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« on: January 22, 2022, 01:08:24 AM »

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms on a new one-year contract with all-star offensive tackle Stanley Bryant.

The six-foot-five, 306-pound blocker was named to the CFL all-star team for a sixth time in 2021 at left tackle. He was also named the CFL?s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman and in so doing became the first player in league history to win the award three times. He had previously been honoured in 2017 and 2018 was the runner-up for the award in 2019.

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2022, 01:37:42 AM »

Blue Bombers extend contract of CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman Stanley Bryant

WINNIPEG, MB., January 21, 2022 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a new one-year contract with all-star offensive tackle Stanley Bryant.

Bryant (6-5, 306, East Carolina; born: May 7, 1986 in Goldsboro, N.C.) is one of the most decorated linemen in Blue Bombers and Canadian Football League history.

Named to the CFL All-Star team for a sixth time in 2021 at left tackle, Bryant was also selected as the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman and in so doing became the first player in league history to win that award three times, after having previously been honoured in 2017 and 2018 was the runner-up for the award in 2019.

Bryant was also named the Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman for a fifth time in 2021 and has been so honoured seven times in his career, including in 2011 and 2013 as a member of the Calgary Stampeders.

Bryant has been a mainstay on the left side of the Bombers offensive line since first signing with the club as a free agent in 2015. He was part of an offence that led the CFL in scoring in 2021 and anchored a unit that surrendered the fewest quarterback sacks while helping three different running backs compile the second best rushing totals in the league this season.

As durable as he is dominant, Bryant had dressed for 103 consecutive games for the Bombers since his arrival in 2015 before that streak was snapped as he was rested for a game against Montreal in November.

He has now appeared in 169 regular season games with the Bombers and Stampeders and has three Grey Cup championships to his name: 2021 and 2019 with Winnipeg and 2014 with Calgary.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2022, 01:44:15 AM »

Great week for us! All the Bomber outstanding players signed. Can almost hear the moaning from Saskatchewan
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2022, 02:16:47 AM »

This is ridiculous.  How is Walters doing it?  I mean I figured Stan was already making big money and didn't really want to go anywhere, but this retention rate is unbelievable.
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2022, 03:09:24 AM »

Essential signing

Boyz are back!

Alexander Couture then Harris (reduced salary incentive laden perhaps) then Lawler up next..

Gettin to the nitty gritty already!

We will need to locate a new corner with good hips, ball skills, and awareness replace Alford
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2022, 03:12:08 AM »

Great week for us! All the Bomber outstanding players signed. Can almost hear the moaning from Saskatchewan

it is sweet!  Cool
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2022, 04:28:18 AM »

Incredible that we got all our MOPs back.....now we need to secure the running back position because we make our living running the ball, especially in the fourth quarter.     This will be interesting.....then there's still a lot left to sign....but I'm liking it very much so far.    Good job Mr. Walters!
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2022, 04:35:11 AM »

Obviously one of the most critical signings, but the one I worried about the least.

Stan the man was always coming back.
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2022, 04:40:42 AM »

Obviously one of the most critical signings, but the one I worried about the least.

Stan the man was always coming back.
who are the players you worry most over?    I'm thinking Lawler, Alexander, Bailey for starters
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2022, 05:17:18 AM »

who are the players you worry most over?    I'm thinking Lawler, Alexander, Bailey for starters
I think fat chance we get both WR stand outs back.
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2022, 05:45:39 AM »

who are the players you worry most over?    I'm thinking Lawler, Alexander, Bailey for starters

Lawler might try for huge coin elsewhere, but it will have to be big $$.

I'll go out on a limb and predict Bailey stays and doesn't ask for the world.  Bailey bounced through so many teams (in many leagues) and finally found a real home with us.  I think he likes the family.  I think he's the sort that values that.  If we make Bailey a fair offer, he'll take it.  You need to look into their character... I always love Bailey's passion, even MOS is amazed by it.

