Blue Bombers roster - 2023-2024

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Current Roster

Zach Collaros -8    QB  A  re-signed Oct 18 2022          2024  2025 (Contract length)            600 000 (salary)
Terry Wilson    QB  A  signed Nov 28 2023          2024  2025
Eric Barriere    QB  A  signed Jan 18 2024          2024  2025
Chris Streveler -17  QB  A  signed Jan 31 2024        2024        120 000 plus

Johnny Augustine -27    RB  N  re-signed Jan 26 2024          2024                            
Brady Oliveira -20    RB  N  re-signed Feb 6 2024        2024  2025        230 000 
Jonathan Rosery    RB  N  signed Nov 28 2023          2024  2025
Ronnie Brown      RB  A  signed Jan 12 2024          2024  2025
Chris Smith  RB  A signed Feb 7 2024        2024  2025

Dalton Schoen -83    WR  A  re-signed Feb 6 2024        2024        230 000 
Drew Wolitarsky -82    WR  N  re-signed Jan 20 2024        2024  2025
Nic Demski -10    WR  N  re-signed Feb 5 2023          2024  2025
Kenny Lawler -89    WR  A  signed Feb 14 2023        2024        285 000
Jeremy Murphy -87    WR  N  signed May 5 2023          2024
Ravi Alston -81      WR  A  signed Nov 20 2023          2024
Bryce Mitchell    WR  A  signed Nov 28 2023          2024  2025
Ontaria Wilson    WR  A  signed Nov 28 2023          2024  2025
Ronnie Blackmon  WR  A  signed Dec 7 2023          2020  2025    
Tyler Adams    WR  A  signed Jan 18 2024          2024  2025
Kody Case    WR  A  signed Jan 18  2024          2024  2025
Keric Wheatfall  WR  A signed Jan 23 2024          2024  2025
Braxton Burmeister  WR  A  signed Jan 23 2024          2024  2025
Peter Afful  WR  A  signed Jan 23 2024          2024  2025
Oliver Martin  WR  A  signed Jan 23 2024          2024  2025
Keytaon Thompson  WR  A  signed Feb 2 2024        2024  2025
Aron Cruickshank  WR  A  signed Feb 7 2024        2024  2025

Stanley Bryant -66    OL  A  re-signed Jan 16 2024          2024 
Micah Vanterpool  OL  A  signed Feb 2 2024        2024  2025
Chris Ivy  OL  A  signed Feb 11 2024        2024  2025
Eric Lofton  OL  A  signed Feb 16 2024      2024
Kendall Randolph  OL  A  signed Feb 22 2024        2024  2025
Patrick Neufeld -53    OL  N  re-signed Dec 18 2023          2024 
Chris Kolankowski -67    OL  N    re-signed Jan 29 2024        2024  2025          140 000 
Liam Dobson -64    OL  N  signed May 20 2022          2024
Asotui Eli  -65      OL  N signed Jan 18 2023          2024  2025

Jose Borregales  K  A  signed Jan 23 2024          2024  2025
Sergio Castillo  K  A  signed Feb 23 2024        2024
Jamieson Sheahan  -18    P  G  signed May 14 2023          2024
Mike Benson -40    LS  N  re-signed Dec 15 2022          2024    
                                                                                   
Jake Thomas -95    DT  N  re-signed Feb 2 2024      2024                                           
Cameron Lawson -99    DT  N  re-signed Dec 22 2023          2024  2025        135 000
Willie Jefferson -5    DE  A    re-signed Dec 4 2023          2024                                     
TyJaun Garbutt  -49    DE  A signed July 29 2023          2024
Nate Givhan  -92    DE  A  signed Nov 28 2023          2024
Celestin Haba  -45    DE  A  signed May 30 2023          2024
Miles Fox  -90    DT  A  signed June 12 2023          2024   
Jamal Woods    DT  A  signed Nov 28 2023          2024  2025
Ali Fayad  DE  A  signed Jan 23 2024          2024  2025
Jordan Lewis  DE  A  signed Feb 7 2024        2024  2025
John Waggoner  DL  A  signed Feb 9 2024        2024  2025
Kenny Randall  DT  A  singed Feb 22 2024      2024  2025
Anthony Bennett  -98    DE  N  signed May 5 2023          2024
Collin Kornelson  -97    DT  N  signed Nov 28 2023          2024  2025
Tanner Scmekel  -96    DT  N  signed May 7 2023          2024

Adam Bighill -4    LB  A  re-signed Nov 29 2022          2024
Kyrie Wilson -19    LB  A  re-signed Dec 16 2022          2024
Shayne Gauthier -44    LB  N  re-signed Feb 12 2024        2024
T Gaskill-Cadwallader -47    LB  N  re-signed Dec 20 2023          2024  2025
Brian Cole -41    LB  A  re-signed Jan 1 2024          2024
Marcus Hillman  LB  A  signed Jan 23 2024          2024  2025
Jared Beeksma  -43    LB  N  signed July 4 2023          2024
Max Charbonneau    LB  N  signed Nov 28 2023          2024  2025
Michael Ayers  LB  A  signed Feb 2 2024        2024  2025
Jeremiah Gemmel   LB   A   signed Feb 22 2024        2024   2025
                             
Deatrick Nichols -1    DB  A  re-signed Dec 21 2023          2024  2025
Brandon Alexander -37    DB  A    re-signed Feb 7 2024        2024 
Jamal Parker -7      DB  A  signed May 15 2022          2024
Nick Hallett -21    DB  N  re-signed Feb 1 2024        2024  2025
Redha Kramdi -17    DB  N  re-signed Dec 19 2023          2024  2025
Evan Holm -31    DB  A  signed May 23 2022          2024 
Souleymane Karamoko  -42    DB  G  signed Jun 3 2023          2024
Jake Kelly  -16    DB  N  signed May 5 2023          2024
Tyrique McGhee  -38    DB  A  signed June 27 2023          2024
Bret MacDougall    DB  N  signed Nov 28 2023          2024  2025
Anthony Blue    DB  A  signed Jan 12 2024          2024  2025
Nico McCarthy    DB  N  signed Jan 12 2024          2024  2025
Noah Hallett  DB  N  signed Feb 1 2024        2024
Tyrell Ford  DB  N  re-signed Feb 20 2024        2024
Marquise Bridges  DB  A  signed Feb 2 2024        2024 2025
Travon Fuller  DB  A  signed Feb 2 2024        2024  2025
Raleigh Texada  DB  A  signed Feb 7 2024        2024  2025

Transactions not announced by team:
WPG ADD  AMER Ronnie BLACKMON (WR)    West Georgia 07-Dec-23

Suspended players:
WPG ADD  AMER Will ALLEN (DB)    Columbia
WPG ADD  AMER O'Bryan GOODSON(DL)    Memphis
WPG ADD  GLOB Tom HACKETT (P)    Utah
WPG ADD  NAT Robbie LOWES  (LB)    Regina

Once a Bomber, Always a Bomber
Markeith Ambles  13  WR  A - finished season on practice roster, released Nov 20 2023
Noah Hallet  -23      DB  N - finished season on practice roster, released Nov 20 2023
Desmond Lawrence-22  DB  A - finished season on practice roster, released Nov 20 2023
Tomoya Machino  -69  OL  G - finished season on practice roster, released Nov 20 2023
Les Maruo  -00      LB  G - finished season on practice roster, released Nov 20 2023
Mike Miller -24  FB  N  re-signed Jan 19 2023 named Special teams coordinator Jan 8 2024
Dru Brown -6  QB  A  signed Dec 30 2021 -traded to Ottawa Jan 18 2024
Drew Richmond -60    OL  A  added to AR Nov 12 2021 - retired Feb 6 2024
Jesse Briggs -34    LB  N  re-signed Feb 13 2023 - retired Fed 12 2024
Dakota Prukop -12    QB  A  signed June 27 2023 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Greg McCrae -29    RB  A  signed June 3 2023 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Rasheed Bailey -88    WR  A  re-signed Feb 17 2023 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Janarion Grant -80    WR  A  re-signed Feb 2 2023 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
B O'Leary-Orange -84    WR  N    added to AR Nov 1 2021 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Jermarcus Hardrick -51    OL  A  re-signed Jan 11 2023 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024 
Geoff Gray -68    OL  N  re-signed Jan 17 2022 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024 
Sergio Castillo -14    K  A  signed May 4 2023 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Ricky Walker-96    DT  A    re-signed Dec 28 2021 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Jackson Jeffcoat -94    DE  A  re-signed Jan 16 2023 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Thiadric Hansen -3    DE  G  re-signed June 18 2022  - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Malik Clements -33    LB  A  signed Mar 4 2022  - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Winston Rose -30    DB  A  re-signed Dec 13 2022 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024 
Demerio Houston -35    DB  A  signed Dec 28 2021 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Alden Darby -22    DB A  re-signed Feb 5 2023 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024 
Kerfalla Exume -39    DB  N  Signed July 4 2023 - not re-signed by Feb 13 2024
Damian Jackson -48    FB  A  signed May 8 2023 - released Feb 16 2024


Roster 2021-2022
http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=53775.0

Roster 2020-2021
https://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=52994.0

Roster 2019-2020
http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=52483.0

Roster 2018-2019
http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=51239.0     

Roster 2017-2018
http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=49702.0

gobombersgo

#1
Roster as of Grey Cup 2023:

Zach Collaros -8    QB  A
Dru Brown -6        QB  A       
Dakota Prukop 12    QB  A

Brady Oliveira -20    RB  N 
Johnny Augustine -27  RB  N   
Damian Jackson -48    FB  A 

Kenny Lawler -89    WR  A 
Drew Wolitarsky -82  WR  N 
Rasheed Bailey -88  WR  A
Janarion Grant -80  WR  A
Nic Demski -10      WR  N
Dalton Schoen -83    WR  A
B O'Leary-Orange -84 WR  N 
 
Stanley Bryant -66    OL  A 
Geoff Gray -68        OL  N 
Chris Kolankowski -67  OL  N
Patrick Neufeld -53    OL  N 
Jermarcus Hardrick -51 OL  A
Liam Dobson -64        OL  N 
Asotui Eli  -65        OL  N

Sergio Castillo  -14  K  A 
Jamieson Sheahan  -18  P  G     
Mike Benson -40      LS  N 

Jackson Jeffcoat -94  DE  A               
Jake Thomas -95        DT  N 
Ricky Walker -96      DT  A                                       
Willie Jefferson -5    DE  A
Thiadric Hansen -3    DE  G 
Cameron Lawson -99    DT  N 
Anthony Bennett  -98  DE  N   
   
Adam Bighill -4            LB  A
Kyrie Wilson -19          LB  A
Redha Kramdi -17          DB  N
Jesse Briggs -34          LB  N
T Gaskill-Cadwallader -47  LB  N 
Malik Clements -33        LB  A   
Shayne Gauthier -44        LB  N
Brian Cole -41            LB  A

Demerio Houston -35    DB  A
Deatrick Nichols -1    DB  A
Brandon Alexander -37  DB  A
Evan Holm -31          DB  A
Jamal Parker -7        DB  A 
Kerfalla Exume  -39    DB  N
Nick Hallett -21      DB  N 

Practice roster:

Markeith Ambles  13  WR  A
Ronnie Blackmon -15  WR  A
Noah Hallet  -23      DB  N
Desmond Lawrence-22  DB  A
Tomoya Machino  -69  OL  G
Les Maruo  -00      LB  G

Injured List:
Ravi Alston -81      WR  A 
Miles Fox  -90       DL  A   
TyJaun Garbutt -49   DE  A
Celestin Haba -45    DE  A 
Souleymane Karamoko -42 DB  G 
Jake Kelly  -16      DB  N 
Greg McCrae -29      RB  A 
Tyrique McGhee -38   DB  A 
Jeremy Murphy -87    WR  N 
Drew Richmond -60    OL  A
Winston Rose  -30    DB  A   
Tanner Schmekel -96  DT  N  
Jared Beeksma  -43   LB  N (6 game)  
Alden Darby  -22     DB  A (6 game)
Mike Miller  -24     FB  N (6 game)

gobombersgo

#2
Transactions:

