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Lobendahn talking contract with Stampeders

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Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn appears set to join the Calgary Stampeders.

According to the Calgary Herald Wednesday afternoon, Lobendahn was on the verge of inking a deal with the Stamps in time for training camp — pending the results of a physical on his surgically repaired knee.

The 29-year-old passed the physical, he said, but as of Wednesday evening he had not yet come to terms with the team.

"It went well. I'm just keeping my options open right now," Lobendahn said, reluctant to discuss details on the negotiations with the Stamps or why the two sides haven't come to an agreement. "I feel good. We're talking... we'll see what happens next."

The hang-up in contract discussions, one suspects, is money. With his veteran status, Lobendahn would stand to collect his salary even if he were to go down with an injury during camp. Lobendahn has had three separate surgeries on the same knee, the latest coming after tearing his ACL in the Banjo Bowl last season.

In 45 games with the Blue and Gold, the Washington product had 180 tackles and 20 special-teams tackles. The 5-foot-11, 242-pound Hawaiian had seven sacks and an interception in his time with the Bombers.

Winnipeg released Lobendahn last week, determining his injury history and import status weren't going to fit into their plans moving forward. With the retirement of Doug Brown, the team has to make room for another Canadian starter, eyeing 2011 draft pick Henoc Muamba and veteran Pierre-Luc Labbe for the middle linebacker position.

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