about an hour after learning he had been traded twice, didn't know what to feel, but he knew one thing.

"I thank the fans for their support," he said. "I really enjoyed a lot of people I met in Winnipeg, and I'll still be friends with a lot of them even though I'm gone."

In Bowman, the Bombers are getting a highly touted pass catcher who experts said would have been an NFL pick last April had he not been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession a month before the draft. Bowman made 23 catches for 358 yards and three touchdowns but was deemed expendable after the Green and White signed free-agent slotback Jason Clermont.

Morin-Roberge was the 30th overall pick in last year's draft, while Browne went 38th overall to the B.C. Lions and spent the entire season on the practice roster.

The Bombers made another deal yesterday, sending defensive back Anthony Malbrough to the Edmonton Eskimos for future considerations. The Bombers released Malbrough in January but re-signed him a month later in a cost-cutting move.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca

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BLOCKBUSTER BREAKDOWN

WINNIPEG GETS ...

- WR Adarius Bowman

-OL Jean Francois Morin-Roberge-

- DB Brady Browne-

- QB Brian Johnson (neg. list rights)

- sixth-round draft pick (2010)

- fifth-round draft pick (2012)

SASK. GETS ...

- OL Jordan Rempel-

- second-round draft pick (2009)

- RB Tyler Roehl (neg.list rights)

- fifth-round draft pick (2011 or 2012)

- option to swap first-round draft picks in 2010 or 2011 OR second-round draft picks (2010 and 2012) --depending upon Stefan LeFors' performance in '09

HAMILTON GETS ...

- OL Dan Goodspeed

- fifth-round draft pick (2009)

- Canadian


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