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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have added another name to their stable of quarterbacks – announcing today a trade that brings Edmonton Eskimo third-stringer Stefan LeFors here for draft picks – and have actively begun trying to trade Kevin Glenn.
The Bombers sent their second-round pick in this year’s Canadian draft and a conditional pick next spring for the 27-year-old LeFors (6-0, 203 pounds), a former star at Louisville who has spent the last two years in Edmonton.
New Bomber head coach Mike Kelly spoke with Glenn on the phone to inform him of the LeFors trade and tell him the club will try to move him to a new locale.
"I called Kevin Glenn prior to any of this being announced today and talked to him man-to-man," Kelly said from Mobile, Al., where he is scouting the Senior Bowl.
"We had a great conversation and he was very appreciative of the honesty we showed him. I told him we were going to try and move him and asked where he would like to be moved to. He gave me a couple of options... so now we start that procedure. And if we don’t get him moved, then Kevin comes in and he competes and it will only make us better."
LeFors, meanwhile, started five games for the Esks as a rookie in 2007 when Ricky Ray suffered a shoulder injury, completing 60.8 per cent of his passes for 1,193 yards and six TDs against eight interceptions while rushing for an additional 204 yards and two TDs.
Originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft, LeFors was released in 2006 before joining the Eskimos.
At Louisville LeFors threw for 5,853 yards and 38 TDs to become the school’s all-time leading passer and as a senior in 2004 was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the top QB in the NCAA.
"I watched him every day in practice in Edmonton," said Kelly. "There were numerous coaches on the staff that would say after practice, ‘That guy could start for more than half the teams in this league.’ He just handled himself... so well knowing he wasn’t going to play because that’s Ricky Ray’s team there in Edmonton. And yet he handled himself as a professional. I found him highly intelligent. He’s tough. He’s very accurate with the ball and he can make plays with his feet and those are the qualities I’m looking for.
"I see a lot of qualities in him that make me think he’s going to be a successful player in our league," Kelly added.
LeFors joins Kevin Glenn – for the time being – as well as Ryan Dinwiddie, Bryan Randall and Timmy Chang on the Bomber QB depth chart. In Edmonton LeFors was the No. 3 QB in Edmonton behind future hall of famer Ricky Ray and veteran Jason Maas.
Now he’ll get a fresh start with the Bombers and, likely, a real shot at starting.
"It was good to learn the ropes from him in Edmonton, but now coming to Winnipeg I’m just going to work hard and do my best and try to pick up the offence Coach Kelly will be implementing and go from there," said LeFors.
"As far as looking to start... that hasn’t crossed my mind right now. I’m just going to go in there and just play hard and help the team out in whatever capacity they need me to.
"I had a funny feeling something was going to happen and I was glad to hear it was Coach Kelly that was the guy that made it happen. It’s important that it’s a guy that I know. We only worked together for one season, but got to know each other pretty well during that time. This is a fresh start. It should be exciting being in a new place. I’m looking forward to coming to Winnipeg."
In other Bomber news, the club finally confirmed news from last week that veteran middle linebacker Barrin Simpson will return in 2009 under terms of a new restructured contract.