ROSTER                                    20-Nov-23

WPG ADD  AMER Will ALLEN (DB)    Columbia *
WPG ADD  AMER Ravi ALSTON (WR)    Montana State *
WPG ADD  NAT Jared BEEKSMA (LB)    Guelph *
WPG ADD  NAT Anthony BENNETT (DL)    Regina *
WPG ADD  NAT Mike BENSON (LS)    Acadia *
WPG ADD  AMER Adam BIGHILL (LB)    Central Washington *
WPG ADD  AMER Zach COLLAROS (QB)    Cincinnati *
WPG ADD  NAT Nic DEMSKI (WR)    Manitoba *
WPG ADD  NAT Liam DOBSON (OL)    Maine *
WPG ADD  NAT Tavita ELI  (OL)    Hawaii *
WPG ADD  AMER Miles FOX (DL)    Wake Forest *
WPG ADD  AMER TyJuan GARBUTT (DL)    Virginia Tech *
WPG ADD  AMER O'Bryan GOODSON (DL)    Memphis *
WPG ADD  AMER Celestin HABA (DL)    Texas A&M Commerce *
WPG ADD  GLOB Tom HACKETT (P)    Utah *
WPG ADD  AMER Evan HOLM (DB)    North Dakota *
WPG ADD  AMER Damian JACKSON (FB)    Buffalo *
WPG ADD  GLOB Souleymane KARAMOKO (DB)    Laval *
WPG ADD  NAT Jake KELLY (DB)    Bishop's *
WPG ADD  AMER Kenny LAWLER (WR)    California *
WPG ADD  NAT Robbie LOWES  (LB)    Regina *
WPG ADD  AMER Tyrique MCGHEE (DB)    Georgia *
WPG ADD  NAT Jeremy MURPHY (WR)    Concordia *
WPG ADD  AMER Jamal PARKER (DB)    Kent State *
WPG ADD  AMER Drew RICHMOND (OL)    USC *
WPG ADD  NAT Tanner SCHMEKEL (DL)    Regina *
WPG ADD  GLOB Jamieson SHEAHAN (P)    California *
WPG ADD  AMER Kyrie WILSON (LB)    Fresno State *
WPG ADD FROM ACTIVEXX AMER Nate GIVHAN (DL)    Toledo
WPG ADD FROM ACTIVEXX AMER Bryce MITCHELL (WR)    Toledo
WPG ADD FROM ACTIVEXX AMER Terry WILSON (QB)    New Mexico
WPG ADD FROM ACTIVEXX AMER Ontaria WILSON (WR)    Florida State
WPG ADD FROM ACTIVEXX AMER Jamal WOODS (DL)    Illinois
WPG TRF TO INJURED AMER Miles FOX (DL)    Wake Forest – to Nov-20
WPG TRF TO INJURED AMER Celestin HABA (DL)    Texas A&M Commerce – to Nov-20
WPG TRF TO INJURED NAT Jake KELLY (DB)    Bishop's – to Nov-20
WPG TRF TO INJURED AMER Greg MCCRAE (RB)    Central Florida – to Nov-20
WPG TRF TO INJURED AMER Winston ROSE (DB)    New Mexico State – to Nov-20
WPG TRF TO INJURED NAT Tanner SCHMEKEL (DL)    Regina – to Nov-20


NON-ACTIVE                              20-Nov-23


WPG REM SGD  AMER Miles FOX (DL)    Wake Forest
WPG REM SGD  AMER Celestin HABA (DL)    Texas A&M Commerce
WPG REM SGD  NAT Jake KELLY (DB)    Bishop's
WPG REM SGD  AMER Greg MCCRAE (RB)    Central Florida
WPG REM SGD  AMER Winston ROSE (DB)    New Mexico State
WPG REM SGD  NAT Tanner SCHMEKEL (DL)    Regina
WPG REM UNS  AMER Markeith AMBLES (WR)    Houston
WPG REM UNS  AMER Ronnie BLACKMON (WR)    West Georgia
WPG REM UNS  NAT Noah HALLETT (DB)    McMaster
WPG REM UNS  AMER Desmond LAWRENCE (DB)    North Carolina
WPG REM UNS  GLOB Tomoya MACHINO (OL)    Kyoto University
WPG REM UNS  GLOB Les MARUO (LB)    Texas at San Antonio

Notes: WPGs transactions of moving 6 players from PR to INJ were submitted prior to yesterdays game.
* Registration of existing 2024 contract.

gobombersgo

#3
Ed Tait  @EdTaitWFC
Nov 21
Unofficial @Wpg_BlueBombers pending free agent list:
Brown, Oliveira, Jefferson, Kolankowski, Neufeld, Rose, Nichols, Wolitarsky, Walker, Thomas, Prukop,
O'Leary-Orange, McCrae, Kramdi, Jeffcoat, Hardrick, Hansen, Hallett, Gray, Grant, Gauthier, Miller, Castillo, Bryant, Briggs, Bailey, Augustine, Alexander, Schoen, Lawson, Houston, Cole, Clements, Cadwallader, Darby

FREE AGENT ROUND UP
NOVEMBER 24, 2023 Ed Tait

It is as daunting a list as it is long, and as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers head into full offseason mode it has already led to some serious hang-wringing and nail-biting among the loyal fanbase.

The Blue Bombers' list of prospective free agents features 36 names, including the entire starting offensive and defensive lines, three starting receivers, five players who made starts in the secondary, ace return man Janarion Grant, kicker Sergio Castillo and – just to punctuate the point – Canadian Football League rushing champ and top homegrown product, Brady Oliveira.

There's also this: GM Kyle Walters, along with his assistants in Danny McManus and Ted Goveia, are also working on expiring contracts.

Yowzers.

Some context here, before clenched fists slam down on the proverbial panic button: at this time last year the Blue Bombers had 26 free agents, with eight then signing new deals before the New Year and another 10 before the annual league-wide talent grab began in February.

The bigger questions are how does a team that is so big on continuity keep this group together, knowing that everyone is a year older, that so many deserve raises or have taken cuts to stay? Who retires and who tries to squeeze out another year? Who might leave for the NFL? And which players does management make those difficult calls on and moves on from for someone younger and cheaper?

"My hope is that everybody comes back, obviously," said quarterback Zach Collaros, who is locked up through 2025. "It was a great run this season. We came up short in the final game but with the group that we had it was a successful season minus the last moment. You go back to last season as well and it was basically the same group of guys.

"I don't know what management has planned and I'm sure they've already started their due diligence with the evaluation process. It's just tough, whether it's guys moving on to a better contract or the team moving on from a person, or guys just choosing not to play anymore. It all makes it difficult."

Another factor here: the reality is with the amount of success this franchise has had over the last few years – seven straight double-digit win seasons and four straight trips to the Grey Cup – it's somewhat shocking more talent, including that on the coaching and management staffs, hasn't been poached by other organizations.

How long can that last?

"Good question," said guard Pat Neufeld, among the group of prospective free agents. "There's also a feeling that you've worked so hard to get to this spot. It's a group effort where guys have sacrificed a whole lot.

"So, you say guys could have gone or maybe should have been poached, but that also says a lot about what we've done here; the brothership and camaraderie we've built here. It means a lot to come to work and enjoy being with the people you work with.

"I've talked to a lot of guys before – the grass isn't always greener. I understand if there's a massive jump in salary that will have an impact on things, but if you truly love coming into this building and working with these people, that has to help with your decision, too.

"I've guided my decisions on that a lot," he added. "I've never really gone into free agency and knowing that I love being here, I don't want to change."

Financial rewards haven't always been paramount in keeping this group together over the last few years, but it is always a factor. Opportunity matters for those fighting for starting work, too. And a player like Oliveira, for example, will be watching closely – should he not land a gig down south in the NFL – as to how the club handles the uncertainty along the O-line while weighing his own financial demands.

"Everyone always says it's a special group – other teams would probably say that about their group," Oliveira said this week. "What makes it special? I've had time to reflect on that and I think it's because when you have so much continuity – the same guys in the locker room for multiple years – you start to create a really close bond. We've had lots of these same guys together for the last couple of years and just the reality of it now is we don't know how it's going to look next year. It's probably going to look a lot different and that's what sucks the most about it."

A look at the Blue Bombers pending free agents:

The Starters

Canadians
RB Brady Oliveira: CFL All-Star, rushing champ, the league's Most Outstanding Canadian and a hometown product.
Guard Pat Neufeld: CFL All-Star, has made no secret of his desire to stay.
Guard Geoff Gray: Manitoba product has made 35 regular season starts over the last two seasons.
Centre Chris Kolankowski: Took over from Michael Couture and the offence hasn't dipped one iota.
Receiver Drew Wolitarsky: Posted career-best numbers in receptions (47), yards (668) and touchdowns (6) while continuing his evolution as a leader in the room.
Defensive tackle Jake Thomas: The longest-serving Blue Bomber, he turns 33 next month but is also coming off a season in which he matched his career high with five sacks.
Dimeback Redha Kramdi: Grabbed hold of the dime spot this year and made 11 starts there.

Americans
Receiver Dalton Schoen: CFL All-star two years in a row and with gaudy numbers in his two years. Due a huge raise if he doesn't get another NFL shot.
Receiver Rasheed Bailey: Took a cut last year to stay in this corps and does the grinding work while others often get the glory. That doesn't go unnoticed around the league.
Tackle Stanley Bryant: What's left to be said? Legend. He's 37 but proved he can still get it done.
Tackle Jermarcus Hardrick: CFL All-Star and a finalist for the league's top lineman. Sets a tone for the club every day.
Defensive end Willie Jefferson: CFL All-Star who led the team in sacks, led the league in knockdowns, lives here year-round and is a fan favourite. All that = leverage.
Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat: Had eight sacks – second highest in his career – in 14 games to put him in the Top 10 in franchise history in that department. He'll be 33 on Boxing Day and will be in demand if he gets to free agency.
Defensive tackle Ricky Walker: Five sacks and 37 tackles on the inside, his solid work comes in the shadow of Jefferson and Jeffcoat.
Safety Brandon Alexander: West Division All-Star whose experience is critical on the field and in the room.
Cornerback Demerio Houston: CFL All-Star who led the league in interceptions, he won't turn 28 until next September.
Halfback Deatrick Nichols: Forget his absence from the CFL All-Star team – he's dominant at his position. Period.
Cornerback Winston Rose: Turns 30 next week and still has something to give but was also replaced by Jamal Parker in the playoffs.
Kicker Sergio Castillo: Set a club record for field goal percentage in a season at 90.2. In a league where the margins of victory are so thin, that can't be overlooked.
Returner Janarion Grant: The franchise all-time leader in kick return touchdowns, he's as dangerous as any in the league. Did miss 10 games in '23.

Other pending free agents:
Canadians
Receiver Brendan O'Leary-Orange: The size and skill is there. He'll get interest if he gets to the market.
Running back Johnny Augustine: Morphed into a steady special teams player and is a valuable back-up if the team continues to go homegrown at the RB spot.
Fullback Mike Miller: The Goat special teams player did not play a single down in 2023 due to injury leading to questions about his future. Turns 35 next spring.
Defensive tackle Cam Lawson: The heir apparent to Thomas quietly had a solid year with five sacks. A still-emerging talent.
Linebacker Shayne Gauthier: So valuable for so long as a special teamer, his defensive snaps went up, too. He'll be 32 in February.
Linebacker Jesse Briggs: Another fixture on specials, he's been here for seven years and will be 34 next spring.
Linebacker Tanner Cadwallader: A younger version of Gauthier and Briggs at 26; third on the club in special teams tackles.
Safety Nick Hallett: Has proven he could be a starter when Alexander was down and when the head coach referred to him as 'grimy' there can be no higher compliment.
Defensive back Kerfalla Exume: Former draft pick scooped up by the Blue Bombers after his release by Montreal. A solid special-teams contributor.

Americans
Quarterback Dru Brown: His phone should be buzzing all winter with calls from around the league. Deserves a chance to start. Critical for him will be choosing his best spot.
Quarterback Dakota Prukop: A master at short yardage, which has become a massive gig in the Blue Bombers offence and across the league.
Running back/receiver Greg McCrae: Smaller CFL rosters means every team needs a versatile player like 'Nighthawk', who can step in at so many positions.
Linebacker Brian Cole: Superb speed for his position and has shown enough in his spot snaps on defence to earn more.
Linebacker Malik Clements: Made seven starts this year and, like Cole, could be in the position to command more.
Dime Alden Darby, Jr.: His best attribute is his experience, but has been passed by others on the depth chart.

Global
Defensive end Thiadric Hansen: A testament to his work ethic that he returned to the field after suffering an Achilles injury in 2022.
https://www.bluebombers.com/2023/11/24/free-agent-round-up-2/

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers' pending 2024 free agent list
By John Hodge -November 22, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers capped another promising season with a disappointing Grey Cup loss, this time falling to the Montreal Alouettes by a score of 28-24 on the CFL's biggest stage. The club has now lost back-to-back championship games in heartbreaking fashion by a combined total of four points.

There are a number of all-star talents under contract for 2024, including Zach Collaros, Kenny Lawler, Nic Demski, Adam Bighill, Kyrie Wilson, and Evan Holm, though the club's free agent list remains lengthy. The biggest name is Brady Oliveira, the CFL's reigning Most Outstanding Canadian, followed by defensive ends Willie Jefferson and Jackson Jeffcoat.

This is the eighth installment in a series of articles from 3DownNation outlining the pending free agents from each CFL team. We have already covered the Edmonton Elks, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Ottawa Redblacks, Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, B.C. Lions, and Toronto Argonauts.

Please note that "N" denotes nationals (ie. Canadians), "A" denotes Americans, and "G" denotes Globals.

