The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had no problem saying goodbye to Nate Davis Sunday, just four months after general manager Brendan Taman said the free-agent defensive lineman was too good to pass up.
Davis was one of threeBombers cut after losing his job to fellow free agent Jerome Haywood, who has one quarterback sack in two games this season, but more importantly has impressed coach Doug Berry.
"The Nate Davis situation was a thing where I'm feeling really good about [defensive tackle] Jerome Haywood after a couple of games and feel like that's the direction we want to move in," Berry told the Winnipeg Sun.
"So it was only fair to Nate to let him go and see if somebody else might be interested in using him."
Davis, in his seventh season after six years with theSaskatchewan Roughriders,posted a single defensive tackle in one game for Winnipeg.
On March 19, Taman found room under the league's $4.05-million salary cap to sign Davis, 33, who made 20 defensive tackles and four sacks in 17 games in 2006.
Over his career,the Indiana product has 165 tackles and 32 sacks.
Onyenegecha lauded for play
The Blue Bombers also jettisoned import defensive back Gabriel Fulbright and non-import receiver Blair Atkinson on the weekend.
Fulbright was deemed expendable because of the play of defensive back Chijioke Onyenegecha and the arrival of Sam Young, a recent cut of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
"That's part of the decisions," Berry said. "Guys step up and, 'Whew! We've got to keep Chijioke around.' I mean, that guy can play."
Onyenegecha stood out in Friday's 19-15 loss to visiting Edmonton, counting two defensive tackles and two pass knockdowns.
Berry said Atkinson was a victim of the numbers game with veteran players returning from injury.