By KIRK PENTON
Gilles Colon is getting a hard lesson in the art of negotiation.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver figured everything was hunky dory when GM Brendan Taman approached him with a contract offer last September.
Fast forward six months, and Colon is now a free agent who doesn't know if he will be returning to Winnipeg or venturing elsewhere.
"This whole situation has just been completely strange to me," Colon said yesterday from Virginia.
The Calgary Stampeders offered a contract to Colon on Thursday, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are also interested, but the two-year CFL veteran is still waiting to hear something -- anything -- from the Bombers.
Colon said Taman's offer in September was "low," but he figured the team would meet him in the middle after his agent responded with a counter-offer.
That didn't happen, and now he is free to join any team he wants.
When his agent sent the Calgary and Winnipeg offers to him on Thursday, Colon said the Bombers' offer had changed only slightly.
"Barely any difference," Colon said. "Could barely even tell."
It sounds like he won't be getting another proposal any time soon.
"He has our offer," Taman wrote in an e-mail yesterday.
Colon, a non-import who was plagued by injuries last season, isn't bitter about the situation. In fact, it sounds like it won't take much more for him to return.
"I was really looking forward to being back in Winnipeg," he said, "and the chances are that we can probably still get something going there."