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« Reply #225 on: January 15, 2018, 02:26:02 PM »

Both the Esks and Stamps had about 20 players on their IR at the end of the season. Many of those were starting players. The Esks lost about 4 RB's during the season and trading for Gable was about their 5th starting RB. They lost Sherritt and many starting OL.

The Esks still have 71 players on their roster as a result. We finished the season about 54 and then signed a few of our PR guys and a few rookies since the end of the season. Now we sit at 60 IIRC.

So don't spew that we were the hardest hit going into the playoffs.

I think injury timing does make a difference though. When we received our injuries we also couldn't sign and play certain players or allow them time to really get used to our play book. Sure Edmonton had a ton of long term injuries, but those injuries game hard and early. A seven win streak allowed them to work throug the injuries and find adequate replacements. By the time playoffs rolled around they had a winning streak going on with the replacements and even got some key starters back though some of those starters had even lost their roles to the replacements. When our injury bug hit us we didn't really have much opportunity to do the same thing, one of our major injuries also fell during the period where you could sign a guy that was released but he couldn't play this year. That means all we could play would have been pure rooks or of the shelf vets that no one wanted at all. So I mean we could compare ourselves to Edmonton, or accept that Edmonton was a strong team come playoff time with different circumstances then our own.
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« Reply #226 on: January 15, 2018, 02:37:51 PM »

As Milt Stegall says, injuries are no excuse. A well rounded and built football team can overcome injuries. Simple as that. It sucks when starters go down but losing 3 players, unless it's your QB, shouldn't end your season. The Bombers had poor depth behind Leggett, no answer for losing Westerman at NAT, and unready receiving depth when injuries struck. Part of KW's job is having players behind these guys that don't constitute a drop off a cliff if they go down. We lost because we didn't have the depth we needed to win at certain positions. Plain and simple.
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« Reply #227 on: January 15, 2018, 02:43:36 PM »

The timing of our injuries was important. If we'd got them early in the season, we most likely wouldn't have made the playoffs at all.
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« Reply #228 on: January 15, 2018, 03:08:00 PM »

The timing of our injuries was important. If we'd got them early in the season, we most likely wouldn't have made the playoffs at all.

This could be true. It's why I don't buy into the 'well we were injured excuse".
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« Reply #229 on: January 15, 2018, 03:24:51 PM »

The timing of our injuries was important. If we'd got them early in the season, we most likely wouldn't have made the playoffs at all.

I think that's overly pessimistic.  I think if those injuries had occurred mid-season we likely go 10-8 instead of 12-6 and would have had to go on the road for the play-offs. 
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« Reply #230 on: January 15, 2018, 03:26:14 PM »

I think that's overly pessimistic.  I think if those injuries had occurred mid-season we likely go 10-8 instead of 12-6 and would have had to go on the road for the play-offs. 

Probably....if the SAME injuries had occurred.
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« Reply #231 on: January 15, 2018, 04:02:32 PM »

I think injury timing does make a difference though. When we received our injuries we also couldn't sign and play certain players or allow them time to really get used to our play book. Sure Edmonton had a ton of long term injuries, but those injuries game hard and early. A seven win streak allowed them to work throug the injuries and find adequate replacements. By the time playoffs rolled around they had a winning streak going on with the replacements and even got some key starters back though some of those starters had even lost their roles to the replacements. When our injury bug hit us we didn't really have much opportunity to do the same thing, one of our major injuries also fell during the period where you could sign a guy that was released but he couldn't play this year. That means all we could play would have been pure rooks or of the shelf vets that no one wanted at all. So I mean we could compare ourselves to Edmonton, or accept that Edmonton was a strong team come playoff time with different circumstances then our own.

Yes it makes a difference however it's a matter of having good depth with players on the PR.

I struggle to name ONE player on the PR after TC that was activated that made any impact. Other teams had that depth that we didn't.
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« Reply #232 on: January 15, 2018, 04:05:29 PM »

Most of MOS backups are ST players only and not real backups eg:LBers
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« Reply #233 on: January 15, 2018, 05:11:38 PM »

Most of MOS backups are ST players only and not real backups eg:LBers

Those are the players that Walters provides.
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« Reply #234 on: January 15, 2018, 05:31:43 PM »

Key injuries at the end of the season definitely hurt the Bombers chances.  Dont forget the Eskimos lost, what, 7 in a row with all their injuries.

