Carr wanted to stay with Bombers

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

WINNIPEG - It wouldn’t have taken much more to keep Greg Carr in Blue and Gold.

The 6-foot-6, 26-year-old receiver signed with the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent, Thursday, reportedly for some $15,000 more than the Blue Bombers were offering.

While Carr says the difference was “a little more” than that, he made no bones about what he would have done had the Bombers matched Edmonton’s offer.

“I would have been in Winnipeg,” Carr told the Sun from his Florida home, Thursday. “I would have loved to stay in Winnipeg. To them, I guess it just wasn’t worth it.”

Winnipeg’s top receiver in the Grey Cup game with seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, Carr acknowledged there was a time, Wednesday, when he thought he was returning to the Bombers.

But as the Sun reported, Thursday, Eskimos GM Eric Tillman, upon losing out on the sweepstakes for free agent lineman Brendon LaBatte, also a Bomber, swept in with a last-minute increase to his offer.

“They took the initiative,” Carr confirmed. “I guess in (Winnipeg’s) eyes, it was too much. Everybody knows you go to free agency hoping to get the best offer. They were neck-and-neck.”

Told that one of his teammates, defensive back Deon Beasley, called the Bombers “cheap” on Twitter, Carr chuckled.

“My mom always said if the shoe fits, wear it,” he said. “Some people may call it cheap. Others may call it being smart with their money.”

Carr took an online beating from some Bomber fans for his move.

But he wanted them to know his decision was all about taking care of his family.

He has some serious family commitments, after the death of his father and grandmother this off-season.

Recently his mother also underwent surgery and remains hospitalized, although she’s out of intensive care.

“Growing up, I looked my mom in the face and said I’ll do what I can to always be there for my family,” Carr, who has 11 siblings, said. “Family has always been first in my life. It just bothers me that I’m perceived as the bad guy. People will say what they want to say.

“I don’t want to be made to be this big superstar. That’s not my M.O. I’m not that type of dude.”

Told that Winnipeg GM Joe Mack said he’d be fairly easy to replace, Carr just shrugged.

“I’m pretty sure he can replace me. I guess in business-world terms, I’m expendable.”

Carr ranked fourth among Bomber receivers last season, with 46 receptions for 648 yards and four touchdowns.

He says with a good year he can earn more than six figures with Edmonton.


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