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The Calgary Stampeders have acquired receivers Romby Bryant and Arjei Franklin from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a deal for receivers Jabari Arthur and Titus Ryan, plus defensive lineman Odell Willis.

Calgary also gets a third-round pick in 2010 and the rights to an unnamed negotiation-list player, while fourth and sixth round picks in 2010 also went to Winnipeg.

You expected Calgary to deal with the loss of Thelwell and Rambo no closer to returning. here is the break down of the trade from our perspective.


Odell Willis started the season strong but tapered off in the past four games. He became expendable with the return of Charleston Hughes, a healthy Labinjo, and Terrius George.

You knew the writing on the wall was there for Tius Ryan who rarely contributed offensively and also became a liability on punt returns. The butter fingers Ryan couldn’t hang on to the ball in the past two games and you had t he sense his time was done.

That leaves Arthur who had the most promise of the group but was hampered by injuries. He may emerge to be a useful Canadian receiver so time will tell what type of loss he will be.

Calgary receives two game ready receivers in Bryant, 29, is in his second CFL season and has 20 catches for 232 yards and no touchdowns through 11 games. Last season, he led the Bombers with 1,205 yards and nine touchdowns on 65 receptions.

Franklin, 27, has missed most of this season with an ankle injury and has five catches for 53 yards.


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