So, it is now official - the season has been written off, the Bombers are in next-year mode, and the airlift is in full swing. But I wonder just how much they are going to accomplish between now and next spring, at least with CFL veterans.
The disenchantment of Armstrong and Simpson is well-known.
Bryant wanted out since training camp, and has finally been dealt.
It was reported that Franklin (in his option year) was offered an extension and declined, citing displeasure with how he was being used, meaning he was gone after this season as well.
Clearly, there is a segment of the Bomber room unhappy. The question is, what ability will the Bombers have to re-sign their free agents, and attract new ones. If I'm a Bomber fan, I'm scared. I read the blog by Kamau Peterson last week, and that is about as direct a condemnation as I've ever seen by a player at another regime. And, if that represents the mindset of the average CFL player, look out come February.
Here are some of his thoughts:
"To ask a player during the working year to take a pay cut while he’s giving his all on the field, and hasn’t done anything to harm the club is about the most insulting thing that I can think of, which is probably why it isn’t done very often."
"It is a team’s treatment of these veteran players that can either aid or cripple them during the offseason recruiting of free agents, as well as enhance or deflate the team’s reputation with up and coming young players in the league."
"In such a small league, players take a keen notice as to the goings on of other players and the situations that they are put into. Much like a player’s reputation is difficult to repair once damaged, the same could be said for an organization that develops a reputation for wronging their players."
A rather damning indictment, I would say.