Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bomber General Manager Kyle Walters set off some alarm bells last Friday when he told his season ending state-0f-the-bombers news conference that he had re-negotiated the contracts of offensive lineman Stanley Bryant and kicker Justin Medlock, making both of them, technically, eligible for free agency.
Bombers fans can take a deep breath because neither of those players is going anywhere. Bryant told CJOB at the end of the season that he has an agreement to return to Winnipeg in 2017. And Medlock told 680-CJOB the same thing on Wednesday night at the Grey Cup in Toronto.
“I love Winnipeg, I think it’s a great organization. You never know how it goes, but I’m looking forward to hopefully winning a Grey Cup with the Blue Bombers, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m committed to it.”said Medlock.
The 33-year old Medlock had a sensational season, making a record 60 field goals in 2016. He only missed on 8 tries, putting his season percentage at 88.2, slightly above his all-time CFL best career average. Medlock is the odds on favorite to be named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams player at the Shaw CFL awards on Thursday night. Brandon Banks of Hamilton is the East finalist. The big award for Most Outstanding Player is expected to go to Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell with Ottawa receiver Ernest Jackson the runner up. The top defensive player award will go to either Solomon Elimimian of B.C. or Bear Woods of Montreal. Best Canadian is between Calgary running back Jerome Messam and Hamilton receiver Andy Fantuz with Messam the heavy favorite. Calgary’s Derek Dennis is expected to be named the top offensive lineman over Jon Gott of Ottawa while receiver Davaris Daniels of the Stampeders and offensive lineman Jason Lauzon-Seguin of the RedBlacks are finalists for top rookie. The coach of the year will also be announced Thursday–The Stamps Dave Dickenson is favored over Rick Campbell of the RedBlacks.
As of late Wednesday, ticket sales for Sunday’s 104th Grey Cup game were improving with a sellout of 33,000 plus expected at BMO Field.