Quarterback

Dru Brown (A) traded to Ottawa Jan 18 2024
Dakota Prukop (A)

Running back

Johnny Augustine (N) extended Jan 26 - 1 year
Brady Oliveira (N) extended Feb 6 - 2 years

Fullback

Mike Miller (N) retired Jan 8 2024

Receivers


Rasheed Bailey (A)
Janarion Grant (A)
Greg McCrae (A)
Brendan O'Leary-Orange (N)
Dalton Schoen (A)  extended Feb 6 - 1 year
Drew Wolitarsky (N) extended Jan 20 - 2 years

Offensive linemen


Stanley Bryant (A) extended Jan 16 - 1 year
Geoff Gray (N)
Jermarcus Hardrick (A)
Chris Kolankowski (N) extended Jan 20 - 2 years
Patrick Neufeld (N) extended Dec 18 - 1 year

Defensive linemen

Thiadric Hansen (G)
Jackson Jeffcoat (A)
Willie Jefferson (A)  extended Dec 4 - 1 year
Cameron Lawson (N) extended Dec 22 - 2 years
Jake Thomas  (N)  extended Feb 2 - 1 year
Ricky Walker (A)

Linebackers


Jesse Briggs
(N)  retired Feb 12 2024
Tanner Cadwallader (N) extended Dec 20 - 2 years
Malik Clements (A)
Brian Cole (A) extended Jan 1 - 1 year
Shayne Gauthier (N)  extended Feb 12 - 1 year

Defensive backs

Brandon Alexander  (A)  extended Feb 7 - 1 year
Alden Darby Jr. (A)
Kerfalla Exumé (N)
Nick Hallett  (N) extended Feb 1 - 2 years
Demerio Houston [/b](A)
Redha Kramdi (N) extended Dec 19 - 2 years
Deatrick Nichols (A) extended Dec 21 - 2 years
Winston Rose (A)

Specialists

Sergio Castillo (A)

American receivers Markeith Ambles and Ronnie Blackmon, Global offensive lineman Tomoya Machino, Global linebacker Les Maruo, Canadian defensive back Noah Hallett, and American defensive back Desmond Lawrence all finished the season on the practice roster. As such, they are all currently free agents.

https://3downnation.com/2023/11/22/the-winnipeg-blue-bombers-pending-2024-free-agent-list/

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OFFICIAL 2024 FREE AGENT TRACKER

PLAYER    A/N/G    POS    COLLEGE    STATUS
ALEXANDER Brandon    A    DB    Central Florida      Extended 02/07/24 
AUGUSTINE Johnny    N    RB    Guelph    Extended 01/26/24  
BAILEY Rasheed    A    WR    Delaware Valley   
BRIGGS Jesse    N    LB    McGill        Retired 02/13/24   
BROWN Dru    A    QB    Oklahoma State    Traded to OTT 01/18/24
BRYANT Stanley    A    OL    East Carolina    Extended 01/16/24
CASTILLO Sergio    A    K    West Texas A&M   
CLEMENTS Malik    A    LB    Cincinnati   
COLE Brian    A    LB    Mississippi State    Extended 01/01/24
DARBY JR Alden    A    DB    Arizona State   
EXUME Kerfalla    N    DB    Montreal         Signed by TOR 02/13/24  
CADWALLADER Tanner    N    LB    Wilfrid Laurier    Extended 12/20/23
GAUTHIER Shayne    N    LB    Laval        Extended 02/12/24 
GRANT Janarion    A    WR    Rutgers   
GRAY Geoff    N    OL    Manitoba   
HALLETT Nick    N    DB    Toronto    Extended 02/01/24   
HANSEN Thiadric    G    DL    Potsdam          Signed by TOR 02/13/24 
HARDRICK Jermarcus    A    OL    Nebraska         Signed by SSK 02/13/24  
HOUSTON Demerio    A    DB    Southern        Signed by CGY 02/13/24    
JEFFCOAT Jackson    A    DL    Texas   
JEFFERSON Willie    A    DL    Stephen F. Austin State    Extended 12/04/23
KOLANKOWSKI Chris    N    OL    York    Extended 01/29/24
KRAMDI Redha    N    LB    Montreal    Extended 12/19/23
LAWSON Cameron    N    DL    Queen's    Extended 12/22/23
MCCRAE Greg    A    RB    Central Florida   
MILLER Mike    N    RB    Acadia   
NEUFELD Patrick    N    OL    Saskatchewan    Extended 12/18/23
NICHOLS Deatrick    A    DB    South Florida    Extended 12/21/23
O'LEARY-ORANGE Brendan    N    WR    Nevada   
OLIVEIRA Brady    N    RB    North Dakota      Extended 02/06/24
PRUKOP Dakota    A    QB    Oregon          Signed by BC 02/13/24 
ROSE Winston    A    DB    New Mexico State   
SCHOEN Dalton    A    WR    Kansas      Extended 02/06/24 
THOMAS Jake    N    DL    Acadia    Extended 02/02/24 
WALKER Ricky    A    DL    Virginia Tech   
WOLITARSKY Drew    N    WR    Minnesota    Extended 01/20/24   

https://www.cfl.ca/fa24/#BOMBERS

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign nine, including QB Terry Wilson Jr.
By 3Down Staff -November 28, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed nine players, including American quarterback Terry Wilson Jr.

The six-foot-three, 207-pound passer originally committed to the University of Oregon, though he transferred to Garden City Community College following his redshirt freshman season. He played one season with the Broncbusters before moving on to the University of Kentucky and the University of New Mexico.

The native of Oklahoma City, Okla. started 31 games with the Wildcats and Lobos, completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 4,501 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He also carried the ball 307 times for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The 25-year-old attended rookie minicamp with the Dallas Cowboys after going unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft. He spent the 2022 season with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, appearing in six games and making one start.

The Blue Bombers also signed American receivers Bryce Mitchell and Ontaria Wilson as well as American defensive linemen Nate Givhan and Jamal Woods.

Mitchell
made 70 receptions for 1,297 yards and 11 touchdowns over 52 games at the University of Toledo. The six-foot-three, 210-pound target was named second-team All-MAC in 2019 after leading the Rockets in receiving yards.

Wilson made 108 catches for 1,521 yards and 12 touchdowns over 51 games at Florida State University. The native of Ashburn, Ga. also recorded seven carries for 57 yards and one touchdown along the ground.

Givhan spent a portion of the 2023 season on Winnipeg's practice roster, though he didn't dress for any regular season games. The six-foot-two, 239-pound edge rusher made 97 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception over 47 collegiate games at the University of Toledo.

Woods made 78 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three pass knockdowns, and one forced fumble over 49 collegiate games at the University of Illinois. The six-foot-two, 290-pound interior defender went unselected in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Winnipeg has also brought back four Canadian players who were selected in the 2023 CFL Draft, including running back Jonathan Rosery, defensive lineman Collin Kornelson, linebacker Max Charbonneau, and defensive back Bret MacDougall.

Rosery
, who also plays slotback, led the Alberta Golden Bears in receiving yardage this past season, making 32 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns. The five-foot-eight, 199-pound native of Edmonton was taken in the seventh round.

Kornelson made 17 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery playing along the interior of the defensive line for the Manitoba Bisons. The fifth-round pick missed three of the club's games due to injury.

Charbonneau won the President's Award as the outstanding stand-up defensive player in the OUA this past year while playing for the Ottawa Gee-Gees. The eighth-round pick made 62 total tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick.

MacDougall made 30.5 total tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery this past season with the Windsor Lancers. The sixth-round pick helped the club win a home playoff game for the first time since 1975.

https://3downnation.com/2023/11/28/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-nine-including-qb-terry-wilson-jr/

Transactions:

ROSTER                                    27-Nov-23
WPG ADD  NAT Max CHARBONNEAU (LB)    Ottawa
WPG ADD  NAT Collin KORNELSON (DL)    Manitoba
WPG ADD  NAT Breton MACDOUGALL (DB)    Windsor
WPG ADD  NAT Jonathan ROSERY (RB)    Alberta

Blue Bombers add to roster - November 28, 2023

WINNIPEG, MB., November 28, 2023 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the signings of American quarterback Terry Wilson Jr., American receivers Bryce Mitchell and Ontaria Wilson, American defensive end Nate Givhan, and American defensive tackle Jamal Woods.

Wilson
(6-3, 207; New Mexico; born: January 14, 1998 in Oklahoma City, OK.) comes to the Blue Bombers after a brief stint in the USFL and a six-year collegiate career with Oregon (2016), Garden City CC (Junior College, 2017), Kentucky (2018-2020), and New Mexico (2021). In 31 FBS starts, Wilson recorded 439 completions for 4,494 yards with a 63.3 completion percentage and 27 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,047 yards and 11 touchdowns on 308 attempts. Wilson attended the Dallas Cowboys rookie minicamp after going undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, and was later signed in May 2022 by the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League (USFL). In 6 games and one start, Wilson passed for 138 yards and one touchdown, while maintaining a 64.7 completion percentage.

Mitchell
(6-3, 210; Toledo; born: November 8, 1998, in Toledo, OH.) joins the Blue Bombers following a five-year collegiate career with the Toledo Rockets (2017-2021), posting 70 receptions for 1297 yards and 11 touchdowns over 52 games. In his 2019 and 2020 seasons, Mitchell finished second in MAC in yards-per-catch with 19.4 and 23.5, respectively. The Toledo native was a Second-Team All-MAC selection in 2019, leading the team in receiving yards (679).

Wilson (6-0, 175; Florida State; born: August 12, 1999, in Ashburn, GA.) signs with the Bombers after five seasons with the Florida State Seminoles (2018-2022). Wilson appeared in 51 games, 36 of them starts. Wilson finished his collegiate career with 1,521 yards on 108 receptions and 12 touchdowns, and rushed for 57 yards and one touchdown on seven attempts.

Givhan (6-2, 239, Toledo, September 20, 1998, in Montgomery, AL.) played outside linebacker at Toledo for five seasons (2018-2022), recording 97 total tackles, 16.5 tackle-for-losses, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception over 47 career games. Givhan went unselected in the 2023 NFL Draft and now re-joins the Bombers after previously spending time on the club?s practice roster earlier in the 2023 season.

Woods
(6-2, 290; Illinois; born: June 14, 1999, in Hueytown, AL.) joins the Blue Bombers after a six-year collegiate career with Illinois (2017-2022). In 49 career games, 18 being starts, Woods achieved 47 solo tackles, 31 assists, 17 tackle-for-losses, 1.5 sacks, three pass deflections and one forced fumble. The defensive lineman attended the 2023 Illinois Pro Day this past March.

The club also signed the following national players (draft choices) who previously returned to school:

Defensive tackle Collin Kornelson (Manitoba)
Running back Jonathan Rosery (Alberta)
Defensive back Bret MacDougall (Windsor)
Linebacker Max Charbonneau (Ottawa)

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BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR EXTENSION WITH ALL-STAR DEFENSIVE END WILLIE JEFFERSON
DECEMBER 4, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with defensive end Willie Jefferson
on a one-year extension. Jefferson was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Jefferson
(6-7, 242, Stephen F. Austin; born: January 31, 1991, in Beaumont, TX) returns in 2024 for his fifth season with the Blue Bombers and 10th in the Canadian Football League, including his days with Edmonton (2014-15) and Saskatchewan (2016-18).

Named a CFL All-Star for the fifth time in his career in 2023, Jefferson was also selected as the Blue Bombers' Most Outstanding Defensive Player for a third time after posting a team-leading 11 quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles – tied for second in the CFL – and 13 pass knockdowns (most in the league), and 21 defensive tackles.

In 2022, Jefferson became the first player in CFL history to record 50 career sacks and 50 pass knockdowns and his 37 career sacks ties him for ninth on the Blue Bombers all-time list.

Jefferson was also named the 2022 recipient of the Ed Kotowich 'Good Guy Award' which recognizes a Blue Bombers player who has 'excellent football ability, is a leader in the locker room and shows outstanding effort in the community.'
https://www.bluebombers.com/2023/12/04/blue-bombers-agree-to-terms-on-one-year-extension-with-all-star-defensive-end-willie-jefferson/

Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign wide receiver Ronnie Blackmon

December 7, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed wide receiver Ronnie Blackmon on Thursday.

Ronnie Blackmon
is five foot nine and weighs 186 pounds. The 26-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, was on the practice squads for the Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2023.

Collegiately, Blackmon began at Colorado (2017-18) on special teams with 23 kick returns for 486 yards, 34 punt returns for 329 yards, and seven tackles in 19 games for the Buffaloes.

Next, Blackmon transferred to Toledo (2019-20). He sat out in 2019 due to transferring from Colorado. In 2020, he caught 12 passes for 149 yards, two touchdowns, two kick returns for 27 yards, and 13 punt returns for 59 yards in six games for the Rockets.

Then, he transferred to West Georgia in 2022 with 30 catches for 451 yards, five touchdowns, seven kick returns for 150 yards, and 17 punt returns for 160 yards in ten games for the Wolves. He was named Second Team All-Gulf South Conference in 2022.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2023/12/07/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-wide-receiver-ronnie-blackmon/


Transactions:
ROSTER                                    07-Dec-23
WPG ADD  AMER Ronnie BLACKMON (WR)    West Georgia

ROSTER                                    11-Dec-23
WPG ADD  AMER Willie JEFFERSON (DL)    Stephen F. Austin State

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NEG LIST PLAYERS REVEALED
DECEMBER 12, 2023 Ed Tait

It is part prospect list, part wish list, and it can be a vital lifeline for talent for Canadian Football League teams.