Still, what cost the Bombers against the Eskimos were the same problems the D had ALL YEAR.  Giving up big plays.  Blown coverage leaving receivers uncovered in the backfield.  Sometimes 15 or so yards away from the nearest defender.
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« Reply #235 on: January 16, 2018, 12:21:41 AM »

Those are the players that Walters provides.

How does that differ from any other team, though? Most back-ups play on STs, anyway.
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« Reply #236 on: January 18, 2018, 12:36:51 AM »

Free agency check-in  - One month out
January 12th - Ed Tait

There's often a panicky feel to the days leading up to Canadian Football League free agency, both from inside the inner sanctums of the nine franchises and from their loyal fan bases.

The move toward one-year contracts means the annual list of free agents is longer and more substantial than in years past, with talented players hitting the open market every winter.

And it means this is the time of year when finger nails get gnawed to the nub, when nerves are frayed, and when both pride and anger boil over during negotiations.

It's no different here in Winnipeg with the Blue Bombers, as GM Kyle Walters hinted this week from CFL meetings in Banff; the challenge of keeping intact a talented squad that has gone 23-13 over the last two regular seasons is impossible while working under a salary cap that jumps only $50,000 this year.

It's the harsh business reality of this league, but it?s news that likely doesn?t make any of the 13 Bombers still unsigned all warm and fuzzy about possible returns in blue and gold.

All that said, the next few weeks are when GMs, agents and players really roll up their sleeves and hammer out deals in the days before the opening of free agency at 11 a.m. on February 13th.

Consider last year: In the month or so before free agency, CFL teams combined to lock up 52 potential free agents before the deadline with the Bombers inking Stanley Bryant, Dom Davis, Justin Medlock, Darvin Adams, and Matt Nichols in January, and Jesse Briggs the day before the market opened.

Walters said this week none of the remaining unsigned free agents have officially been told they will not be back in 2018. That said, not all of them will return and the Bombers GM plans to meet with head coach Mike O'Shea this week to discuss where negotiations stand with each player.

At the same time, the club has been studying the league-wide list of prospective free agents, making this an awkward time of year when teams are negotiating with their own talent while eyeing possible replacement soon to hit the market.

With that in mind, bluebombers.com looks at the 13 unsigned Bombers and what might be on the horizon just over a month out from the market opening?

CB CHRIS RANDLE
Age: 29
His 2017: A sensational campaign in which he was named the Bombers' Most Outstanding Defensive Player and named to the CFL All-Star team.
Synopsis: He's a shutdown corner on a defence prone to giving up explosion plays. Will draw huge interest on the open market if he gets there.

DB T.J. HEATH
Age: 30
His 2017: Also named to the CFL All-Star team. Worked well alongside Randle in the Bombers secondary. Ball-hawking halfback who has 12 interceptions in 34 CFL games.
Synopsis: Another stellar DB who deserves a raise and will garner interest if he?s free in mid-February.

LB MAURICE LEGGETT
Age: 31
His 2017: Cut short by his Achilles injury in October. Was finishing up the latest in a series of spectacular seasons.
Synopsis: The Achilles may be a red flag for some, but Leggett insists his recovery is ahead of schedule. A fan favourite brought to the CFL by the Bombers, he's another who will be popular in free agency even with the questions about the injury and his age, because he's dominant at the most difficult spot to play on defence.

SB CLARENCE DENMARK
Age: 32
His 2017: Proved - again - that he is still productive by pulling in 58 catches for 608 yards and seven touchdowns. His numbers did drop down the stretch, with just seven catches for 57 yards and no TDs in his final five games.
Synopsis: The Bombers and Denmark have been down this road before. He was cut prior to 2016 before returning during a rash of injuries. The decision to re-sign Weston Dressler may impact Denmark's future status.

OL TRAVIS BOND
Age: 27
His 2017: Posted a solid campaign after bursting onto the scene in 2016 as a CFL All-Star. Missed the final few games due to an upper-body injury and was replaced by Patrick Neufeld.
Synopsis: The Bombers' need for more roster flexibility likely means the days of starting three imports on the O-line are finito. Both starting tackles in Stanley Bryant and Jermarcus Hardrick have been re-signed, as have Neufeld and import Manase Foketi. Draft picks Michael Couture and Qadr Spooner have also been developing. Bond won't last long in free agency because he can be a dominant pile pusher.

