Bombers axe Pi­card, O-line­man’s hefty salary

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS - By Ed Tait

DO­MINIC Pi­card’s game has al­ways been about grit, about tough­ness, about do­ing any­thing pos­si­ble — most of it le­gal — to gain an ad­van­tage along the line of scrim­mage.

And now the vet­eran cen­tre is again look­ing for a new team to ap­pre­ci­ate all those qual­i­ties af­ter be­ing re­leased by the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers Wed­nes­day.

The move isn’t all that sur­pris­ing, given the play of Matthias Goossen at the end of the 2015 sea­son with Pi­card on the in­jured list. And with the vet­eran cen­tre also earn­ing in ex­cess of $190,000, he also be­came a vic­tim of the salary cap.

The Bombers signed Goossen, se­lected sec­ond over­all in 2014, to a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion ear­lier this month and drafted him to be their cen­tre when he was ready. Adding Pi­card last win­ter not only gave the Bombers a griz­zled pres­ence in the mid­dle of their O-line, he was also the per­fect tu­tor for Goossen.

Pi­card started 14 games in 2015 be­fore be­ing in­jured. Goossen’s play im­pressed Bombers brass so much they were ready to have the start­ing chores handed to him long term.

Orig­i­nally drafted by the Bombers in 2006, Pi­card spent three sea­sons with the club be­fore sign­ing with Toronto and then the Riders as a free agent. His per­se­ver­ance in over­com­ing tes­tic­u­lar can­cer ear­lier in his ca­reer was ev­i­dent when­ever he stepped on the field, where he played ev­ery snap like it might be his last. He was an East Di­vi­sion all-star in 2011 and the Riders’ top O-line­man in two of the three sea­sons he played in Saskatchewan.

This past Oc­to­ber he played in his 150th ca­reer CFL game.

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