The CFL unveiled its second batch of names from each club's negotiation list on Tuesday, providing a sneak peek at some of the players who may soon be appearing on training camp rosters – and perhaps game-day lineups thereafter – across the league map.

Each team can claim the exclusive rights for up to 45 players by placing them on their negotiation lists, with the ability to add, remove or trade prospects at any time. Teams now reveal 10 names from their negotiation lists twice a year, in September and December, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers group is an intriguing collection that could one day be the next Deatrick Nichols, Brandon Alexander or Dalton Schoen.

A look at the names on the Blue Bombers most recent neg list reveal:

-QB Mark Gronowski
, South Dakota State

FYI: Was named an Associated Press FCS All-American Team on Tuesday and is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the most outstanding Player in the Championship Subdivision... Led the nation in passing efficiency rating (178.06) and with 25 TD passes... The Jackrabbits host Albany on Friday in the FCS semifinals and Gronowski is hoping to lead the school to its second straight national title.

-QB Darren Grainger, Georgia State

FYI: Began his collegiate career at Furman, where he was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team as the school's starter in 2019... Transferred to Georgia State and was the MVP of the TaxAct Camellia Bowl in 2021... Earned Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference recognition in 2021 after passing for 18 touchdowns and leading the school in rushing... Completed 67 per cent of his passes for 17 TDs and rushed for 788 yards and eight more scores in 2023.

-QB Carter Bradley, South Alabama

FYI: A transfer from Toledo, Bradley set school records for South Alabama in 2022 by passing for 3,343 yards and 28 TDs... Threw for 2.660 yards and 19 TDs this year in 11 games... He is the son of Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

-DE Praise Amaewhule, Texas El Paso

FYI: Named this week as an All-Conference USA Second-Team All-Star and finishes his college career as UTEP's all-time quarterback sack leader with 22.5... Had five sacks, 33 tackles, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, on interception, 11 hurries, two breakups and two blocked kicks in 2023... Measures in at 6-3, 250 pounds with an 82-inch wingspan.

-LB Michael Ayers
, Ashland

FYI: Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks but was released in the spring... Played in 43 games over four years at Ashland and was the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Great Midwest in 2021.

-WR Kody Case
, Illinois

FYI: Was one of the final cuts of the Indianapolis Colts in late August after joining the team as an undrafted free agent... Transferred from South Dakota to Illinois in 2022... Played in four games with Illinois in 2023 and was a solid receiver and kick returner during his days with the Coyotes.

-WR Penny Hart
, Georgia State

FYI: Now 27, Hart has had NFL looks from the Colts, Seahawks and most recently with the Atlanta Falcons before his release in October... Spent four years at Georgia State and was the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Sun Belt that year. Was first team again as a sophomore... Attended the 2019 Senior Bowl... Also has kick return skills.

-WR Gavin Holmes, Baylor

FYI: Attended minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles this year before being released... A third-team All-Big 12 all-star as a punt returner in 2022 and ranked second on the school for receiving yards that season.

-DE Jalen Redmond, Oklahoma

FYI: Tested very well at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, with the second-best 40 time among his position group as well as the best broad jump and vertical jump... Signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent and was released in August... Played basketball in high school and didn't turn to football until he was a junior... Made seven starts for the Sooners in 2021 and appeared in 12 games as a senior in 2022 with four sacks and 10 tackles for a loss.

-DB Anthony Witherstone, Merrimack

FYI: Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2023, but was released during the summer... Had two interceptions – both Pick-6s – for Merrimack in 2021 and played in all 11 games.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2023/12/12/neg-list-players-revealed/

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BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN ALL-STAR GUARD PAT NEUFELD
DECEMBER 18, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year extension with Canadian Football League All-Star guard Pat Neufeld.

Neufeld was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Neufeld (6-6, 311, University of Saskatchewan; born: December 26, 1988, in Regina, Sask.) returns in 2024 for his 11th season with the Blue Bombers and 13th in the Canadian Football League, including his days with Saskatchewan (2011-13).

Named a CFL All-Star for the third time in his career in 2023, Neufeld started 17 regular-season games this past season along with the West Final and 110th Grey Cup. The Blue Bombers finished first in scoring in 2023 and Neufeld was part of an offensive line that helped Brady Oliveira rush for a league-best 1,534 yards in earning his first rushing title.

Originally drafted by the Roughriders in 2010, Neufeld was acquired by Winnipeg in a trade in 2013 and has become a fixture at the right guard spot. He has now played in 153 CFL games, including 116 with the Blue Bombers, and now makes Winnipeg home.

Neufeld was also honoured as the 2021 recipient of the club's Cal Murphy 'Heart of a Legend Award' presented annually to the player who has shown 'outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the Canadian Football League and the community.'

https://www.bluebombers.com/2023/12/18/blue-bombers-re-sign-all-star-guard-pat-neufeld/

BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN DEFENSIVE BACK REDHA KRAMDI
DECEMBER 19, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a two-year extension with defensive back Redha Kramdi. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Kramdi (5-10, 194, Université de Montreal; born: December 22, 1996, in Montreal, Que.) returns in 2024 for his 4th Canadian Football League season – all with the Blue Bombers.

Selected in the second round, 16th overall, of the 2021 CFL Draft, Kramdi has grown from a special-teams contributor in his rookie season into the club's starting 'dime' back. He appeared in 14 regular-season games in 2023, including 11 starts, and started in both the West Final and 110th Grey Cup. He finished the year with 22 defensive tackles, six more on special teams, while adding two quarterback sacks.

Kramdi has now dressed for 38 games with the Blue Bombers, including 12 starts.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2023/12/19/blue-bombers-re-sign-defensive-back-redha-kramdi/

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BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN CANADIAN LINEBACKER TANNER CADWALLADER
DECEMBER 20, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a two-year extension with Canadian linebacker Tanner Cadwallader. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Cadwallader
(5-11, 214, Wilfrid Laurier; born: June 24, 1997, in Georgetown, ON) returns in 2024 for his 4th Canadian Football League season – all with the Blue Bombers.

Selected in the seventh round, 64th overall, in the 2020 CFL Draft, Cadwallader has grown into one of the club's top special teams players. Since being selected, Cadwallader has played in every game over his three seasons, recording 38 special teams tackles (including 16 in 2023), four defensive tackles and one forced fumble.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2023/12/20/blue-bombers-re-sign-canadian-linebacker-tanner-cadwallader/

BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN DEFENSIVE BACK DEATRICK NICHOLS
DECEMBER 21, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a two-year extension with American defensive back Deatrick Nichols. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Nichols
(5-9, 180, USF; born: June 8, 1994, in Miami, FL) returns in 2024 for his 4th Canadian Football League season – all with the Blue Bombers.

A two-time CFL all-star, Nichols originally signed as a free agent in February of 2021, Nichols has played in 47 career regular season games for Winnipeg, recording 126 defensive tackles, one sack, four interceptions and one forced fumble, and has been a mainstay in the club's defensive backfield since 2021.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2023/12/21/blue-bombers-re-sign-defensive-back-deatrick-nichols/

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BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN NATIONAL DEFENSIVE TACKLE CAM LAWSON
DECEMBER 22, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a two-year extension with Canadian defensive tackle Cam Lawson. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Lawson (6-3, 281, Queen's; born: October 7, 1998, in Caledon, ON) returns to Winnipeg for his third season in Blue and Gold, after originally being acquired in a trade in May of 2022.

Lawson has appeared in 33 games over those two seasons, and in 2023 he recorded five sacks, eight defensive tackles and an interception in 18 games, playing mainly in a rotational role.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2023/12/22/blue-bombers-re-sign-national-defensive-tackle-cam-lawson/

BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN AMERICAN LINEBACKER BRIAN COLE
JANUARY 1, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year extension with American linebacker Brian Cole. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Cole (6-2, 210, Mississippi State, born: April 3, 1997 in Saginaw, MI) returns to Winnipeg in 2024 for his third season. Over 26 regular season games, Cole has recorded 20 special teams tackles, three defensive tackles, and three forced fumbles.

Cole originally joined the organization when he was added to the practice roster in July of 2022.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/01/blue-bombers-re-sign-american-linebacker-brian-cole/

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BLUE BOMBERS ANNOUNCE COACHING STAFF CHANGES
JANUARY 8, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has named Jordan Younger as Defensive Coordinator and Mike Miller as Special Teams Coordinator, the latter replacing Paul Boudreau whose contract was not renewed by the club. Richie Hall remains on the defensive coaching staff.

Younger
returns to the Blue Bombers for a sixth season in 2024 and his first as the Defensive Coordinator after previously serving as the Defensive Backs Coach. Winnipeg's secondary has been a force under Younger's watch, ranking first in passing yardage allowed per game (229.4 yards) and opponent completion percentage against (59.7) in 2023.

Over the last three seasons, the Blue Bombers have finished first or tied for first in passing yards allowed per game, allowing just 216.4 in 2021, tying with the B.C. Lions at 253 in 2022 and then dropping that number to last season's 229.4. During Younger's tenure, the Blue Bombers have had two players lead the league in interceptions in Houston (2023) and Winston Rose (2019) while the club has developed Deatrick Nichols, Evan Holm, Houston, Rose, Brandon Alexander, Dee Alford, Taylor Loffler and Marcus Sayles into all-stars.

Younger came to the Blue Bombers in 2018 after working as the defensive backs coach with the Toronto Argonauts (2015-16) and previously with the Ontario Football Conference's Oakville Titans and the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

Hall will remain in the organization, working with the defensive staff, and 2024 will mark his ninth season as a member of the Blue Bombers coaching staff.

Hall's association with the league dates back to the beginnings of his playing career with the Calgary Stampeders in 1983 and then with the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1988-91. His first coaching job in the CFL was with Saskatchewan in 1994 and he remained on staff there as defensive backs coach (1994-2000) before serving as the defensive coordinator from 2001-08.

He was the head coach in Edmonton from 2009-10 before returning to Saskatchewan as the defensive coordinator from 2011-14. Hall is a five-time Grey Cup champion, winning as a player with Saskatchewan in 1989, as a Riders assistant in 2007 and 2013 and with the Blue Bombers in 2019 and 2021.

"JY (Younger) has been an intelligent, creative and passionate leader for many years, and this transition is something that we had discussed a couple of years back," said Head Coach Mike O'Shea. "Having Richie remain with the organization and provide his decades of experience is something we are all very grateful for."

Miller moves directly from the playing ranks to coaching after spending the 2023 season working with the specialists in a non-playing role. The CFL's all-time leader in special teams tackles with 226, Miller missed the entire 2023 season after suffering an injury in training camp. An undrafted prospect out of Acadia University, Miller began his playing career in Edmonton in 2011. In his more than six seasons in Alberta, he established himself as a superb contributor on special teams, further building on that reputation after joining the Blue Bombers in 2017. Blue Bombers President and CEO Wade Miller held the record for most special teams tackles with 184 when he retired in 2005, he was first passed by Jason Arakgi (190) in 2016, before Mike Miller became the all-time leader in 2021.

"Making any staff changes is never an easy decision, and we are very appreciative of the years Bou (Boudreau) spent with us," O'Shea said. "Mike Miller is a guy who is very well respected across our league, and I think will make a great coach. He is one of, if not the best, special teams player of all-time, and I'm looking forward to seeing him transition into this new role."

Miller was twice named the Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Special Teams Player (2019, 2021), was the team's Most Outstanding Canadian in 2019 and was selected as the West Division's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2019 and 2021. He is a three-time Grey Cup champion, having won with Edmonton in 2015 and with the Blue Bombers in 2019 and 2021.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/08/blue-bombers-announce-coaching-staff-changes/

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Transactions:

2024-01-12   WPG   CASE, Kody   WR   A   Illinois   ADD   Game Roster
2024-01-11   WPG   Adams, Tyler   WR   A   Butler   ADD   Game Roster
2024-01-05   WPG   Brown, Ronnie   RB   A   Shepherd College   ADD   Game Roster

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BLUE BOMBERS ADD THREE TO ROSTER
JANUARY 12, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed three players - running back Ronnie Brown and defensive back Anthony Blue, both Americans, and Canadian defensive back Nico McCarthy.

Brown (5-11, 187, Shepherd University; born: April 12, 2000, in Baltimore, MD.) signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last May and was among the team's final cuts in late August after a solid training camp and preseason. Brown was a star in his four seasons at Division II Shepherd, helping the Rams reach back-to-back national semifinals in 2021-22 while rushing for 3,041 yards and finishing with 1,158 receiving yards while scoring 41 touchdowns.

