Roughriders extend Brendan Taman's contract

Will stay with the team through 2013
Reported by Joel Gasson
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced Saturday they've extended the contract of general manager Brendan Taman. His deal was set to expire at the end of this season.

Taman joined the Roughriders four years ago, becoming general manager three years ago, after spending 10 years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He just gained control of football operations this off season with the departure of Ken Miller.

"It was something we knew we wanted to do," said president and CEO Jim Hopson. "I though it was important for not just Brendan (Taman), but for Corey (Chamblin) and the staff to know that we had Brendan (Taman) under contract for this year and next."

Football is very much a game of what have you done for me lately, but some of the most successful teams, no matter the league, tend to have consistent management.

"The BC Lions are a good organization because Wally Buono has been there, it's stable," said Hopson. "Even last year when they were struggling."

Hopson added that they only signed him for one year because it aligns with a lot of other contracts on the team. Hopson also said the team has an option in the deal for 2014.

"It hasn't really changed my mind set at all," said Taman of the deal, adding he hasn't really been thinking a whole lot about signing a new deal. 

Taman is a Saskatoon native, so the timing of the announcement doesn't appear to be that surprising.

"I think that was a little of a plan from Whip (Ryan Whippler) and Jim (Hopson)," said Taman. "It worked out pretty well, it's pretty neat actually."