Craig Dickenson officially joins Blue Bombers

Move was speculated on Thursday
Reported by Joel Gasson
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It's official...Craig Dickenson is now a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Winnipeg Sun's Kirk Penton first reported the news yesterday, after the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that their special teams coordinator had resigned from his post.

"The biggest thing is his commitment to being here in the off season as much as we need, just didn't live up to his lifestyle," said general manager Brendan Taman on Thursday. "He decided it probably wasn't in his best interest to stay."

What still isn't known at this point is when exactly did Dickenson quit, but sources tell News Talk Radio that was it was prior to Thursday's announcement. Because of that, the team isn't expected to look at tampering allegations, as once a coach quits they are free to talk to any team. We also don't know how much earlier head coach Corey Chamblin wanted Dickenson here, and what are the reasons as to why he wouldn't be able to be in Regina, though speculation suggests it has to do with his snowboarding instruction job at White Fish in Montana.

Calls into Dickenson from News Talk Radio have not been returned.

Dickenson joins the Bombers after only a couple of seasons in Saskatchewan.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity of working with Coach (Tim) Burke again in Winnipeg," said Dickenson in a release. "Coach Burke and I have a great relationship from working together in the past and I believe he is putting together a great staff and has a great vision for where this team is going.  It will be great to start fresh in a new stadium in front of some of the league's loudest fans."

The move does re-unite Dickenson with Burke and defensive coordinator Casey Creehan as the three of them did work together in Calgary.