Goal is to 'have most of our players re-signed': Bombers GM

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

Joe Mack is hopeful the Bombers could be down to one or two free agents by the time the CFL window opens on Tuesday night.

As of Monday night, the Blue and Gold had five players unsigned, including three starters: defensive back Jonathan Hefney, centre Obby Khan and middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn.

“We’re gonna have most of our players re-signed, which was our main goal,” the GM said. “We’re still talking to Hefney and Obby Khan, and I think there’s a good chance we’ll get that done.

“We have very attractive offers on the table. We told them both we’d like to have them back, but you’re never sure until it actually gets signed.”

Khan is in Pakistan visiting family, but Mack said the communication lines are still open through his agent and that they are in the same neighbourhood when it comes to numbers. The speculation is Hefney will be on his way to the B.C. Lions if he gets to free agency.

As for Lobendahn, Mack made it sound like he wouldn’t be surprised if the Hawaiian waits to find out how much he can get on the open market.

“We’re respecting that,” Mack said. “That’s what free agency is all about.”

Backup Canadian running back Daryl Stephenson is also set to go free.

“We’d like to have Joe back and Daryl, too, but I also respect the fact that they may want to test the market,” Mack said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if either of them got done by the 15th either.”

Tailback Yvenson Bernard is the fifth free agent, and he won’t be back as he’ll be looking to find more playing time in another CFL city.

Tuesday also marks the final day offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte can sign a contract with an NFL team.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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