Bombers hope to re-sign all three quarterbacks

Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce throws against the Lions during the CFL's 99th Grey Cup game...

Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce throws against the Lions during the CFL's 99th Grey Cup game at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C., Nov. 27, 2011. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Blue Bombers want their three quarterback amigos back, but may not be able to get them all.

Buck Pierce, Alex Brink and Joey Elliott, who missed most of the season with a torn ACL, have expressed their desire to return, but both Pierce and Brink want their expectations met. Winnipeg GM Joe Mack wants to get all three re-signed before Feb. 15, 2012, the deadline for free agency.

Pierce, for one, wants a raise.

“I feel if I’m their guy and they’re putting the faith in me and putting the responsibility on me to move forward and lead this team, then I do feel that way, and I think everybody would,” he said Tuesday. “If you’re a starter in this league and you’re a guy they’re putting this on, then you need to be compensated equally.”

It is believed Pierce made almost $200,000 with bonuses this season. Some of those incentives were based on his number of starts due to his injury history, so he would prefer more guaranteed money in his next pact.

“I honestly feel like I have played well enough this year to deserve that,” said Pierce, who had put off contract talks until the end of the season. “I’ve proven that I can lead a team there. We fell short, and that’s very disappointing and very disappointing for me, but they know what they’re going to get out of me and they know how hard I’m going to work and what kind of leader I’m going to be to get this team back to where it needs to go.”

Mack does not anticipate any major problems in those negotiations.

“Buck and I have a very good relationship,” Mack said. “It’s very productive. He knows how I feel about him as a person and a player. You never know for sure, but I don’t foresee any problems.”

Mack may have more problems re-signing Brink, though.

“I haven’t started any contract talks with the team,” said Brink, currently Pierce’s heir apparent. “I want to be in Winnipeg. I like Winnipeg. They’ve given me an opportunity and I like this city a lot. I like our fans. I think we have a great group here. I think this team has an opportunity to win championships and I want to be a part of that.

“That being said, this is a business and I want to see where the best opportunity is. I want an opportunity to compete to be a starter and wherever that is, I’ll kind of take it as it comes in the next few months.”

Brink, 26, completed 89 of 140 passes (63.6%) for 1,023 yards and five touchdowns, with four interceptions this year. He started two games while Pierce was injured.

Elliott, 25, actually started the season as the backup with Brink at No. 3.

“The big goal is always to find the next guy who’s gonna lead you for 10 years and to the championship,” said Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice. “We’ve had younger guys and they’ve been able to have an opportunity to play, which is a good thing.”

Elliott started two games toward the end of the 2010 season.


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