LB KYLE KNOX
Age: 28
His 2017: Camp opened last year with Knox as the front-runner for the middle linebacker job. He ended up starting eight games, making 33 tackles and adding two sacks.
Synopsis: Hard to figure where Knox might fit in now with the re-signing of Ian Wild and the emergence of Jovan Santos-Knox as a starter later in the season.

DB KEVIN FOGG
Age: 27
His 2017: Appeared in 15 games, starting five and leading the team in punt returns while picking off two passes.
Synopsis: A popular guy in the locker room, Fogg can play corner, half, and has filled in at SAM linebacker, so his versatility could make him attractive on the open market.

LB SAM HURL
Age: 27
His 2017: Started 18 games and finished second to Taylor Loffler on the team with 65 tackles, a forced fumble, sack and interception.
Synopsis: His biggest fan is his head coach, but he's become a lightning rod for criticism from fans who want the middle linebacker to be more of a thumper or playmaker along the lines of a Solomon Elimimian and less of a gap filler.

FB CHRISTOPHE NORMAND
Age: 26
His 2017: He's good at his job, even as the fullback position continues to be phased out of offences. Normand has had just 11 carries and 10 catches over the course of his three years with the Bombers.
Synopsis: The decision to dress both Andrew Harris and Timothy Flanders consistently means there is less reliance on having a player like Normand available as an in-game fill-in due to injury.

DE JAMAAL WESTERMAN
Age: 32
His 2017: Was among the CFL sack leaders when his season ended in September with an arm injury. He has 32 sacks in 47 games as a Bomber, moving him into the team's Top 10 on the all-time QB kills list.
Synopsis: Big question for the Bombers is what value does the team place on Westerman's leadership? The team ended 2017 with Tristan Okpalaugo and Jackson Jeffcoat shining at end, and has the athletic Canadian Trent Corney earning more reps as well.

DT JAKE THOMAS
Age: 27
His 2017: Tied a career high with four sacks last year and added his first career interception as part of the D-line rotation.
Synopsis: Thomas has seemingly been forever under-valued, dating back to his draft year (2012) when he was selected in the fourth round but has carved out a solid 101-game career. He'd get interest on the open market, and the Bombers do have young Canadian prospects in Faith Ekakitie and Ian Marouf under contract.

QB DAN LeFEVOUR
Age: 30
His 2017: Gave the Bombers offence an intriguing wrinkle in short-yardage situations - he rushed for six TDs - and he did lead the club to a win in frigid Calgary in his lone start in the regular season finale.
Synopsis: The Bombers will likely be tempted to sniff around the QB market in free agency for an experience No. 2 behind Matt Nichols and with Dom Davis still under contract. And, like every team, they are also constantly searching for a young pivot prospect.

WR JULIAN FEOLI-GUDINO
Age: 30
His 2017: Posted career numbers in '17 with 45 receptions for 462 yards and three touchdowns.
Synopsis: He did his job at the wide-side receiver spot, but Matt Coates started the playoff game and the Bombers did add former Minnesota Gophers star Drew Wolitarsky in a supplemental draft last year. Those factors don't help Feoli-Gudino?s bargaining power.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2018/01/13/free-agency-check-one-month/
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« Reply #237 on: January 18, 2018, 12:57:24 AM »

The CFL QB Carousel
January 16th - Ed Tait

The Canadian Football League's annual quarterback carousel has been on full spin this month and earlier this week, it spat out two veteran names who will have new homes in 2018.

First, Kevin Glenn - twice a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers - was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday after his release from the Saskatchewan Roughriders earlier this month. And later in the day, Darian Durant was cut adrift by the Montreal Alouettes after attempts to renegotiate his contract - including a $150,000 bonus he was due on Tuesday - failed.

That transaction had barely become public when Durant's name had been linked to the Bombers, who may be looking for quarterback depth behind starter Matt Nichols. The club is said to be 'investigating the Durant situation', as it would with any quarterback with experience who hits the open market.

