Canadian Football League

Monday, July 11, 2005

Bombers trade veteran Canadian Football League offensive lineman

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers traded offensive lineman Dave Mudge to the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday for Aaron Fiacconi, a 2006 conditional draft pick and future considerations.
Normally a stalwart on the offensive line, Mudge has struggled so far this season and even started on the bench in Thursday's 21-15 loss to the Calgary Stampeders. The Blue Bombers are now 0-3 on the season.

Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Dave Mudge was named the CFL's most outstanding lineman in 2001. He was traded to the Montreal Alouettes Sunday. (CP File Photo)
"We want to wish Dave Mudge all the best with his new team," Bombers coach Jim Daley said in a statement. "Hopefully he will continue his very successful career with the Alouettes. He has been a quality person and player for this organization."
Fiacconi has played all four of his CFL seasons with Montreal.
"He is physical, strong and tough," Daly said. "The Alouettes were looking for a guard-tackle and the Bombers were looking for a centre-guard so this trade should be on mutual benefit to both teams and both players."
Mudge, a six-foot-seven-inch, 305-pound native of Whitby, Ont., is a two-time CFL all-star and three-time winner of Winnipeg's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award.
He was also named the league's top offensive lineman in 2001.
Mudge began his CFL career with the Toronto Argonauts in 1999. The Argos selected him in the third round of the 1997 Canadian college draft out of Michigan State University.
Mudge joined the Blue Bombers in a trade just before the 2000 CFL season.


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