Blue not interested in veteran

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

You would think that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers would be interested in a veteran CFL linebacker who just became available.

The Edmonton Eskimos released Maurice Lloyd on Monday but the Bombers claim they are not in the market for a starting middle linebacker with Lloyd’s credentials.

Bombers GM Joe Mack just said the club is satisfied with the linebackers they have on their roster right now.

The Eskimos are claiming that Lloyd did not fit into their schemes under new head coach Kavis Reed.

“We felt it was better to go with a younger guy with clean slate so that we can indoctrinate him in the system we want,” Reed told a QMI reporter in Edmonton.

Clean slate? This is the same player a QMI columnist once called “a cancer” in the Eskimos locker-room. And the former CFL All-Star is only 28.

“Mo is a valuable person in the locker-room in a sense that he’s spiritual leader and he was also a spiritual leader in Saskatchewan,” insisted Reed, who coached Lloyd in Regina. “This is not an indictment against Mo Lloyd as it may seem. I’m quite certain that Maurice will be working somewhere else very soon.”

Lloyd led the Eskies with 82 defensive tackles last season, adding five quarterback sacks and an interception.


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