Sportsnet.ca -- Controversial linebacker Kyries Hebert is close to agreeing to a new contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and is expected to report the club in the next few days, reports Sportsnet's Football Insider, Eric Tillman. The modified deal, according to a source close to the situation, is expected to be for two years and an option.
The former Ottawa defender, who signed a high-priced, five-year contract extension with the Renegades after the 2005 season and was later charged with felony assault in Texas, was not taken in the April dispersal draft in spite of being viewed as one of the CFL's premier young players. He was then placed on waivers, per CFL bi-laws, and, after lengthy internal discussions, the Bombers decided to "claim" the 6-3, 215-pounder on the last day before the seven-day waiting period expired.
Hebert, who started at safety and linebacker in Ottawa, in addition to being one of the CFL's premier special teams performers, threatened to take legal action, claiming that he and all Renegades players had been informed in writing that they would be free agents if not selected in the dispersal draft. The league and Bombers general manager, Brendan Taman, countered that the waiver process is standard procedure for all players before being granted free agent status. As the dispute continued, Hebert refused to report to the Bombers training camp in May.
The 25-year-old Louisiana Lafayette graduate was in Cincinnati in April, where he was on the verge of signing with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals when he learned that he had been claimed only hours before the CFL deadline expired. Hebert had previous NFL experience with the Minnesota Vikings and the Houston Texans. A versatile athlete, he had played wide receiver early in his university career before moving to defence.
With a new agreement in principle and a significant reduction in his legal charges, which should negate any legal issues precluding him from entering Canada, Hebert is expected to be in Blue and Gold possibly as early as this Saturday against Edmonton or no later than July 8th, when the surprising Bombers travel to Toronto to face the Argonauts.
i guess were goin to be seeing him playing on special teams if he is in the lineup for saturdays game, and backing up at lb, and maybe saftey..there is no way he can start with our lb's and safety playing soo well so far this season..he is going to start off as a backup..but what a good backup to have lol