Bombers Add O-lineman

CJOB radio is reporting, and has been confirmed by Doug Berry, that the Bombers have signed Garrick Jones. He will be a great addition to the o-line. He played for the Bombers a couple years back before bolting to the Texans of the NFL.

Here we go, hot of the presses:


WBB RELEASE – 2006/243


WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers beefed-up their offensive line today with the addition of offensive tackle Garrick Jones.

As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jones (6-5, 312, Arkansas State ‘01, DOB: Dec. 2, 1978 in Little Rock, Ark.) is in his second go-round with the Bombers. He originally played for the Bombers during the 2002 season, joining the team late that season.

Jones played his first game for the Blue & Gold on Oct. 6, 2002 versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders and went on to start the team’s final five regular season contests. He also started the Bombers’ Nov. 10 Western Division Semifinal game versus the B.C. Lions and the Nov. 17 Western Final against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Prior to rejoining the Blue Bombers, Jones spent the past three seasons (2003-05) as a member of the Houston Texans of the NFL. He spent four games on the Texans’ practice roster in 2003 before being elevated to the active roster on Nov. 14. He was inactive for the Texans next 11 games. Jones was inactive for all 16 games in ’04 and spent most of the ’05 season on Houston’s practice roster.

Jones attended training camp with the Atlanta Falcons this summer and was one of the team’s final cuts.

“Garrick is a quality player who brings plenty of experience and ability to our football club,? said Bombers G.M. Brendan Taman. “We expect him to make a significant contribution to our football team.?

BOMBER BUSINESS: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are pleased to announce the appointment of Eugene Kostyra and William Watchorn to the football club’s board of director’s.

Kostyra and Watchorn were unanimously elected to the Bomber board of directors on Aug. 25.

Kostyra recently held the position of Secretary to the Community and Economic Development Committee of Cabinet with the Government of Manitoba. The committee coordinated all major government initiatives relating to community and economic development. Prior to that, he worked for Winnipeg Hydro and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. He also served as the MLA for the Seven Oaks constituency during the 1980s, worked for the Canadian International Development Agency in South Africa and served as a member of the board of directors for both Centre Venture and the ENSIS Growth Fund.

Watchorn brings more than 30 years of experience in senior financial and operating management to the football club’s board of directors. From 1991 until 1997 he was the President and CEO and a director of ENSIS Corporation Inc., which he helped establish in 1991. Prior to 1991, Watchorn worked with Federal Industries Ltd., which he joined in 1982 and where he held a number of general and operating management positions. Watchorn is a chartered accountant by trade and in 1994 he was made a Fellow of the Manitoba Institute.

“We are pleased to have two people of the calibre of Eugene Kostyra and William Watchorn join our team,? said Blue Bombers board chairman Ken Hildahl. “Their experience and expertise will be welcome additions.?

very nice addition. i find it amusind that palmer signing made tsn news but eric wilson and garrick jones both get no mention. yet palmer will likely have no impact on the league were as these olinemen instantly make starting roster.

the all canadian bachelor qb vs a couple import oliners......tsn sure knows there ball.

...OH MY....I just read this release from the Bombers.....this guy is a BIG difference maker.....welcome we're putting it together....

Like the old saying goes..the game is won n lost on the line, way to go Bombers...way to go.

Now, the pieces are starting to come together although we will not see the total picture this year due to injuries. In all,Eric Wilson,Garrick Jones,Dan Goodspeed(injury),Matt Sheridan(injury),Mike Abou-Mechrek(injury), Aaron Fiacconi, Val St Germain, Obby Khan,Jermese Jones, Belton Johnson,Dominic Picard, Marc Parenteau all form the nucleus of a dominant o-line once they work together awhile. This line will be a catalyst for the good things in the yers to come. Now , all we need is a commanding Qb to replace milketoast Glenn.