Nichols is the clear-cut QB1 with the Bombers, having signed an extension last winter that keeps him in blue and gold through the 2019 season. Dom Davis is also under contract while the third pivot from last season and the only other man to start a game besides Nichols, Dan LeFevour, is a pending free agent.

Durant, even with his nightmarish season in Montreal, is certain to draw interest from a few CFL teams looking to augment their QB depth chart in a veteran pivot with two Grey Cup titles to his name. What his release on Monday means is the CFL QB carousel, which has already seen James Franklin traded from Edmonton to Toronto, Zach Collaros from Hamilton to Saskatchewan - not to mention Josh Freeman's signing with the Als and the ongoing Johnny Manziel saga - has another name in the hopper.

There is always the possibility the Bombers could trade for another QB, and they will undoubtedly look at trying to find more prospects to push Josh Straughn and Philip Nelson, but if they are looking for a pivot with some CFL snaps the list of prospective free agents is as follows (oldest to youngest)?

Ricky Ray (TOR)
Age: 38
His CFL career: Future hall of famer; four-time Grey Cup champion, including 2017. Has told the Argos he will decide on whether he will play this year or retire by the end of this month.
Best Guess: He won't hit the free agent market as he will either retire or play again with the Argos. Either way, the Boatmen look set at QB after trading for and signing James Franklin.

Darian Durant
Age: 35
His CFL career: A two-time Grey Cup champion who was a fixture in Saskatchewan from 2006-2016 before his one season in Montreal last year. As bad as the Als were last year, Durant threw for 3,233 yards and had 15 TDs against 16 interceptions. Some concerns about his arm strength during the season, but he's still a tough man to bring down and may still have some game left.
Best Guess: Now that Glenn has landed in Edmonton, Durant moves to the top of the wish list of teams looking for an experienced backup. Question is: Is Durant ready for that role?

Travis Lulay, B.C.
Age: 34
His CFL career: A former CFL Most Outstanding Player (2011) who revived his career last year in replacing Jonathan Jennings before suffering a season-ending knee injury in September. He's been limited to just 25 games over the last four years due to a series of injuries, but when healthy, proved last year he is less a No. 2 pivot and more a No. 1 or 1A. Likely won't be ready to play at the start of 2018.
Best Guess: Just about everyone in the CFL expects him to remain with the Lions. In fact, his next big career move in football could be to the sidelines as a coach or to the broadcast booth as he has already proven to be an excellent analyst for Sportsnet during Grey Cup week over the past three years.

Drew Willy, MTL
Age: 31
His CFL career: He was 1-4 in his final year as a starter with the Bombers before being traded to Toronto in September of 2016. He didn't win a game with the Argos that season and lost both his starts in Montreal last year. He was The Man here from 2014-16, going 11-18 before the shine came off his star.
Best Guess: He does have experience and there is a sense that the situation in Toronto and the nightmare in Montreal last year were impossible for any quarterback to succeed. Willy's resume might mean CFL teams kick the tires on a guy who has at least won games in the past in this league.

Dan LeFevour, WPG
Age: 30
His CFL career: He's started and won in this league, including the Bombers regular season finale in frigid Calgary last November. LeFevour is a big-bodied - 6-3, 236 - dual threat who is comfortable working in a supporting role.
Best Guess: Unlikely he'll be back in Winnipeg, and at 30, might not be seen as a No. 2 elsewhere in this league.

Jacory Harris, MTL
Age: 27
His CFL career: Limited. Appeared in a few games for Hamilton in 2015, completing 13 of 23 passes for 160 yards. Released and didn't play in 2016 and then didn't throw a single pass in '17. In other words: tough to really get a gauge on whether the former Miami Hurricanes star has got game. A third-string candidate at best.
Best Guess: He likely won't be on any team?s radar as a No. 2 pivot and the Als QB depth chart is, right now at least, thin with Josh Freeman, Matthew Shiltz and Antonio Pipkin currently the three pivots signed for 2018.

