Bombers safely sign Logan

Blue Bomber #31 Ian Logan during team practice at CanadInns Stadium in Winnipeg, August 24, 2011....

Blue Bomber #31 Ian Logan during team practice at CanadInns Stadium in Winnipeg, August 24, 2011. (QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The allure of playing in his home province was there, so Ian Logan thought about waiting until February.

Then he realized he had a pretty good thing going in Winnipeg.

The Bombers safety signed a new two-year deal with the club on Tuesday, forgoing the ability to test CFL free agency in February.

“I considered thinking about getting closer to home, but things are too good in Winnipeg,” the 29-year-old said from Kitchener, Ont. “It didn’t make sense to burn that bridge and see what would happen in Toronto or Hamilton. I’ve been happy for my six years, so I figured I might as well stick with what’s been good.

“It was tough losing the Grey Cup, but team-wise it was fantastic and personally having the best season of my career, I was thrilled about the season.”

It’s believed Logan’s deal will pay him well into six figures per season, which makes sense considering he’s not only a starting Canadian, but an all-star to boot. The Bombers were able to put either part or all of his signing bonus on the 2011 books, giving them a little more salary cap flexibility in 2012.

“It’s good for business,” assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson said. “We did have some cap space left that we used to sign him. That never hurts. It’s good to have a player of his calibre re-signed at this time.”

Logan, who hails from Waterloo, Ont., tied a career high with four interceptions in 2011, and he was named the CFL’s all-star safety — one of only five Bombers to earn such a distinction. He also had a forced fumble, a fumble return, two pass knockdowns, 34 tackles and three special teams tackles. It’s unclear if he had an administrative role on the Swaggerville town council, but Logan was nonetheless part of an impressive Winnipeg secondary that allowed the fewest passing yards in 2011.

“He’s a critical element to our defence, both in terms of his leadership and he had a calming effect back there with those guys,” Hodgkinson said. “He understands the defence, and a big factor is the ratio.”

FREE AGENT WATCH: Logan’s new deal means there are 11 Bombers who are eligible to become free agents, including quarterbacks Buck Pierce, Alex Brink and Joey Elliott. Hodgkinson knows getting all three back will not be easy.

“The quarterbacks are a challenge, and I respect the fact they’re a challenge because they all believe they have the ability to be a number one quarterback in this league. That’s a positive, but how you then turn around and keep everybody happy in that situation obviously has its challenges,” Hodgkinson said.

“They’re anxious to know how they see their fit. Based on Buck’s situation and his productivity this year, it’s probably difficult not to pencil him in as the apparent number one guy. Everyone loves Joey’s athletic ability, his attitude and his work ethic, but part of those discussions hinge around the fact he’s had a significant knee injury. He’s coming along very, very well.

“You try and mediate between trying to keep him happy with the understanding that, until he can basically demonstrate that he is full speed ahead, you can’t just try and do the good thing and the right thing and not protect yourself at the same time.”

COACH WATCH: Bombers defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke has interviewed for Hamilton’s head coaching position, while linebackers coach Casey Creehan is in the running for Calgary’s defensive co-ordinator position.

Logan would like to see Burke return for a second season in charge of Winnipeg’s defence.

“When I talked to coach Burke before I left to come back home, I’d said him coming back would be a huge part of me re-signing,” Logan said. “He kind of told me he was going to be back for sure. I know that he’s been doing interviews and it’s possible that he could leave, but I’m obviously hoping he’s back. It would be tough to find a replacement and have another defensive co-ordinator.”


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