Blue (5-11, 175, Newberry College; born: February 6, 1998, in Newton, S.C.) joins the Blue Bombers after appearing in two games with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL while also helping at his alma mater as a defensive back and special teams coach. Blue was an Associated Press All-American, South Atlantic Conference and Division II All-Southeast Region First Team all-star during his days at Newberry, where he finished with 173 tackles, nine interceptions - including six in 2021 - plus 16 pass breakups in four seasons. He also became just the second player in school history to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

McCarthy (6-1, 200, Wilfrid Laurier University; born February 26, 2000 in Scarborough, Ont.) played in 38 games over five seasons with the Golden Hawks, registering 72 tackles, and two interceptions with eight pass break ups and two fumble recoveries. He had 29 tackles and his two picks in 2023, his final year at Laurier and was named an OUA Second Team All-Star at safety in both 2022 and 2023.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/12/blue-bombers-add-three-to-roster-3/

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2024-01-15   WPG   LAWLER, Kenny   WR   A   California   ADD   Game Roster
2024-01-15   WPG   LAWLER, Kenny   WR   A   California   DEL   League Suspension

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Kenny Lawler restructures contract with Winnipeg Blue Bombers
By John Hodge -January 16, 2024

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' receiver Kenny Lawler has restructured his contract for the 2024 season, per league sources.

The six-foot-two, 199-pound target received a $150,000 signing bonus to ink his new deal, which includes $115,000 in base salary, a $13,800 housing bonus, and a $7,200 travel bonus. In total, Lawler will earn $285,000 in hard money this year.

The 29-year-old was originally slated to earn $310,000 in 2024, though he's expected to net more on his new deal as signing bonuses are taxed at a lower rate for American players. He had a $125,000 off-season roster bonus due on Monday, Jan. 15, which led to his deal being renegotiated.

Lawler caught 50 passes for 901 yards and six touchdowns over 12 games this past season. He made six receptions for 83 yards in the West Final against the B.C. Lions and three catches for 77 yards during the Grey Cup against the Montreal Alouettes.

The native of Pomona, Calif. has caught 215 passes for 3,446 yards and 21 touchdowns since 2019. He is a two-time West Division all-star, one-time CFL all-star, and a two-time Grey Cup champion.

https://3downnation.com/2024/01/16/kenny-lawler-restructures-contract-with-winnipeg-blue-bombers/

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#16
Darren Cameron:
#Bombers have agreed to terms on a one-year extension with pending free agent left tackle Stanley Bryant (@MyHumble_Self). The most decorated lineman in league history (four-time winner of the CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award (2017, 2018, 2021, 2022) and a seven-time CFL All-Star) will return in 2024 for his ninth season in Blue and Gold, and 14th season in the CFL. Bryant will hold a media availability via Zoom tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CT.

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FOUR-TIME CFL MOST OUTSTANDING LINEMAN STANLEY BRYANT

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year extension with future hall of fame left tackle, Stanley Bryant. Bryant was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Bryant
(6-5, 319, East Carolina University; born: May 7, 1986, in Goldsboro, N.C.) returns in 2024 for his 9th season with the Blue Bombers and 14th in the Canadian Football League, including his days with the Calgary Stampeders (2010-14).

The most-decorated offensive lineman in Canadian Football League history, Bryant is a four-time winner of the CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award (2017, 2018, 2021, 2022) and a seven-time CFL All-Star.

Now 37, Bryant was steady again in 2023 and was named a West Division All-Star in the process - his eighth nomination - and was a key figure in a Blue Bombers offence that finished first in the CFL in scoring while helping Brady Oliveira earn his first rushing title.

Bryant began his CFL career with the Stampeders in 2010 and was twice named that club's top offensive lineman. He signed with the Blue Bombers as a free agent in 2015 and has been honoured as the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman six times (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022).

Over the course of his CFL career, Bryant has suited up for 203 games - including 170 with the Blue Bombers - and has started in all of them.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/16/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-to-terms-with-four-time-cfl-most-outstanding-lineman-stanley-bryant/

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All-time great Stanley Bryant takes slight pay cut to help Bombers sign more players
Ted Wyman

When it came right down to it, there were three things Stanley Bryant wanted.

To keep playing, to return to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and to do his part in allowing the team to fit as many potential free-agent pieces as possible back into its puzzle.

As such, the soon-to-be 38-year-old offensive lineman - one of the all-time great players to wear a Bombers' uniform - took a slight pay cut to return for the 2024 season, which will be his ninth in Winnipeg and 14th in the CFL.

"I know I have to sacrifice things at my end to have the team that we need, to be capable to get to a Grey Cup and win," Bryant said Wednesday from his home in North Carolina.

"I have no issue with that. It comes to that point in your career or anybody's career and you have to adjust to that and that?s fine with me. I want to have the best team we can put out there."

https://winnipegsun.com/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-bluebombers/all-time-great-stanley-bryant-takes-slight-pay-cut-to-help-bombers-sign-more-players

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2024-01-17   WPG   FAYAD, Ali   DL   A   Western Michigan   ADD   Game Roster
2024-01-17   WPG   AFFUL JR., Peter   WR   A   Washburn University   ADD   Game Roster

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign WR Peter Afful Jr. and DL Ali Fayad

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed wide receiver Peter Afful Jr. and defensive lineman Ali Fayad on Wednesday.

Peter Afful Jr. is five foot ten and weighs 190 pounds. The 24-year-old from Lawrence, Kansas, attended a rookie minicamp for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2023.

Collegiately, Afful Jr. played one season at Coffeyville Community College in 2018 with three catches for 41 yards in four games for the Red Ravens. Then, he transferred to Washburn University (2019-22) with 63 catches for 1,220 yards, 16 touchdowns, eight carries for 170 yards, and eight kick returns for 138 yards in 23 games for the Ichabods. He was named Second Team All-MIAA and an All-MIAA Honorable Mention.

Ali Fayad is six foot two and weighs 250 pounds. The 24-year-old from Dearborn, Michigan, made 13 tackles (4 solo, 9 assists), and one sack in six games for the Philadelphia Stars (USFL) in 2023.

Before Philadelphia, Fayad made five tackles and one sack in four games for the Toronto Argonauts in 2022 winning the 109th Grey Cup over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Fayad signed with the Argonauts as a free agent on September 2, 2022. He also signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2022.

Collegiately, Fayad played five seasons at Western Michigan (2017-21) with 164 tackles (98 solo, 66 assists), 56.5 tackles for loss, 33.5 sacks, three pass breakups, 11 forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries in 55 games for the Broncos.

In his final season, Fayad made 40 tackles, 13 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 13 games. He was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-MAC.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/01/17/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-wr-peter-afful-jr-and-dl-ali-fayad/

Jesse

I like the sounds of those two. Especially happy to be adding pieces along the DL.
My wife is amazing!

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BLUE BOMBERS ADD TWO RECEIVERS TO ROSTER
JANUARY 18, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed two American receivers in Kody Case and Tyler Adams.

Case
(5-10, 182; Illinois/South Dakota; born: September 11, 1998, in Lake City, IA) joins the Blue Bombers after most recently attending training camp with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent last summer.

Case spent 2017-21 at South Dakota, pulling in 82 passes for 1,157 yards and nine touchdowns in 32 games over four seasons, setting a school record with five receiving touchdowns in 2017, while also handling some punt and kickoff returns. He was a medical redshirt in 2018 and did not play during the four-game 2020 COVID season. He played in four games at Illinois after transferring, primarily on special teams as a kick returner.

Adams (6-0, 190; Butler/Harvard; born: August 3, 1998, in Louisville, OH) also attended training camp with the Colts last summer as an undrafted free agent before his release. Adams appeared in 11 games in his one season at Butler, finishing with 39 receptions for 689 yards and five touchdowns and was an All-Pioneer Football League Honorable Mention. Adams began his collegiate career at Harvard, where he appeared in 15 games from 2017-21 and totalled 21 receptions for 305 yards and three TDs, adding another along the ground.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/18/blue-bombers-add-two-receivers-to-roster/


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DRU BROWN TRADED TO OTTAWA FOR DRAFT PICK.
ED TAIT

Dru Brown's exit from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had long been expected as soon as the Canadian Football League's free agent market opened in less than a month.

The club expedited the process today, trading Brown to the Ottawa RedBlacks in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2024 CFL Draft.

Brown had moved from the third spot on the Blue Bombers depth chart in 2021 to No. 2 behind Zach Collaros in 2022, but with the veteran pivot signed through 2025 and still dominant – he led the CFL in touchdown passes last season – the route to regular starting work here in Winnipeg was essentially blocked.

That, and the restrictions of the salary cap, had the club's management expecting Brown's departure since the end of the 2023 season. Here's GM Kyle Walters from last week during the CFL's winter meetings in Nashville on the subject:

"I believe Dru and his agent want to go to an organization where it's less about who's going to pay him the most money. I think it's more about where he can go and have the best opportunity to compete with the incumbent quarterback or the other guys under contract to play.

"My gut tells me even if the Winnipeg Football Club could afford to match a contract they would think long and hard about the opportunity of where to go."

The deal allows Ottawa to begin contract negotiations with Brown immediately and in advance of free agency, which opens on February 13th, and his addition could potentially attract other pending free agents to the nation's capital, with Dalton Schoen's name often linked to his former Blue Bombers teammate.

Ottawa recently restructured the contract of veteran QB Jeremiah Masoli, who has appeared in just five games over the last two years with the RedBlacks and also has Dustin Crum, Tyrie Adams, Nick Arbuckle, Tyrrell Pigrome and Jake Dunniway currently listed among its stable of pivots. That said, Brown's best chance to start now in the CFL is in Ottawa where the 26-year-old former Oklahoma State/Hawaii starter will step out from under the shadow of Collaros and have a true shot at the No. 1 gig.

Brown posted sensational numbers for the Blue Bombers in 2023, completing 69.7 percent of his passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns against zero interceptions and, in the process, set a CFL record for the most TD passes without a pick.

He led the Blue Bombers to a 2-0 record in his starts in 2023 – both wins over the Calgary Stampeders — and was 2-1 in career starts for Winnipeg, including his first start against the B.C. Lions in October of 2022. Brown also came off the bench in a win over the Edmonton Elks in August, rallying the club from a 22-0 hole by throwing for 307 yards and four touchdowns.

The Blue Bombers No. 3 pivot and short-yardage specialist from the last two years, Dakota Prukop, is also a pending free agent, leaving Collaros and rookies Terry Wilson and Eric Barriere as the QBs on the roster. Barriere's addition was announced after the Brown trade and he's an intriguing prospect who has had stints in the USFL with the Michigan Panthers and New Jersey Generals and participated in a mini-camp with the Denver Broncos in 2022. Barriere appeared in 51 games at Eastern Washington, throwing for 13,809 yards, 121 touchdowns against 29 interceptions while adding 22 rushing TDs and 1,585 yards along the ground. He won the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision in 2021 and was the runner-up to the same award in 2020.

Winnipeg now has 10 selections in the 2024 CFL Draft — each of its picks in every round, a bonus in the second round, 20th overall, as a reward for snaps by Canadian players in 2023 and now Ottawa's fifth-round choice, 40th overall, secured from the Brown trade. The Blue Bombers will pick 8th, 17th, 20th, 28th, 37th, 40th, 46th, 55th, 64th and 73rd overall.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/18/dru-brown-traded-to-ottawa-for-draft-pick/

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BLUE BOMBERS ADD QUARTERBACK TO ROSTER

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed American quarterback Eric Barriere.

Barriere
(6-1, 210; Eastern Washington; born: December 27, 1997, in Inglewood, CA) joins the Blue Bombers after an outstanding collegiate career at Eastern Washington and following stints in the USFL with the Michigan Panthers (2022) and in the New Jersey Generals (2023) and after attending mini-camp with the Denver Broncos in 2022.

A dual threat QB, Barriere appeared in 51 games at Eastern Washington, completing 62 percent of his passes for 13,809 yards, 121 touchdowns against 29 interceptions while adding 22 rushing TDs and 1,585 yards along the ground. In 2021 he was the recipient of the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision. He was the runner-up to the same award in 2020.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/18/blue-bombers-add-quarterback-to-roster/

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2024-01-18    WPG    MARTIN, Oliver    WR    A    Nebraska    ADD    Game Roster
2024-01-18    WPG    BROWN, Dru    QB    A    Oklahoma State    TRF TO OTT    Game Roster
2024-01-18    WPG    BARRIERE, Eric    QB    A    Eastern Washington    ADD    Game Roster

The Bombers haven't announced Martin's signing yet.  He was on the team's practice roster from Sept 12-Oct 05.

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WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN RECEIVER DREW WOLITARSKY TO TWO-YEAR DEAL
JANUARY 20, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a two-year extension with National receiver Drew Wolitarsky. He was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

Wolitarsky (6-2, 224, Minnesota; born: March 22, 1995, in Santa Clarita, CA) returns in 2024 for his seventh season with the Blue Bombers after originally being selected by the club as a supplemental pick in the 2017 CFL Draft.

The 2023 season was Wolitarsky's best of his six years with the Blue Bombers as he set career highs in receptions (47), receiving yards (668) and touchdowns (six) while suiting up for all 18 regular season games as well as the Western Final and Grey Cup. In his more than 86 CFL games, he has 194 receptions for 2,551 yards and 17 career touchdowns.

