Silent but deadly

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Romby Bryant, the man who is no talk and all action, has extended his stay with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The 29-year-old slotback from Oklahoma City, who led the Blue and Gold in receiving yards last season, has signed a contract extension for a year and an option.

Bryant's new deal comes on the heels of an extension for fellow receiver Derick Armstrong. The Bombers also hope it will precede new contracts for pass catchers Terrence Edwards and Adarius Bowman, with whom talks are continuing.

Contrary to speculation earlier this off-season, Bombers director of player personnel John Murphy said the Bombers aren't about to trade any of their 1,000-yard receivers.

At least not now.

"That was good speculation by some people that probably wanted one of them," Murphy said. "But it's always good to have the the 'open for business' sign out there. It doesn't mean you can't call me about a guy. People are going to do that every day."

Murphy said there's no reason why the Bombers can't put Bryant, Edwards, Armstrong and Bowman on the field at the same time this season, although he hinted Bowman will be used more in a backup role and as an insurance policy.

Edwards and Armstrong are both coming off injuries that forced them to miss a handful of games last season.

But not Bryant.

The former Baltimore Ravens practice player burst on to the CFL scene with 65 catches for 1,206 yards and nine touchdowns in 18 regular-season contests and then produced three catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the playoff loss to Edmonton.

Remarkably, five of his 10 scores were 74 yards or longer. Another was a last-second 35-yarder that gave Winnipeg a win over Calgary in July.

Bryant's 18.6-yard average per catch ranked third in the CFL behind Edmonton's Kelly Campbell and Saskatchewan's Weston Dressler.

One thing Bryant is not, however, is a big-time talker with the media. Unofficially, he gave a grand total of three interviews last season. Not surprisingly, the Bombers PR department couldn't convince him to call Sun Media yesterday to discuss his new deal.

With two and a half weeks before training camp, it looks like the Bombers have settled on keeping 13 of 24 starters from last season.

Murphy noted the team has a solid returning group that includes running backs Fred Reid and Joe Smith, the aforementioned receivers, defensive linemen Gavin Walls and Doug Brown, linebackers Barrin Simpson and Ike Charlton, and safety Ian Logan.

"The real continuity is of those guys that are between 25 and 31," Murphy said. "By (giving extensions to) a lot of these guys now and keeping their deals in line and making good offers, it allows this nucleus to pretty much stay together through the 2011 season."

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