Two Bombers could be headed for free-agent market

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Joe Mack didn’t think he’d have any trouble re-signing the vast majority of his potential free agents.

Perhaps he should speak with agent Darren Gill. Gill says at least one, and probably two, of his Winnipeg clients are headed for free agency: defensive lineman Don Oramasionwu and offensive lineman Steve Morley.

Morley was a starter in 2011, but Oramasionwu might be just as valuable a commodity.

A Winnipeg native who recorded three sacks and 16 tackles in spot duty last season, the former U of M Bison could be a potential replacement for the retiring Doug Brown.

But his agent said Tuesday he wants to “see what opportunities the market might offer,” adding he hasn’t ruled out a return to Winnipeg.

Morley, one of four starters along the O-line whose contracts are set to expire, is likely headed in the same direction, Gill said.

Just last week, Mack expressed hope most of his potential free agents would return.

“My conversation with all the players is they all would like to come back,” he said, while acknowledging some players could “drift to free agency” before the Bombers get around to negotiating with them.

Potential deals with quarterback Buck Pierce and O-lineman Brendon LaBatte will determine how much room the Bombers have left under the salary cap.

LINEBACKERS COACH BOLTS: Another member of head coach Paul LaPolice’s staff is leaving, linebackers coach Casey Creehan is poised to become the defensive co-ordinator in Hamilton. Creehan has ties with new Ticats head man George Cortez, as both worked together in Calgary.

Creehan’s departure follows that of receivers coach Chris Wiesehan (University of Hawaii) and offensive co-ordinator Jamie Barresi (fired).

BAUMAN FINDS A HOME: It didn’t take long for Brandonite Chris Bauman to land on his feet.

Cut by Edmonton last week, Bauman, 27, has agreed to terms with Calgary. Bauman’s siblings revealed the news on Twitter, Tuesday.

Bauman, the first pick of the 2007 draft, by Hamilton, was a bust as a free-agent signing last season.

Earning a reported six-figure salary, he caught just 11 passes for 132 yards in seven games.


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