Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Reilly never seriously considered playing for Bombers: Mack

  • Print

The asking price was too high, there was too much uncertainty and at the end of the day, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers believe B.C. Lions quarterback Mike Reilly was going to end up in Edmonton no matter what they did.

"There was just too much uncertainty," Bombers general manager Joe Mack told the Free Press Thursday afternoon after the Edmonton Eskimos announced they had acquired Reilly -- the most coveted potential CFL free agent this winter -- from the Lions and signed him to a contract extension.

"We had no opportunity to speak to the gentleman and we’d had no feedback at all and nothing to go on," said Mack. "And purely from a practical standpoint, why would you sign (with Edmonton) early unless there’s absolutely where you wanted to be in the first place.

"Because two weeks from now, he would have increased his overall leverage because he would have been a free agent."

Mack said the Lions also approached the Bombers about trading Reilly to Winnipeg prior to the quarterback becoming a free agent on Feb. 15. Mack didn’t say what terms the Lions offered, but he didn’t dispute published reports on Thursday that B.C. was seeking to swap first round draft picks with Winnipeg this year -- B.C. drafts seventh overall while Winnipeg drafts second overall -- and also wanted a third-rounder.

Mack said the Bombers were told they wouldn’t be allowed to speak to Reilly prior to Feb. 15 unless they did that deal and he felt that simply wasn’t a deal he could do.

Mack repeated that he feels the fact Reilly signed with Edmonton today rather than going to free agency and potentially becoming the subject of a bidding war between the Eskimos and Bombers suggests Reilly never really did seriously consider Winnipeg.

"If you think about it from a negotiation standpoint -- why wouldn’t you wait a couple of weeks and see where the market was at, unless you’d already decided that’s where you wanted to be."

The deal the Eskimos cut with B.C. to acquire Reilly so that they could negotiate a contract extension appears to have been less costly to them than the one the Bombers were offered: the Lions said the Eskimos swapped second rounders with them -- they will now draft 11th overall and Edmonton will draft 14th overall -- and Edmonton also sent the Lions their second rounder in 2014.

Mack was asked whether it concerns him that, if he’s correct, Reilly so obviously preferred to play in Edmonton than Winnipeg. "No. He’s from Washington, Edmonton’s a lot closer to the state of Washington than Winnipeg is. There’s a whole bunch of things that go into anyone’s personal decision like that."

The Bombers have four quarterbacks already under contract for 2013 -- Buck Pierce, Alex Brink, Joey Elliott and Justin Goltz.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Interview with Bobbi Ethier of Wasylycia-Leis campaign

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Local-(Standup photo)- A wood duck swims through the water with fall refections in Kildonan Park Thursday afternoon.
  • PHIL.HOSSACK@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 090728 / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS White Pelicans belly up to the sushi bar Tuesday afternoon at Lockport. One of North America's largest birds is a common sight along the Red RIver and on Lake Winnipeg. Here the fight each other for fish near the base of Red RIver's control structure, giving human fisher's downstream a run for their money.

View More Gallery Photos

Ads by Google