The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders continue to wait patiently for Steven Jyles to decide which way he’s going to go.
As of late Wednesday, Jyles was still mulling offers over from both prairie rivals (believed to be in the six-figure range) — though it’s believed the pivot is leaning toward the Blue Bombers, where he’d probably have a better chance to earn the starting job.
“(Ross) has been talking to (Jyles’) agent (Ferrell Elliott) and they are still negotiating on terms and all that stuff and whether or not he’s interested,” said Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice. “They’re still working through that process. That’s all I can say right now.”
LaPolice was neither encouraged or discouraged by the pace of the negotiation.
He didn’t want to speculate when a decision would come, Jyles is expected to make up his mind on Thursday.
There was little else going in free agency talks, though LaPolice did confirm the club had presented an offer to former Toronto Argonauts defensive back Jason Shivers, who elected to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Shivers has business interests (apparently a janitorial business) in Mississauga and preferred to stay out east rather than join the Blue and Gold.
“(Signing with Hamilton) allowed him to have a job and still be close to his other income,” said LaPolice.
When probed about potential interest in other defensive backs left on the market (the highest profile guy out there is probably Eddie Davis), LaPolice re-iterated his earlier position.
“There might have been some preliminary talks,” said LaPolice. “Sometimes you have interest in a guy and then you hear what they’re trying to command for a salary. I’m not real found of spending a ton of money on free agents, especially American free agents.”
Offensive lineman Ryan Donnelly appears to be closing in on a new contract with the Blue Bombers, but there were still some details left to be ironed out as of Wednesday.
It was another slow day on the free agent front, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders making the biggest splash with the addition of kick returning specialist Dominique Dorsey.
Although the official word hasn’t come down yet, a CFL source suggested former Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry will be joining Bobby Dyce on the Roughriders coaching staff.
Sportsnet.ca is reporting that Berry will likely serve as offensive co-ordinator for head coach Ken Miller and Dyce will be the passing game co-ordinator.