WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers locked up two more of their draft picks on Friday — and almost got a third.
The Blue and Gold signed offensive linemen Brendan Dunn and Paul Swiston to entry-level contracts, and they thought they had reached a deal with first overall selection Henoc Muamba.
However, there was a miscommunication between the Bombers and the Muamba’s agent, Johnathon Hardaway, over the length of the deal. The Bombers thought they had a three-year contract done, while the Muamba camp assumed they had agreed to a two-year pact.
It’s unclear who is to blame for the misunderstanding, but the bottom line is the two sides have four days to work something out if Muamba is going to be in Winnipeg when rookie camp opens on Wednesday.
“We continue to work with his agent in hopes of an agreement prior to next week’s rookie camp,” the Bombers said in a press release.
Hardaway refused comment when reached by the Sun.
As for Dunn and Swiston, they give the Bombers more depth along the offensive line. Dunn, out of Western Ontario, was Winnipeg’s third-round draft pick earlier this month, while Swiston, who played for the University of Calgary Dinos, went in the fourth round.
Dunn, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound Toronto native, started his collegiate career as a defensive lineman but switched to the other side of the ball after two years. His Mustangs had the top CIS rushing attack last fall.
Swiston, a 6-foot-9, 342-pound Calgary product, helped the Dinos feature the top rushing attack in the Canada West conference last season. He was named CanWest’s offensive lineman of the year.
Besides Muamba, the Bombers also have yet to sign fourth overall pick Jade Etienne, although it’s believed an agreement is close to being in place with the receiver from the University of Saskatchewan.
The Bombers also signed import receiver Greg Betterson on Friday. The 6-foot, 200-pound Niagara Falls, N.Y., native had 45 receptions for 639 yards and nine touchdowns in his final season at Delta State, an NCAA Division II school.