Bombers acquire Renaud from Stamps

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Pencil him as Winnipeg's punter of both the present and future.

The Blue Bombers acquired Mike Renaud from the Calgary Stampeders for a sixth-round draft pick in 2010 yesterday.

The Bombers were actually after Renaud when he signed with the Stamps.

"The vibe I'm getting is they want to go ahead with two Canadian kickers," Renaud told the Calgary Sun. "To be honest, I don't know much about the situation. The buzz around the league was they were looking to make changes. When I came to Calgary, I knew it was a potential place for me to go. I'm not going to concern myself with who is there. I will do the same as I did in Calgary and that was my best punting."

Renaud, 26, punted very well but could not unseat incumbent Burke Dales.

"I feel great," said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Ottawa native, who once played with Bomber long-snapper Chris Cvetkovic at Concordia University. "This is a tremendous opportunity. I wasn't sure where the opportunity would be, whether it was here in Calgary or somewhere in the country. I've been getting a lot of (good) feedback ... I'm hearing I'm capable of playing in this league."

The Bombers certainly seem to think so.

"From everything that we know about him, he's been hitting the ball consistently," said Bomber head coach Mike Kelly. "He's a big, strong kid and he's Canadian so that should alleviate some of the pressure on Mr. (Alexis) Serna to concentrate on field goals and PATs ... This will allow him to get back to what he does best, which is placement kicks. This is an important acquisition for us ... What we're looking at right now is having a Canadian punter and an American placekicker."

However, Dan Giancola, a Canadian kicker who has not been able to practise due to a groin injury, could still be in the mix. He is scheduled to practise today.

To make room for Renaud, the Bombers released kicker Bradley Pierson.

HOME COOKING: As expected, the Bombers have signed offensive lineman Lorne Plante and receiver Terry Firr, both local products who were on the practice field yesterday. Plante, 26, practised despite the fact he had failed his physical in B.C. after spending three seasons there.

"That's neither here nor there," said the 6-foot-7, 305-pound University of Manitoba product. "I'm back in Winnipeg now and will be playing in front of my friends and family. I'm not really worried about the past, I'm just focusing on today and tomorrow ... It's not a bad thing, coming home."

In fact, Kelly likes having players like that around.

"It's important that we have some homegrown talent in here," he said. "I'm pulling for them to show their skills."


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