Poblah contract talks stalled

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:27 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Bombers have locked up receiver Jade Etienne, but the same can’t be said for Kito Poblah.

And it doesn’t look like the Central Michigan receiver is going to be getting to Winnipeg anytime soon.

Bombers assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson characterized the talks as ongoing, but Poblah’s agent provided a little more detail in a text message Wednesday night.

“(The talks) are not going as well as we would like,” Mark LeMire said. “Kito is ready to get to work, and we have yet to find common ground. I can only speculate it is the result of having to account for three first-round picks under the salary cap this year.”

The Bombers drafted linebacker Henoc Muamba first overall and then took Etienne at No. 4. Then they surrendered their first-round draft pick in 2012 to select Poblah in Monday’s supplemental draft.

Etienne officially signed his entry-level contract on Wednesday morning, just hours before the start of rookie camp.

He didn’t have a sparkling debut by any means, but he did have one nice catch where he showed off his wheels. LaPolice said Etienne wasn’t the only player who may have been overwhelmed on Day 1.

“I don’t think it was just him, because all these guys, defensively and offensively, are kind of running around, spinning,” LaPolice said.

BRIGHT LIGHTS: It’s never a bad thing when the coach mentions your name on the first day of rookie camp.

Bombers defensive end hopeful Kenny Mainor was one such lucky individual who got kudos from LaPolice on Wednesday after the workout at Winnipeg Indoor Soccer Complex.

Mainor figures he has a bit of an advantage after participating in Calgary Stampeders camp last spring, but he knows it won’t mean much unless he puts it to good use.

“It’s still football, so you gotta perform,” Mainor said. “Knowing is only half the battle. You still have to do it. It’s a slight edge.”

LaPolice also praised defensive end Jason Vega and first overall draft pick Henoc Muamba, saying the linebacker “can run around those bags pretty good, too.”

Greg Betterson was the best receiver by a mile, and although LaPolice said he noticed all of his pass catchers he singled out Damian Sherman and Perry Floyd.

Among the quarterbacks, Alex Brink had pretty good accuracy considering he was working with a host of newcomers.

LATE HITS: The final players added to Winnipeg’s training camp roster on Wednesday were defensive backs C.J. James and Leslie Majors … The rookies will hit the Canad Inns Stadium field on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.


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