Wolitarsky was born in California, but is listed as a Canadian under the CFL's rules as his mother hails from Montreal. Prior to the 2017 Supplemental Draft, he provided proof of Canadian citizenship to qualify as a national player.

Wolitarsky finished his college career at Minnesota with 130 catches – then tied for eighth all-time in Gophers history – while his 1,749 receiving yards ranked ninth.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/20/winnipeg-blue-bombers-re-sign-receiver-drew-wolitarsky-to-two-year-deal/

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Oliver Martin looked very good when he was here in September. Looks a lot like DS83.
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2024-01-22    WPG    WHEATFALL, Keric    WR    A    Fresno State    ADD    Game Roster
2024-01-22    WPG    WOLITARSKY, Drew    WR    N    Minnesota    ADD    Game Roster
2024-01-22    WPG    Borregales, Jose    K    A    Miami    ADD    Game Roster
2024-01-22    WPG    BURMEISTER, Braxton    WR    A    San Diego State    ADD    Game Roster

Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed three players including WR Keric Wheatfall

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed wide receivers Keric Wheatfall and Braxton Burmeister, and kicker Jose Borregales on Monday.

Keric Wheatfall is six foot two and weighs 194 pounds. The 24-year-old from Cypress, Texas, signed with the Philadelphia Stars (USFL) in 2023 but spent the season on injured reserve. Before Philadelphia, Wheatfall attended the Philadelphia Eagles training camp in 2022.

Collegiately, Wheatfall played two seasons at Blinn College (2017-18) with 72 catches for 1,173 yards, seven touchdowns, and seven kick returns for 112 yards in 20 games for the Buccaneers. Then, Wheatfall transferred to Fresno State (2019, 2021) with 55 catches for 923 yards, five touchdowns, two carries for two yards, and one kick return for 35 yards in 23 games for the Bulldogs.

Braxton Burmeister is six foot one and weighs 205 pounds. The 25-year-old from La Jolla, California, made two catches for 15 yards in three preseason games for the Los Angeles Rams in 2023. The Rams signed Burmeister as an undrafted free agent in 2023.

Collegiately, Burmeister was a quarterback in college. He played two seasons at Oregon (2017-18) completing 49 of 87 passes (56%) for 373 yards, two touchdowns, six interceptions, 71 carries for 131 yards, and three touchdowns in 11 games for the Ducks.

Next, Burmeister transferred to Virginia Tech (2020-21) completing 190 of 339 passes (56%) for 2,647 yards, 16 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 163 carries for 703 yards, four touchdowns, one catch for three yards, and one touchdown in 18 games for the Hokies.

Then, Burmeister transferred to San Diego State in 2022 completing 34 of 64 passes (53%) for 230 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, 29 carries for 144 yards, one touchdown, and one catch for 19 yards in eight games for the Aztecs.

Jose Borregales is five foot ten and weighs 206 pounds. The 26-year-old from Caracas, Venezuela, converted six of nine field goals (67%) with a long of 52 yards in ten games for the Orlando Guardians (XFL) in 2023.

The Guardians drafted Borregales in the first round (5th pick) of Phase 5 of the 2023 XFL Draft. Before Orlando, Borregales signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2021.

Collegiately, Borregales played four seasons at Florida International University (2016-19) making 50 of 66 field goals (75.8%) with a long of 53 yards, making 131 of 134 extra points, 78 kickoffs for 4,695 yards (60.2 AVG), and 40 touchbacks in 39 games for the Panthers. He was a two-time All-Conference USA Honorable Mention.

Then, he transferred to Miami in 2020 made 20 of 22 field goals (91%) with a long of 57 yards, and made 37 of 37 extra points (100%) in 11 games for the Hurricanes. He was named First Team All-ACC in 2020.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/01/22/winnipeg-blue-bombers-signed-three-players-including-wr-keric-wheatfall/


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BLUE BOMBERS ADD TO ROSTER
JANUARY 23, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed seven American players – receivers Keric Wheatfall, Braxton Burmeister, Peter Afful and Oliver Martin,  kicker Jose Borregales and linebacker/defensive back Marcus Hillman. defensive end Ali Fayad.

Wheatfall (6-2, 194; Fresno State; born:  in Brenham, TX) has signed with the Blue Bombers after dressing for three games with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL in 2023 and following a stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in their 2022 training camp as an undrafted free agent. He began his college career at Blinn College before transferring to Fresno State. Over three seasons with the Bulldogs Wheatfall had 78 receptions for 1,286 yards and six touchdowns, posting 38 catches for 616 yards and four TDs in his senior season.

Burmeister (6-1, 205; San Diego State; born: in La Jolla, CA) joins the club after attending Los Angeles Rams training camp last summer. A converted quarterback, Burmeister began his collegiate career at Oregon, before transferring to Virginia Tech and then to San Diego State. Over that span he combined to throw for 3,020 yards with 19 touchdowns against 11 interceptions while rushing for 834 yards and seven scores. At San Diego he passed for two touchdowns and three touchdowns, rushing for 224 yards and one more TD while beginning the conversion to receiver and catching one pass for 19 yards.

Borregales (5-10, 185; University of Miami; born: December 15, 1997, in Caracas, Venezuela) comes to the Blue Bombers after signing with the Orlando Guardians of the XFL in November of 2022, but then seeing that team fold when the XFL merged with the USFL to form the United Football League. He first signed professionally as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in May of 2021 and spent that year on the practice roster before being let go in August of 2022.

Borregales began his collegiate career at Florida International University in 2016 and became the school's starting kicker after a redshirt season. He connected on 76.9 percent of his field goal attempts at FIU and was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best kicker in 2018. He transferred to Miami in 2020 and playing as a graduate student and was a unanimous All-American and captured the Groza Award after hitting on 20 of 22 field goal attempts.

Hillman (6-0, 200; Elon University; born: in Camden, NJ) joins the Blue Bombers after starring with the Elon Phoenix. He played in 47 games over five seasons at the school (2018-22), registering 101 tackles, 13 sacks, one interception, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and five pass knockdowns. As a senior he was a First Team All-CAA (Coastal Athletic Association) after leading the team with 83 combined tackles.

Fayad (6-2, 250; Western Michigan; born: May 12, 1999, in Dearborn, Michigan) signs with the Blue Bombers after appearing in four games with the Toronto Argonauts in 2022 and then signing with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL last spring before the league folded to merge with the XFL.

Fayad starred at Western Michigan and in 2021, his final season, was named the MAC (Mid-America Conference) Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Mac after finishing with a team high 13 sacks, 40 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and two pass breakups. Fayad played in 55 games over five years at Western Michigan, registering 98 solo tackles, 33.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

He first turned pro as an undrafted free agent signing by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022 and then signed with Toronto in September of that year, dressing for the four games, and finishing with four tackles, one special teams tackle and a sack.

Afful (5-10, 190; Washburn University; born: November 5, 1997, in Lawrence, KS) attended mini-camp with the Kansas City Chiefs last spring and attended the UFL Showcase in St. Louis last summer. He played one season at Coffeyville Community College before joining Washburn where he had 63 catches for 1,220 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding 170 yards on eight carries and 138 yards in 23 games with the Ichabods. He was a two-time All-MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) and finished his career ranked third in program history with an average yards per catch of 19.4.

Martin (6-1, 200; University of Nebraska; born:  in Coralville, Iowa) was part of the Blue Bombers practice roster expansion last September and rejoins the club for 2024. He spent preseason last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars after collegiate stops at Michigan, Iowa, and Nebraska. He had 25 catches for 405 yards in three years with the Cornhuskers and got the attention of NFL scouts at Nebraska's Pro Day in 2023 when he posted a 41-inch vertical and 134-inch broad jump in testing.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/23/blue-bombers-add-to-roster/

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2024-01-23   WPG   Hillman, Marcus   DB   A   Elon University   ADD   Game Roster
2024-01-23   WPG   TEXADA, Raleigh   DB   A   Baylor   ADD   Game Roster

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign defensive back Raleigh Texada
January 23, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed defensive back Raleigh Texada on Tuesday.

Raleigh Texada is five foot ten and weighs 191 pounds. The 25-year-old from Frisco, Texas, made 24 tackles (18 solo, 6 assists) in ten games for the Houston Roughnecks (XFL) in 2023. The Roughnecks drafted Texada in the first round (5th pick) of Phase 2 of the 2023 XFL Draft.

Before Houston, Texada signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2022. He would later sign with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was placed on the practice squad.

Collegiately, Texada played five seasons at Baylor (2017-21) with 142 tackles (116 solo, 26 assists), 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, four interceptions for 58 yards, 20 pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 53 games for the Bears.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/01/23/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-defensive-back-raleigh-texada/

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Seems like a guy we've been after for a while.
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2024-01-24   WPG   MILLER, Mike   RB   N   Acadia   TRF TO RETIRED   Retired
2024-01-24   WPG   BRYANT, Stanley   OL   A   East Carolina   ADD   Game Roster
2024-01-24   WPG   AUGUSTINE, Johnny   RB   N   Guelph   ADD   Game Roster
2024-01-24   WPG   DEMSKI, Nic   WR   N   Manitoba   ADD   Game Roster

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2024-01-25   WPG   AYERS, Michael   LB   A   Ashland   ADD   Game Roster
2024-01-25   WPG   Bridges, Marquise   DB   A   North Dakota State   ADD   Game Roster

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign LB Michael Ayers and DB Marquise Bridges
January 25, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed linebacker Michael Ayers and defensive back Marquise Bridges on Thursday.

Michael Ayers is six foot two and weighs 223 pounds. The 25-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, was drafted by the Houston Roughnecks (XFL) of the 2023 XFL Rookie Draft.

Unfortunately, the original Roughnecks were not included in the USFL and XFL merger to create the United Football League (UFL). The Houston Gamblers (USFL) were rebranded as the Roughnecks. Before Houston, Ayers signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2023.

Collegiately, Ayers played five seasons at Ashland University (2018-22) with 231 tackles (126 solo, 105 assists), 28.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, two interceptions for 30 yards, 14 pass breakups, six forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in 43 games for the Eagles.

He was named First Team All-Great Midwest Conference, and Great Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and was nominated for the 2021 Cliff Harris Award, presented to the nation's top small college defensive player.

Marquise Bridges is five foot eleven and weighs 190 pounds. The 26-year-old from Minneapolis, Minnesota, made 78 tackles (38 solo, 40 assists), two tackles for loss, five interceptions for 38 yards, 13 pass breakups, nine catches for 124 yards, and one touchdown in 16 games for the Bay Area Panthers (IFL) in 2023 helping them win the IFL Championship Game over the Sioux Falls Storm 51-41.

Before Bay Area, Bridges worked out for the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers. In 2022, he signed with the Northern Arizona Wranglers (IFL) with 35 tackles (22 solo, 13 assists), half a tackle for loss, three interceptions for 21 yards, ten pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, and one safety in 16 games helping the Wranglers win the 2022 IFL Championship Quad City Steamwheelers 47-45.

Collegiately, Bridges played four seasons at North Dakota State (2016-19) with 87 tackles (58 solo, 29 assists), four tackles for loss, five interceptions for 46 yards, 26 pass breakups, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and three kick returns for 50 yards in 49 games for the Bison. He was named Second Team All-MVFC and helped the Bison win three FCS championships.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/01/25/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-lb-michael-ayers-and-db-marquise-bridges/

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BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN RUNNING BACK JOHNNY AUGUSTINE
JANUARY 26, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Canadian running back Johnny Augustine. He was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

Augustine
(5-9; Guelph; born: July 7, 1993, in Welland, Ont.) returns in 2024 for his sixth season with the Blue Bombers after first signing with the club in May of 2018.

He has dressed for every game over the past three years, including all 18 last season as well as the Western Final and Grey Cup and finished second on the club in rushing with 267 yards on 45 carries, for a 5.9-yards per carry average. A valuable contributor on special teams, he added eight tackles on the kick cover units, which ranked sixth on the team.

Augustine has dressed for 75 regular season games in his CFL, all with the Blue Bombers. He was not selected in the 2017 CFL Draft but had looks from Edmonton and Saskatchewan before landing in Winnipeg.

He played five seasons at the University of Guelph and in his senior year rushed for 690 yards and nine touchdowns on 122 carries for the Gryphons.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/26/blue-bombers-re-sign-running-back-johnny-augustine-2/

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24 Free agents left:

Dakota Prukop (A)
Brady Oliveira (N)
Rasheed Bailey (A)
Janarion Grant (A)
Greg McCrae (A)
Brendan O'Leary-Orange (N)
Dalton Schoen (A)
Geoff Gray (N)
Jermarcus Hardrick (A)
Chris Kolankowski (N)

Thiadric Hansen (G)
Jackson Jeffcoat (A)
Jake Thomas (N)
Ricky Walker (A)
Jesse Briggs (N)
Malik Clements (A)
Shayne Gauthier (N)
Brandon Alexander (A)
Alden Darby Jr. (A)
Kerfalla Exumé (N)
Nick Hallett (N)
Demerio Houston (A)
Winston Rose (A)
Sergio Castillo (A)

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Ed Tait reported that Alden Darby Jr. will not be returning to the Bombers in 2024.
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BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN CENTRE CHRIS KOLANKOWSKI
JANUARY 29, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with centre Chris Kolankowski. He was scheduled to become a free agent on February 13th.

