FREE AGENT WATCH: The chances of Alexandre Gauthier returning to the Blue and Gold don't look good.
The offensive lineman, whose contract expires Sunday at 11 p.m., said yesterday from Conklin, Alta., that the Bombers offered him the contract he wanted -- but it was a little too late for his liking.
"I gave them three weeks to give me what I wanted," Gauthier said. "After that I said, 'No, I'm going to wait.' Yes, they offered me what I wanted after, but I told them it's too late.
"I don't feel bad at all with what I'm doing. I'll be waiting for free agency."
Kelly sounded a bit perturbed when asked if Gauthier's story was how things actually went down.
"Well, I'm sorry we're not on his timetable," Kelly said sarcastically. "Darn!"
Found this in the Winnipeg Sun today.
Seriously, though, Kelly claimed the Bombers did everything they could to re-sign the left tackle before Sunday's deadline.
"We discussed with him several different ways that we could structure," Kelly said. "We always kept in mind the dollar figure that he felt was important for him to reach. After providing him with several different ways to reach that number, we offered him basically what he was looking for.
"It was still prior to free agency, so I'm sorry that we didn't meet his deadline. Here we go with the tail wagging the dog again."
Gauthier did his own negotiating with the Bombers, but he is now represented by Gil Scott. The latest rumours suggest Gauthier will sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.