Bombers scoop up Glover

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

The Blue Bombers are hoping this LaVar will fit like a 'Glove' in their revamped secondary this season.

Winnipeg signed veteran CFL defensive back LaVar Glover to a year and an option after the B.C. Lions released the import last week, the club announced Thursday.

Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice hopes to start Glover at corner so he can move Keyuo Craver inside to replace either Jonathan Hefney (NFL) or Lenny Walls (released).

"Being in the West Division and facing him playing against the B.C. Lions so much, I've always thought that he was a good, quality corner," said LaPolice, who spent the past two years as Saskatchewan's offensive co-ordinator. "He only played five games last year, rotating in, but he also started the last two games there and we still think he can compete for a corner position. And that would give us an opportunity to move Craver inside."

Glover, 31, seemed relieved to get a second chance with a new club.

"I wasn't that surprised that they (Lions) released me just because of the way my season went and with my (reduced) playing time," he said from his Dayton, Ohio, home. "And the way it (season) ended was kind of weird. Then, I heard they signed (non-import DB) Davis Sanchez so, I knew something was going to happen. But I had four great years in B.C. and won a Grey Cup there (2006)."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Cincinnati product is excited to be joining one of the best secondaries in the CFL last season, even if it has lost two of its starters.

"I admired the way they played last year with some of their ball-hawking abilities," said Glover, who picked off seven passes and recorded 116 defensive tackles in four years with the Leos. "I appreciate the opportunity to become a Blue Bomber. Hopefully, they'll give me No. 27 and we can have some fun."

The Bombers also signed offensive lineman John Hashem and slotback Scott McHenry, both non-imports whom were chosen by Calgary in last year's draft, and former Montreal Alouettes DB Clint Kent.

Hashem is a 6-foot-7, 310-pound Saskatoon native who was Calgary's third-round draft pick.

McHenry is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound Saskatoon native who was the Stamps' fourth-round pick.

Kent is a 5-foot-10, 191-pound James Madison product who spent the 2006 season with the Alouettes, recording 36 defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in 14 games.

Meanwhile, LaPolice admitted to having some interest in concussion-plagued quarterback Buck Pierce who was also recently released by B.C.

"We'll have that conversation but the first thing we need to know is how healthy is the man and can he play football and not get concussions, and possibly suffer permanent damage -- especially with his (aggressive) style of play," LaPolice said.


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