Kolankowski (6-1, 309; York; born: February 7, 1992, in Etobicoke, Ont.) returns in 2024 for his seventh CFL season and fourth with the Blue Bombers.

Originally selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the sixth round, 49th overall, of the 2016 CFL Draft, Kolankowski dressed for 22 games during his days with the Argos before joining the Blue Bombers in February of 2020.

Kolankowski stepped in for an injured Michael Couture at centre in 2022 and started 15 games that season. Last year he became the Blue Bombers starting centre while starting all 18 regular-season games, plus the Western Final and Grey Cup. He was at the heart of a dominant offensive line that helped the offence finish first in scoring and saw Zach Collaros lead the league in passing.

Kolankowski spent five years at York, winning the Mike Benevides Lineman of the Year Award in 2015 and the Tom Arnott Award for Hard Work and Character in 2013.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/29/blue-bombers-re-sign-centre-chris-kolankowski/


Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign centre Chris Kolankowski to two-year extension

By John Hodge -January 29, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed centre Chris Kolankowski to a two-year contract extension, tying him to the team through 2025. He was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

Per sources, Kolankowski will earn close to $140,000 in 2024 and around $150,000 in 2025 as part of his new deal. This is a significant raise over what he made in 2023, which came in just shy of $90,000.

https://3downnation.com/2024/01/29/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-centre-chris-kolankowski-to-two-year-extension/

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign wide receiver Keytaon Thompson
January 30, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed wide receiver Keytaon Thompson on Tuesday.

Keytaon Thompson is six foot three and weighs 218 pounds. The 25-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2023 and was with the Orlando Guardians (XFL) before the XFL and USFL merged to create the United Football League (UFL).

Collegiately, Thompson played three seasons at Mississippi State (2017-19) with one catch for eight yards, 98 carries for 671 yards, 10 touchdowns, and completed 50 of 105 passes (48%) for 846 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions in 19 games for the Bulldogs.

Then, Thompson transferred to Virginia (2020-22) with 82 carries for 506 yards, eight touchdowns, 138 catches for 1,667 yards, four touchdowns, and completed 2 of 8 passes (25%) for -4 yards in 29 games for the Cavaliers.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/01/30/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-wide-receiver-keytaon-thompson/


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WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH QUARTERBACK CHRIS STREVELER
JANUARY 31, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with quarterback Chris Streveler.

Streveler
(6-1, 216; South Dakota/Minnesota; born: January 6, 1995, in Naperville, IL.) returns to the Blue Bombers after spending the last four seasons in the National Football League, suiting up for nine regular season games and starting one during his days with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets.

Streveler first signed with the club on May 4th, 2018, and was the club's starter to open the season just a few weeks later following the sudden retirement of Darian Durant and an injury to Matt Nichols near the end of training camp. That made him the first straight-from-college quarterback to start Week 1 for a CFL team since Anthony Calvillo with the Las Vegas Posse in 1994 and the first for the Blue Bombers since John Schneider in 1968. He threw for 11 touchdowns in his first season in Winnipeg while rushing for 10 more, making him the first Winnipeg QB since Matt Dunigan to hit double-digit touchdown totals through the air and along the ground.

During the 2019 championship run, he again stepped in for an injured Nichols and guided the club to a 3-5 record. His 726 yards rushing that year established a club record by a quarterback, eclipsing Ken Ploen's mark of 541, set in 1960.

Streveler started 12 games in 2018 and 2019 with the Blue Bombers, going 4-8 in those games. He threw for 2,698 yards with 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions during his days with the club, and rushed for 1,167 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Streveler began his college career at the University of Minnesota, playing both quarterback and receiver before transferring to the University of South Dakota. In his two seasons with the Coyotes, he threw for 6,081 yards and 54 touchdowns. In 2017, Streveler was named MVFC (Missouri Valley Football Conference) Offensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the most outstanding offensive player in the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/01/31/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-to-terms-with-quarterback-chris-streveler/

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Jan 31
Hearing that Streveler's contract is around $120,000, plus playing incentives. Belief is he can make some notable money off the field, given his local celebrity status.

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers re-sign Canadian DBs Nick, Noah Hallett: source
By John Hodge -January 31, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have re-signed Canadian defensive backs Nick and Noah Hallett. Per source, Nick's extension is a two-year deal through 2025, while Noah's is a one-year deal through 2024.

Nick
was a seventh-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft out of the University of Toronto. He has since played 68 regular season games as a member of the Blue Bombers, recording 34 defensive tackles, 60 special teams tackles, three forced fumbles, and one interception.

The 29-year-old set a new career-high with 20 special teams tackles this past season, finishing tied for third league-wide behind only Carthell Flower-Lloyd of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Darius Williams of the Calgary Stampeders. He also made one start at safety in the club's regular season finale against Calgary.

Noah was a second-round pick in the 2020 CFL Draft out of McMaster University, though his career has been greatly limited due to injuries. He made one defensive tackle and four special teams tackles over nine games as a rookie in 2021 but has appeared in only two contests since, suffering a torn ACL in 2022.

The six-foot, 190-pound defender was released after failing his physical at the start of training camp this past season but rejoined Winnipeg's practice roster in October. He will turn 27 in September.

The brothers were born and raised in London, Ont.

https://3downnation.com/2024/01/31/winnipeg-blue-bombers-re-sign-canadian-dbs-nick-noah-hallett-source/

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BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN DEFENSIVE BACKS NICK AND NOAH HALLETT
FEBRUARY 1, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on new contracts for Canadian defensive backs Nick and Noah Hallett.

The two brothers were scheduled to become free agents on February 13th. Nick has signed a two-year deal while Noah is on board for one more season.

Nick Hallett (5-11, 202; University of Toronto; born: February 12, 1994, in London, ON) returns to the Blue Bombers for a fifth season after being selected by the club in the seventh round, 61st overall, of the 2019 CFL Draft.

Hallett has not missed any action in his four seasons with the club and has dressed for 68 regular season games and nine playoff contests, including the last four Grey Cups, while becoming a rotational player at safety on defence and regularly contributing on special teams. He led the Blue Bombers with 20 special teams tackles in 2023, which ranked third in the CFL.

Noah Hallett (6-0, 191; McMaster University; born September 20, 1997, in London, ON) returns to the Blue Bombers for a fourth year after missing all last season as he recuperated from a knee injury.

The Blue Bombers' first pick in the 2020th CFL Draft, 18th overall, Hallett dressed for nine games in 2021 (his rookie season) and was limited to just two games in 2022 after twice suffering injuries during the year.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/01/blue-bombers-re-sign-defensive-backs-nick-and-noah-hallett/

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BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN DEFENSIVE TACKLE JAKE THOMAS
FEBRUARY 2, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with defensive tackle Jake Thomas.

Thomas was scheduled to become a free agent on February 13th.

Thomas
(6-2, 274; Acadia University; born: December 6, 1990, in Douglas, NB) returns to the Blue Bombers for a 12th Canadian Football League season – all in Winnipeg.

Selected by the Blue Bombers in the fourth round, 29th overall, of the 2012 CFL Draft, Thomas is the longest-serving player on the club, having suited up for 186 regular season games and the last four Grey Cups.

His 2023 season was a testament to his consistency and durability as he again suited up for every game for the sixth consecutive year and matched his career high with five quarterback sacks while adding 17 defensive tackles. Thomas now has 25 career sacks and 123 career tackles.

Thomas is a two-time Grey Cup winner as part of the Blue Bombers championship teams in 2019 and 2021.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/02/blue-bombers-re-sign-defensive-tackle-jake-thomas/

John Hodge
  @JohnDHodge

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have re-signed Canadian DL Jake Thomas.
The club paid around $135,000 to re-sign Cameron Lawson earlier this off-season, so this move feels a bit surprising.
Thomas tied a career-high with five sacks last year.

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign WR Aron Cruickshank and DL Kenneth Randall

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed wide receiver Aron Cruickshank
and defensive lineman Kenneth Randall on Friday.

Aron Cruickshank is five foot ten and weighs 170 pounds. The 23-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, was targeted three times in one preseason game for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2023 against the Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers signed Cruickshank as an undrafted free agent in 2023.

Collegiately, Cruickshank played one season at Wisconsin in 2019 making one catch for 11 yards, six carries for 51 yards, and one touchdown in 13 games for the Badgers.

Then, he transferred to Rutgers (2020-22) making 99 catches for 868 yards, five touchdowns, 21 carries for 171 yards, one touchdown, 58 kick returns for 1,357 yards, two touchdowns, 19 punt returns for 196 yards, and one touchdown in 28 games for the Scarlet Knights. He was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2020.

Kenneth Randall is six foot four and weighs 300 pounds. The 28-year-old from Atlantic City, New Jersey, made 25 tackles (16 solo, 9 assists), two tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and two pass breakups in ten games for the New Jersey Generals in 2023. The Generals signed Randall as a free agent on October 6, 2022.

Before New Jersey, Randall signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2021 and later signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2022 being placed on the practice squad.

Collegiately, Randall played five seasons at the University of Charleston (2015-19) with 116 tackles (51 solo, 65 assists), 32.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two blocks on special teams in 30 games for the Golden Eagles.

In 2019, Randall was named First Team All-MEC Honors after recording 64 tackles (29 solo, 35 assists), 16.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three quarterback hits, and two blocked kicks on special teams in 11 games.

In 2018 was named Second Team All-MEC Honors after recording 46 tackles (20 solo, 26 assists), 2.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks in eight games.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/02/02/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-wr-aron-cruickshank-and-dl-kenneth-randall/

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Blue Bombers add to roster - February 2, 2024

WINNIPEG, MB., February 2, 2024 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed five American players – defensive backs Marquise Bridges and Travon Fuller, linebacker Michael Ayers, receiver Keytaon Thompson and offensive lineman Micah Vanterpool.

Bridges (5-11, 190; North Dakota State; born: January 1, 1997, in Minneapolis, MN) joins the Blue Bombers after spending the last two seasons in the Indoor Football League, winning championships with the Bay Area Panthers (2023) and Northern Arizona Wranglers (2022). He also won four national championships during his college days with FCS powerhouse NDSU. A two-time MVFC all-star at NDSU, Bridges was part of Bison teams that went 70-5 during his collegiate career. He had NFL looks from the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers before turning to the IFL.

Fuller (6-1, 180; Tulsa; born: June 16, 1998, in Athens, TX) comes to Winnipeg after playing in five games last year with the D.C. Defenders of the XFL, where he registered seven tackles. Fuller began his college days at Texas A&M before spending the 2021 season at Tulsa as a graduate transfer. In his final college season, he finished with 42 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups for the Golden Hurricane and then signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2022.

Ayers (6-2, 220: Ashland University; born: December 31, 1998, in Columbus, OH) signed last spring with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. A star at Division II Ashland, he was the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 and was named to the AFCA All-America first team after finishing the season with 48 solo tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception, eight pass breakups, 11 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Thompson (6-4, 217; Virginia/Mississippi State; born: October 23, 1998, in New Orleans, LA) first turned pro as an undrafted signing of the Detroit Lions in May of last year and then signed with the Orlando Guardians of the XFL on October 30th. The Guardians folded when the XFL and USFL merged to create the UFL. In Thompson's last year collegiately with the Cavaliers he started 10 games and led the team with 78 receptions for 990 yards and two touchdowns. Named the top high school player in Louisiana in 2016, he played quarterback at Mississippi State from 2017-19 before transferring to Virginia.

Vanterpool (6-6, 315; Hawaii; born: January 19, 1999, in Phoenix, AZ) was signed last August by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent and then released before the season. He first turned pro as a member of the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 2023. Vanterpool played five years at Hawaii, taking snaps at both tackle and guard spots. In his fifth season, he started 13 games at right guard and was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team after not allowing a sack or registering a penalty.

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Random thoughts here:
Looking at the roster, there is a chance we can keep Brady and Schoen.

At QB Prukop and Brown were probably making a combined what 175-200k last year.
Streveler with potential bonuses and a rookie will probably come in at the same price range.

RB: Augustine probably signed for the same amount as last year. If we cut McCrae loose then that frees up aprox. 65 K towards Brady.

WR: If we gamble that theres 1-3 rookies that can make the roster and let Bailey and Grant go we free up probably another roughly 65k.

OL: IF Hardrick and Gray were say let go. We still have Dobson, Eli and Richmond that fill that void. Draft 1-2 OL and probably saving 120k+

DL: Gamble on starting 2 Canadian DT's Thomas and Lawson? Let Jeffcoat and Walker walk, frees up probably 180k.

LB: Briggs and/or Gauthier are the types of depth guys that dont get raises and are probably ok with that. Not really sure what either make but would assume in the 80k range. could cut 1 loose and draft which would make a savings of aprox 10k. Big question here, would you cut Wilson whose signed for 2024 in favour of giving Clements a shot? O'Shea says Wilson is the best LB in the league at covering RB's out of the backfield.

