Bombers Hunt’s safety net

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:05 PM ET

Phillip Hunt is currently working out with his fifth NFL team (the Minnesota Vikings) but the CFL sackmaster has by no means forgetten about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“The Bombers are a great safety net,” Hunt said.

Essentially what he means is he’s happy to come back to Winnipeg if he can’t get a signing bonus from an NFL team (he has also worked out with Cleveland, Philadelphia, Houston and New England).

“I want a signing bonus worth enough that me and my family could live off it for the season just in case the NFL goes into a lockout or if things don’t pan out and I come back to the CFL during the season.”

The way Hunt played last season, you have to think Bomber fans hope nobody shows him the money.

Being a safety net sounds pretty good right about now.

JAY OK: Calgary Flames interim GM Jay Feaster had some fun when a TSN reporter texted him to ask if a rumoured Jarome Iginla trade to the New York Rangers was true:

“I text messaged back. I said, ‘Yep. For John ‘isn’t-it-a-bitch’ Tortorella, Jim Schoenfeld, who is coming out of retirement and will be in our lineup tonight, and for the future rights to Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti. I just wanted to add depth, that’s all. Just some depth.”

For those who don’t know, Tortorella is the Rangers GM, Schoenfeld the assistant GM and Rosen and Micheletti are Rangers’ broadcasters.

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