KEEP GOING, DO NOT STOP, I CAME FROM THE BOTTOM, ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, WE'RE ABOUT TO WIN THIS THING MAN!  -- Bailey, GC 2019, epic
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2022, 05:54:30 AM »

Bryant: monster.  Future HOFer?  Gonna need a lot of clay for that bust!  Shocked Shocked Shocked Cool

I'm not surprised at all we got him.  Why would he want to leave?  Why pull a Chungh or Bond and go suck turf on substandard teams?  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I wonder what the money was...

So far one thing stands out with the re-signings: we aren't having trouble keeping the boys together.  Almost certainly indicates they want to be here, and for fair money, without asking for the world.  This is a reflection of the "MOS locker room" culture for sure.  Tons of these guys could get big raises heading off to the weaker, desperate teams.  But they're not... (Remember how many great players left TOR & SSK after their GCs! Or even CGY with its many.)

But money realities say we must lose at least 1-3 "important names" just to make $M$ work out.  There's gotta be some position(s) we are forced to risk it on some new ELC IMPs that hopefully McManus & crew have scouted up.  But hey, our scout track record has been amazing for at least 3-4 years now, so I'm confident it will all work out (just look at the DB signings for 2021!).

(Maybe we can make up some money by offering cheaper contracts to the IR guys like Maston, Jovan, etc.)
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2022, 06:04:59 AM »

who are the players you worry most over?    I'm thinking Lawler, Alexander, Bailey for starters

 Currently, I?m most worried about Couture and Lawler.

They are guys that could make bank in FA and could find success on other teams.

Alexander is an interesting see because he?s so good, but plays a position that doesn?t pay well. So he might be expecting ore than he?s going to get, but Walters pays a fair rate so I have high hopes a deal will get done.
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2022, 06:32:03 AM »

Currently, I?m most worried about Couture and Lawler.

They are guys that could make bank in FA and could find success on other teams.

Ya, but is C an in-demand position?  Isn't that the "easiest"?  Have we been underpaying Couture?  Funny thing is I know almost nothing about him personally, never seen a presser, doesn't do interviews, no one quotes him.  He's quite a mystery.  I'll take your word for it he's a flight risk.  We always seem to lose a good hoggie every off-season.

Who would be our C if Couture bails?  Eli?
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2022, 01:03:00 PM »

It's been a great week of re-signing players this week. Bryant is the best OT in the CFL and rarely misses a play.

Still many great players to get resigned: Alexander, Bailey, Couture, Darby, Harris, Oliveria, Grant, Richardson, Hansen, Jones, Benson and Rose.

A few on the list I'd like back but not so sure it's possible in our SMS: Lawler, Augustine, Castillo, Desjarlais, Eli and Taylor
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2022, 01:05:08 PM »

Ya, but is C an in-demand position?  Isn't that the "easiest"?  Have we been underpaying Couture?  Funny thing is I know almost nothing about him personally, never seen a presser, doesn't do interviews, no one quotes him.  He's quite a mystery.  I'll take your word for it he's a flight risk.  We always seem to lose a good hoggie every off-season.

Who would be our C if Couture bails?  Eli?


Eli has the suspension issue with Covid. We could sign him with little or no bonus and see how the travel situations develops by this summer. That would make it a two way risk for team and player.   Failing that maybe we look at Spooner to return?
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2022, 01:43:49 PM »

Ya, but is C an in-demand position?  Isn't that the "easiest"?  Have we been underpaying Couture?  Funny thing is I know almost nothing about him personally, never seen a presser, doesn't do interviews, no one quotes him.  He's quite a mystery.  I'll take your word for it he's a flight risk.  We always seem to lose a good hoggie every off-season.

Who would be our C if Couture bails?  Eli?


McEwen just signed a 2-year deal worth 190/195. Couture could demand up to that much. Probably even more to a team desperate to fix their OL.

And the reason I'm worried is because we don't have a replacement and we're already likely starting Grey in place of Dejarlais.

