Now before we go into the FA signings, let's remind ourselves that Taman WILL NOT BE GM much longer as Mike Kelly is rumoured to become HC/GM and i agree with that move 100% .... Now about our FA'S, My suggestions on Must Signs and Who Cares!!
The Bombers head into the off-season with 14 free agents. They are:
fullback Graeme Bell
running back Fred Reid
linebackers Ike Charlton and Cam Hall
offensive linemen Alexandre Gauthier, Matt O'Meara, Dominic Picard and Kyle Koch
defensive linemen Gavin Walls, Jerome Haywood, Shawn Mayne and Jon Oosterhuis
defensive back Kelly Malveaux and Malbouro
long snapper Chris Cvetkovic.
And to the fans who say or think Simpson is a FA, you're wrong, he is heading into his option, so that basically leaves Simpson as TRADE BAIT or RELEASED with Moreno and Lobedahn as Linebackers.
As far as our FA'S are concerned ---- i think we need to re-sign Fred Reid, remember we do have Smith and his salary is high but is being paid by the LEO'S, so we can afford to keep the Lightning and Thunder Tandam. Graham Bell is good on special teams, but would be no big loss, even though i like the way he plays. Charlton and Hall ---- one or both will be gone as Charlton showed me nothing spectacular this year, Cam Hall was a leading tackler --- BUT with Moreno and Lobedahn (LO or Moreno will move to OLB) which leaves one OLB position, if we had to sign one of the two we have I would opt for Hall over Charlton. Gavin Walls needs to be re-signed as he showed he can still play up to his rookie year and played awesome the second half of the year, Haywood re-signing would depend on TOM Canada's status next year, if Canada can return or will return i will take Canada over Haywood (which leaves the D-Line with Brown, Canada, Walls and Ellis), Mayne is mainly a utility player so who cares, Oosterhuis is injury riddled, no need to sign him. DB'S, have to keep Malveux as he was one of the only players to play hard all year, Marlbourough is done, being 33 years old and wasn't a factor at all. We need Cvetkovic, cause no one else can long snap, remember Donnelly trying (how pathetic). Oline we need to re-sign Picard and Koch, Koch has promise and Picard plays hard nosed all the time. Gauthier is 50/50, the guy is hot-cold and takes 6 penalties a game. Matt O'Meara, don't know enough about his ability on the oline, just know he is a ST player and don't hear his name too much.
As far as other FA'S that may be available or player's released ----- Bruce would be a good signing with Milt Retiring, but at what price? The rest is up in the air.
As far as our QB situation ---- In a real world i cannot see Glenn being here, he is trade bait as far as i am concerned so that leaves us with Dinwiddie, Randall and Chang .... All with little or no experience, i would give Dinwiddie a shot at starter, bring back Randall to learn the game more as he is a mobile QB and has great potential. I would like to see the Bombers go after Printers, Durant, Williams, Maas or Jarious Jackson. Now Durant is a long shot as Sask is ready to re-sign him, Printers would need to be released and take a HUGE pay cut, Williams will probably start with Hamilton and Jackson will still be in BC. All these guys would be an upgrade but the only QB'S i see being moved are Bishop (waived by Sask), Printers and Joseph. Of those 3, i would NOT want Joseph or Bishop here as they only care about there own stats (and Bishops are frankly horrible, i would rather Glenn over Bishop). Printers may be an option and could be great with our running game and recievers, needs to take a pay cut though. So with Kelly coming in, the logical choice is trading for Maas as he and Kelly are close, but again Maas is not young anymore and hasn't started in 2 years and we know what happened then.
Saying all that, we have to remember that Williams, Maas and Printers played on a team that resembled a high school team in Hamilton (No Oline, Second Rate Recievers and Numerous second string running backs except when Lumsden was healthy, which was very rare) so these 3 would be my top picks.