Cody Fajardo, TOR
Age: 25
His CFL career: Limited numbers in his two years in Toronto, but he has completed 29 of 48 passes for 261 yards with four TDs and no picks. He's a big man at 6-5, 215 and was used in some short yardage situations with the Argos the way the Bombers utilized Dan LeFevour.
Best Guess: The James Franklin trade with Edmonton landed the Argos their future starter and he could take the first snap in 2018 depending on whether Ray decides to retire. Either way, this leaves Fajardo in a bit of limbo - the Argos also have Jeff Mathews, McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Dakota Prukop under contract - and maybe looking at other options.

Everett Golson, HAM
Age: 25
His CFL career: Has dressed for 17 games over the last two years with the Tiger-Cats after starring at both Notre Dame and Florida State. Has thrown a grand total of four passes in his career, all of them completions, but his stats are limited.
Best Guess: Hard to say. His college credentials are intriguing, but he?s still a CFL prospect likely to push for work as a No. 2 and not a guy established enough to be considered a No. 2.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2018/01/16/cfl-qb-carousel/
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« Reply #238 on: January 18, 2018, 01:21:23 AM »

Danny McManus - Breaking Down Free Agent Camps
January 17th - Ed Tait

There are many, many mornings when Danny McManus wakes up, stares at the hotel ceiling while wiping the sleep from his eyes, and wonders out loud:

"Just where the heck am I again?"

Such is the life of a Canadian Football League scout like McManus, the hall-of-fame quarterback who now does his talent sleuthing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as their Assistant GM/Director of U.S. Scouting. Yes, the search for new talent means McManus and the Bombers' scouting staff cover miles upon miles of territory down south while trying to unearth new talent like the players discovered last year at free agent camps in Brian Walker, Brandon Alexander and Jovan Santos-Knox.

Bluebombers.com caught up with McManus last week during a particularly crazy stretch of travel and in advance of the first Bombers' free agent camp of the winter in Pensacola, FL on Saturday (Ted Goveia, the Bombers' Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel will be at a camp at Costa Mesa, CA on Sunday).

What follows is the first of two stories outlining how the free agent camp process works, followed by the experience Santos-Knox had last year before signing with the club.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN..

"Right now I'm driving home, washing some clothes, and then heading back out," began McManus, the sound of the Florida highway rolling by in the background. "Ted and I were in Dallas for the College Gridiron Showcase. Then I'm in Daytona for the Tropical Bowl (held last Sunday), then it's wash the clothes again before the East-West Shrine Game, followed by the Senior Bowl.

"And then we've got the four free agent camps in January."

In addition to the camps in Pensacola and Costa Mesa this coming weekend (details here) the Bombers will be staging events in Jackson, MS and Atlanta, GA next weekend. The club will hold up to 10 more camps right through April when training camp rosters begin to solidify.

And the goal is simple: To continue to stockpile the Bombers' roster with American talent and in the process, hopefuly find the next Milt Stegall, Charles Roberts, Chris Matthews or Maurice Leggett.

"You're looking at guys who were passed over or were maybe at small schools and didn't get a chance to show anything at their pro days," McManus explained. "It could be a guy who was in the NFL and got injured and is looking to get back into the game after taking some time off to recover. Maybe it's a guy we liked at NFL camps who got off the board a little bit and we want to have another chance to see him again.

"You never know why a guy is not playing football, but you want to give him every chance to show that he can play and provide him with the right opportunity."

The Bombers have held some camps where as few as 10 players show up, others where the number of prospects totals up to 70. They will send out camp information to all the prospects they may have seen or were unable to get to within the last year, and also rely on their contacts in football and agents to get the message out to their players. McManus and Goveia also lean on the Bombers' social media accounts to make sure the camp details reach as many prospects as possible.

FOR ONE BEN FRANKLIN...


Players reserve their camp spots in advance by contacting McManus or Goveia and then need only show up on shorts and cleats - the workouts do not include hitting - and plunk down $100 for the camp.

McManus, who began his playing career with the Bombers and spent 17 years in the CFL pitching footballs before retiring, also works his network to make sure at least one quarterback is in camp.

"Otherwise," he added with a chuckle, "you know who will be throwing: It'll be me. And I was good once, but I'm not good any more. You've got to have good quarterbacks to have a good workout.

A Bombers free agent camp will feature the standard testing drills like a player's time over 40 yards and short shuttle before some positional drills. The camp ends with one-on-one sessions.

