...To wait a bit longer before making his decision.
Sorry for the tease, Bomber fans, but after corresponding with assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson this evening the latest Jesse-Lumsden update isn’t much different from the previous update.
"We’re just waiting. He says he’s trying to decide" Hodgkinson said in an e-mail.
The Stampeders are also interested and while being close to the home of the national bobsled team – based in Calgary -- may be appealing to Lumsden, it sure won’t help him move ahead on the depth chart there ahead of Joffrey Reynolds and Jon Cornish.
Here’s what Calgary boss John Hufnagel told reporters today:
"I talked to Jesse at Henry Burris’ Golf Tournament in May. And (personnel guru) John Murphy has continual talks with a lot of people throughout the league throughout the season. There has been discussions. When the practice rosters open up (are expanded), maybe that’s a possibility."
One of the hold-ups, we believe, is Lumsden trying to come to grips with the reality that he’s got to start at the bottom – read: practice roster dough – before getting respectable coin again. That is, unless the Toronto Argonauts get involved and throw some money at him as insurance with Cory Boyd (concussion) out this week against the Bombers.
Meanwhile, treading through all the gossip and rumour while trying to keep this story fresh has had yours truly humming this tune all day...
Other stuff from Bomberland today:
-Lots of questions in Paul LaPolice’s scrum today about Louie Sakoda returning to work and whether he’d replace Justin Palardy. One question: Why? The kid has been solid since being signed and he’s Canadian.
-Bernard Hicks was back at practice (wearing Keyou Craver’s No. 5 for some reason), but the way Clint Kent has been playing at SAM linebacker and Alex Suber at halfback, where do they play him?
-Argos are making a bunch of changes – adding K Justin Medlock, DE Ricky Foley and DT Walter Curry, maybe getting Jeremaine Copeland back -- and are currently one-point favourites according to the Vegas oddsmakers.