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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2022, 02:35:28 PM »

McEwen just signed a 2-year deal worth 190/195. Couture could demand up to that much. Probably even more to a team desperate to fix their OL.

And the reason I'm worried is because we don't have a replacement and we're already likely starting Grey in place of Dejarlais.



Ouch. That's a lot of coin for McEwen. It's early but we're probably going to be down a few Canadians from 2021 roster. We might get a better idea after we sort out what is happening at the RB position and WR with Woli. Then we'll know what's in the budget to refill Canadian spots lost. I don't see many OL in the top 20 draft choices currently listed. Might not be the best draft season to fill the pipeline.

Any word on Dobson yet and is he a center candidate if he arrives at TC?

All that in mind I expect Couture signs in Winnipeg shortly. Wishful thinking maybe but hopes are high. The catch is that he's from Vancouver and they need OL badly although not specifically at C.



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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2022, 04:50:38 PM »

1. Happy Bryant is back.
2. Suspect Couture is back but if not, wonder about bringing back a guy like Cody Speller.
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2022, 05:13:14 PM »

Couture is the next signing I would like to see.

IF we get him locked up we should still have the top O-line in the league...a bit thinner in depth but we do have some in the pipeline
Our D-line less the Stove is all back....I feel Kongbo will be back again

That's where games are won and lost, and we have ZC and Biggie to captain each side of the ball. Receiver's and DB's while important are not to level of O and D line. At RB we have three guys who showed they can play I have no doubt at least 1 will be back...
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« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2022, 05:53:24 PM »

1. Happy Bryant is back.
2. Suspect Couture is back but if not, wonder about bringing back a guy like Cody Speller.
I think Kolankowski is at the very least our backup option at center
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2022, 06:59:24 PM »

I think Kolankowski is at the very least our backup option at center

Yah, hopefully he remains a backup this year, he had a bit of game time last year and didn't look ready IMO.
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« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2022, 07:00:40 PM »

Yah, hopefully he remains a backup this year, he had a bit of game time last year and didn't look ready IMO.
Didn't have the chance to watch him but if he didn't look ready, not sure he ever will. He's not exactly young. To be fair, he also hadn't played in years leading up to this season
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« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2022, 10:07:03 PM »

Couture is the next signing I would like to see.

IF we get him locked up we should still have the top O-line in the league...a bit thinner in depth but we do have some in the pipeline
Our D-line less the Stove is all back....I feel Kongbo will be back again

That's where games are won and lost, and we have ZC and Biggie to captain each side of the ball. Receiver's and DB's while important are not to level of O and D line. At RB we have three guys who showed they can play I have no doubt at least 1 will be back...
Really?  He is still listed as a free agent however  he is a key component of our front 4 and I'd think he should receive a pay increase!    He really helps shut down the oppositions running game!   Like MOS said.. he is a "different kind of animal....very explosive and powerful"on D!
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« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2022, 03:29:24 PM »

who are the players you worry most over?    I'm thinking Lawler, Alexander, Bailey for starters

Agreed.  Those 3 are key players.
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« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2022, 03:46:42 PM »



Any word on Dobson yet and is he a center candidate if he arrives at



Dobson transferred from Maine to Texas specifically so he could get some game tape in the FBS division to increase his prospects in the NFL draft.  He got noticed, he was an Honourable Mention for the All Sunbelt Team.  He is an absolute load at 330+ pounds, but apparently moves well.

I am not sure he gets drafted, but I think he is extremely likely to get an Undrafted Free Agent offer.  I wouldn't count on him being in camp until 2023.

I think we have a good chance of reupping Couture, but if not, Eli, Speller sand Fontana are all possible centers if they can get their vaccinations sorted out.  I also think moving Neufeld to center and signing an OG in free agency is a possibility.
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« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2022, 07:18:09 PM »

Fantastic news!  Best or second-best o-lineman in CFL history (after Walby).
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