"You get all kinds of guys," said McManus. "You get guys who haven't played in five years but heard about the camp and want to come out and see if they can take one more shot at glory. A couple years ago in Los Angeles we had a father and his son come out. The son didn't want to do it, but the dad said, 'I"ll do it with ya' and they both came out.

"But once they get to the camp Ted and I want to make sure they get a very good three-hour workout. We don't want anybody wandering away from the workout saying, 'They didn't take a look at me.' We enjoy it. We enjoy coaching the guys up. We enjoy the PR part of talking up the Canadian Football League and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. We also invite alumni living in the area to come out to the workout and help us. In Atlanta, for example, James West and Milt Stegall will come out. It's good for those guys, too."

The Bombers will work out hundreds of prospects during their free agent camps and in some cases, will immediately put a player on their negotiation list - meaning they would own his CFL rights - with a quick call to CFL headquarters before the camp is even completed. Follow-up legwork after a camp would include watching more film of prospects or requesting full game tapes before the club's coaches are involved to study the tape and provide their evaluations.

After that, players who have stood out will be offered a contract and invited to mini-camp, with the staff ensuring they have a proper passport and paperwork to cross into Canada.

"At that point," McManus explains, "the player really has his shot to impress us."

POPPING OFF THE PAGE...

The Bombers found Walker, Alexander and Santos-Knox - all of whom were starters on defence last season - at their camps last winter, along with former Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Ryan Lankford. And, much the same way free agent camp legends like Cameron Wake, Delvin Breaux, and Leggett did before them, the keys to popping off the page for talent evaluators is simple.

"Show something early," McManus said. "Whether it's your 40 time or your short shuttle... do something that gets Ted and I excited or has the guys helping us come over and say, 'You need to take a look at this kid because he did this over here' Then in your positional drills it's important just to be able to do what is asked of you. Can you listen? Can you be coached? We put them in some difficult situations to see how they react.

"Then we finish the workout with one-on-ones to see the competition. Do they rise up and compete or do they sit at the back at the line and not want to compete and try and rest on their (testing) numbers?

"Brian Walker was a guy who really popped off the page at a camp last year. In his case, he kept jumping up the line and wanted to get more reps. That's what I would advise: don't be a coward or sit at the back because then you're cutting yourself. Jump up there and show what you've got. If you have four good reps and one bad rep, we're probably going to remember at least two or three of the good ones and maybe forget about the bad one."

THE $100 GUARANTEE...

As much as the search for new talent can be exhausting - if this is Saturday, I must be in Biloxi - it's what bird-dogs like McManus and Goveia call their passion.

"Ted and I, we both love the chase," McManus said. "We love the chase of trying to find a player. The guys that get drafted in the NFL and CFL, that's easy because they can't go anywhere. But the player that everybody had a shot at and was passed over and comes and plays for us... those are the guys that make it worthwhile."

And when a player they find at a camp signs a contract and makes the team, it comes with a promise from the club: the $100 camp entry fee is handed back to them.

"There's nothing I like more than going up to a guy during camp or in the season and handing him $100," McManus said. "Usually the reaction is, 'What's this for?' We're not there for the money. We're there to find players that can help us."

https://www.bluebombers.com/2018/01/17/danny-mcmanus-breaking-free-agent-camps/
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« Reply #239 on: January 19, 2018, 03:52:14 AM »

January 18, 2018 -  The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed quarterbacks Josh Straughan and Philip Nelson, defensive linemen Sam Montgomery and Chris Casher, defensive back Zavian Bingham, receiver Garry Brown and running back Zach Bauman.  All players are internationals, and spent time with the Bombers last season on the club's practice roster.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2018/01/18/bombers-add-roster/

Josh Straughan    added to PR Oct 4 2017, released from PR Oct 24 2017
Philip Nelson        added to PR Oct 24 2017, released from PR Nov 2 2017
Sam Montgomery  added to PR Oct 17 2017, released from PR Nov 2 2017
Chris Casher        added to PR Oct 24 2017, released from PR Nov 2 2017
Zavian Bingham    added to PR Sept 28 2017, released from PR Oct 3 2017
Garry Brown         added to PR Sept 26 2017, released from PR Nov 2 2017
Zach Bauman       added to PR Oct 17 2017.released from PR Nov 13 2017
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