Edwards glad he ended up with Bombers

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

MONTREAL — - Terrence Edwards could have been lining up against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday instead of with them were it not for a bizarre series of events in early 2007.

And just because the Montreal Alouettes have won 19 more regular-season games and one more Grey Cup than Winnipeg since they sent him packing three seasons ago doesn’t mean the 31-year-old Georgian thinks about what could have been.

“Not anymore,” Edwards said. “I did in ’07, but not anymore. I’ve been here (in Winnipeg) and love my time here, and things happen for a reason.

“If I had stayed I probably would’ve still been stuck (down on the depth chart) or finally starting to play and showing people my true talents.”

Alouettes GM Jim Popp released Edwards in February 2007 for reasons that remain unclear.

There are those who believe it was because of a miscommunication in the CFL office, while Edwards claims he still has no idea why he got his walking papers.

All he knows is he’s glad where he ended up, even though victories haven’t been as prevalent in Winnipeg as in Montreal.

“I just got cut with no reason,” said Edwards, who had 393 receiving yards in 2006 but was behind Ben Cahoon, Kerry Watkins, Thyron Anderson and Dave Stala on the depth chart. “But hey, it was a blessing in disguise.”

Edwards, who has 1,121 receiving yards this season and is on pace for a career high, signed with an Arena Football League team following the 2006 season even though he still had time left on his contract with the Alouettes.

It was around that time that the CFL and AFL agreed to honour the other’s contracts, so Edwards never did play in the AFL. Popp, however, thought Edwards’ AFL deal was binding, so he cut him.

Edwards said his name was on a list at the CFL office that it shouldn’t have been on, and the league reportedly apologized to him for the mistake. Edwards still could have re-signed with the Alouettes, but apparently the damage had already been done.

“I’m glad my name was on the list,” Edwards said.

Then Bomber head coach Doug Berry, remembering the receiver’s talents from their time together in Montreal late in the 2005 season, inked Edwards a few months later, and the rest is history.

“I was the same player then that I am today,” Edwards said. “I just didn’t get that opportunity.”

It’s not like the Alouettes need any more stud receivers, but Cahoon often wonders what would have happened if Edwards had remained in Montreal.

“I am still a fan of his,” Cahoon said. “It was definitely more apparent that next year, when he had 1,000 yards. Several of us were thinking, ‘Man, what could’ve been …’

“He’s produced consistently. He’s a great receiver, a great technician and takes pride in his work. We’ve watched him with a lot of fondness around here.”


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