DB: We can assume Rose and Darby are goners. So couldnt we give Houston the same money Rose was making? Alexander a slight 10-20 k bump and still have aprox 140k in savings.

ST: Castillo I would imagine we can keep him for the same pay.

by rough math there is aprox 580k in savings from cutting loose 5-7 guys and choosing to go draft/sign CFL rookies. Brady 250 k (roughly double his last salary), Schoen 250k(roughly 180k/yr raise) is only going to eat up aprox 300 k of that 580 savings.
The CFL salary cap also goes up another 75k this year so by rough math adding that to the 580k savings in perspective makes 650 k savings and without knowing any solid numbers would still leave aprox 350 k left over.
CFL's salary cap goes up another 100k/yr for the next 3 seasons. So you could sign Brady to a 250k 1st year + obvious performance bonuses , 300k 2nd year+ performance bonuses (Lawler would be a FA in 2025). Same with Schoen. What if 225 1st year and like 250-275 2nd year does it.

Sure would be nice to see players salaries like other professional leagues that make millions. Don't know why its such a big deal here in the CFL that we can't see salaries equivalent to middle class/upper middle class citizens
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#52
I think Jeffcoat and walker are closer to $245K. So, you mite have a little more money to spend.
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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign running back Chris Smith

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed running back Chris Smith on Sunday night per his agent Bardia Ghahremani.

Chris Smith is five foot nine and weighs 194 pounds. The 24-year-old from Meridian, Mississippi, signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2023. Then, Smith was drafted by the San Antonio Brahmas (XFL) in the 2023 Rookie Draft.

Collegiately, Smith played five seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette (2018-22) with 373 carries for 2,167 yards, 16 touchdowns, completed one pass for 37 yards, one touchdown, made 52 catches for 410 yards, three touchdowns, 66 kick returns for 1,556 yards, two touchdowns, two punt returns for 11 yards, four tackles (2 solo, 2 assists), and one pass breakup in 53 games for the Rajin' Cajuns. He was named FWAA Second Team All-American in 2020, and First Team All-Sun Belt in 2021.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/02/04/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-running-back-chris-smith/

Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign linebacker Jordan Lewis


The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed linebacker Jordan Lewis on Monday.

Jordan Lewis is six foot two and weighs 220 pounds. The 24-year-old from Ocala, Florida, had 15 tackles (10 solo, 5 assists), 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in ten games for the Jaguars. He signed with the New Jersey Generals (USFL) on August 4, 2023, but the Generals were not included in the USFL and XFL merger that formed the United Football League.

Lewis played four seasons at Southern University (2019-22) with 98 tackles (64 solo, 34 assists), 42 tackles for loss, 26.5 sacks, one interception for 95 yards, three touchdowns, two pass breakups, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in 37 games for the Jaguars.

In the 2021 season, Lewis had a big season with 29 tackles (16 solo, 13 assists), 10 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks in nine games.

He won the Buck Buchanan Award as the top FCS player, along with the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year, College Football Hall of Fame Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year, AFCA First Team All-American, Boxtorow Defensive Player of the Year, and Athlon Sports Spring FCS All American. In addition, he was named Second Team All-SWAC in 2019.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/02/05/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-linebacker-jordan-lewis/


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WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH CFL'S MOST OUTSTANDING CANADIAN BRADY OLIVEIRA
FEBRUARY 6, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with all-star running back Brady Oliveira. He was scheduled to be a free agent on February 13th.

Oliveira (5-10, 222; North Dakota; born: August 15, 1997, in Winnipeg, MB) returns to the Blue Bombers for a fifth season after being originally selected by the club in the second round, 14th overall, in the 2019 CFL Draft.

In 2023, Oliveira was named the Canadian Football League's Most Outstanding Canadian Player and a runner up for the Most Outstanding Player Award while also being selected as a CFL and West Division All-Star.

He led the league in rushing with 1,534 yards – the second highest total by a Canadian in league history after Jon Cornish amassed 1,813 yards for the Calgary Stampeders in 2013 – as well as topping the league in yards from scrimmage (2,016) and touchdowns (13). Oliveira had a league-best seven 100-yard rushing games while setting career highs in rushing, receptions (38) and receiving yards (482).

Oliveira's numbers last year jumped from his 2022 season when he became the team's feature back and rushed for 1,001 yards – the first 1,000-yard season of his career. In 51 regular season games with the Blue Bombers, he has 2,970 yards rushing, 70 receptions for 808 yards and 20 total touchdowns.

Active in the community, Oliveira is passionate about his dog rescue work in Manitoba and around the world. He was the 2022 recipient of the Cal Murphy 'Heart of a Legend' Award, which 'recognizes sportsmanship and dedication to the CFL and the community.'

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/06/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-to-terms-with-cfls-most-outstanding-canadian-brady-oliveira/

Winnipeg Blue Bombers re-sign CFL all-star RB Brady Oliveira

By Justin Dunk -February 6, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have re-signed the CFL's reigning Most Outstanding Canadian Brady Oliveira, per sources.

It's a two-year contract and he'll earn $230,000 in 2024 and $240,000 in 2025, resetting the market for a national RB. Oliveira made around $120,000 in 2023 after reaching incentives for rushing yards, all-star selections and awards.

https://3downnation.com/2024/02/06/__trashed-3/

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BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH CFL ALL-STAR RECEIVER DALTON SCHOEN
FEBRUARY 6, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a new contract with all-star receiver Dalton Schoen.

Schoen was scheduled to become a free agent on February 13th.

Schoen (6-1, 210; Kansas State; born: October 13, 1996, in Overland Park, KS) returns to the Blue Bombers for a third season in 2024. In 34 games over 2022-23, Schoen racked up 141 receptions for 2,663 yards and 26 touchdowns while being named a West Division and CFL All-Star in each season.

Last year, Schoen had 71 receptions for 1,222 yards and 10 touchdowns, finishing third in the league in yardage, first in receiving touchdowns and third in second-down conversion catches with 30.

His rookie year of 2022 was one of the most prolific in CFL history as he led the league with 1,441 receiving yards on 70 receptions while tying for the league lead in touchdowns with 16. Those numbers helped him earn him the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie honours.

Schoen's 1,441 yards in 2022 was the seventh-highest total in club history (Milt Stegall holds the club record of 1,896, set in 2002) and set a team record for touchdowns by a first-year Blue Bomber.

Schoen came to the Blue Bombers after first signing in the NFL as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020 and following looks from Kansas City and Washington.

Schoen was a walk-on at Kansas State, climbing up the depth chart to eventually start as a sophomore and become a key target over his final three years. He finished his college career ranked seventh in school history in yards per reception (17.05) and 15th in career receiving yards (1,569). He finished with 92 receptions for 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns over 34 games from 2017-2019.

He was a 2019 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and a member of the First Team Academic All-Big 12 from 2017-19.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/06/blue-bombers-agree-to-terms-with-cfl-all-star-receiver-dalton-schoen/

Sources: all-star receiver Dalton Schoen re-signs with Winnipeg Blue Bombers
By John Hodge -February 6, 2024

Dalton Schoen has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, per sources. He was 3DownNation's top-ranked pending free agent receiver. It's a one-year deal worth $230,000.

https://3downnation.com/2024/02/06/sources-all-star-receiver-dalton-schoen-to-re-sign-with-winnipeg-blue-bombers/

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Christopher Ivy is six foot three and weighs 296 pounds. The 26-year-old from Wichita, Kansas, was on the Blue Bombers practice squad in 2023. Before Winnipeg, Ivy played three games for the Tulsa Oilers of the Indoor Football League in 2023.

Collegiately, Ivy played three seasons at Tulsa (2016-18). He played 36 games for the Golden Hurricanes. His first two seasons were on special teams before playing the 2018 season at left tackle in his senior season.

Before Tulsa, Ivy was a two-year letter winner and starter at Wichita Heights High School. Ivy started two years at left tackle, helping Wichita advance to the state quarterfinals twice, all while earning a spot on the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFCA) All-State team.

In addition, he earned an honorable mention for All-City merits during his junior season and was First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-City as a senior.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/02/06/winnipeg-blue-bombers-make-several-moves-including-re-signing-wr-dalton-schoen/

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Drew Richmond retires at 28, leaves hole in Winnipeg's offensive line
By John Hodge -February 6, 2024

Drew Richmond has retired from the CFL, opening a hole in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' offensive line.

The six-foot-five, 314-pound blocker was slated to earn near the league's minimum salary in 2024 and, per sources, was unwilling to return to Winnipeg without a new contract. The club was open to renegotiating but, when a deal couldn't be reached, Richmond decided to move on from professional football.

The 28-year-old joined the team in 2021 following a stint in The Spring League, a predecessor to the USFL. He made one start at left tackle that same year and a second start in 2023 after missing the entire 2022 season due to a knee injury.

Richmond was clearly the front-runner to replace Jermarcus Hardrick, who is leaving the team to sign a big-money deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Though he played predominantly on the left side in Winnipeg, he started at right tackle for parts of his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee and the University of Southern California.

Seven-time CFL all-star Stanley Bryant is back to protect Zach Collaros' blindside, though the right tackle spot is now a mystery as recently-signed Micah Vanterpool is the only other American offensive lineman currently on the roster.

The Blue Bombers will open the 2024 regular season by hosting the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes at Princess Auto Stadium on Thursday, June 6.

https://3downnation.com/2024/02/06/drew-richmond-retires-at-28-leaves-hole-in-winnipegs-offensive-line/


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Blue Bombers add to roster - February 7, 2024

WINNIPEG, MB., February 7, 2024 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed four American players – receiver/returner Aron Cruickshank, running back Chris Smith, defensive end Jordan Lewis and defensive back Raleigh Texada.

Cruickshank (5-10, 170; Rutgers; born: September 7, 2000, in Brooklyn, NY) joins the Blue Bombers after NFL looks last year from Chicago and Pittsburgh, signing first as an undrafted free agent with the Bears before a stint with the Steelers. He began his collegiate career at Wisconsin and saw action primarily as a return specialist, taking back two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2019. Cruickshank then transferred to Rutgers and was named the Big Ten's return specialist of the year in 2020 and during his three-year career with the Scarlet Knights averaged 23.4 yards per return. In 28 games over three years at Rutgers Cruickshank had 99 receptions for 868 yards and five touchdowns, adding five more scores as a returner and one rushing. In 2022, his senior season, he led the team with 913 all-purpose yards (385 receiving, 370 kickoff return, 115 rushing and 43 on punt returns).

Smith (5-9, 194; Louisiana-Lafayette; born: September 8, 1999, in Meridian, KS) spent part of last year with the Seattle Seahawks after signing as an undrafted free agent and then was selected by the San Antonio Brahmas in the 2023 XFL Rookie Draft last June. Smith rushed for 2,167 yards and 16 touchdowns over 53 games with the Ragin' Cajuns from 2018-22, adding 52 receptions for 410 yards and three more scores along the ground and 1,556 yards and two TDs in kickoffs. He was named FWAA Second Team All-American in 2020, and First Team All-Sun Belt in 2021.

Lewis (6-3, 223; Southern; born: April 20, 1999, in Ocala, FL) comes to the Blue Bombers after originally signing with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL for 2024, but that franchise folded following the merger of the USFL and XFL to form the new United Football League. Lewis was a highly decorated player at Southern, helping the school capture three SWAC West titles while being named to two All-SWAC teams. In the 2021 spring season he won the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the FCS after registering 27 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks and a forced fumble in just five games. He was also named the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year and College Football Hall of Fame's Mel Blount Player of the Year.

Texada
(5-10, 188; Baylor; born: June 30, 1998, in Frisco, TX) returns to the Blue Bombers after first joining the team last fall as part of the practice roster expansion. Texada was a regular with the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL in 2023, finishing that season with 24 tackles and five pass break ups. He also had NFL looks from the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins.

During his five years at Baylor, Texada recorded 142 tackles and four interceptions while being named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honour Roll four times.

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BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH SAFETY BRANDON ALEXANDER
FEBRUARY 7, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year extension with veteran safety Brandon Alexander.

Alexander
(6-0, 180, Central Florida; born: September 27, 1993 in Orlando, FL) returns in 2024 for his 7th Canadian Football League season – all with the Blue Bombers.

The veteran leader played 17 games last season and finished with 41 defensive tackles and two interceptions. Alexander was named a West Division all-star for the second time in his career in 2023, and has totaled 211 defensive tackles, 20 special teams tackles, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles in 77 career games.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/07/blue-bombers-agree-to-terms-with-safety-brandon-alexander/

Pigskin

I am wondering if Richmond is using his retirement to try and squeeze starting money out of the Bombers. He is scheduled to make league minimum. However, he has been on our PR for 2 seasons and knows our O well. Maybe a pay bump gets him out of retirement. With that said I like the size of Vanterpool, 6'6' 320 and athletic is good for a RT.
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2024-02-08   WPG   WAGGONER, John   DL   A   Iowa   ADD   Game Roster

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign defensive lineman John Waggoner

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed defensive lineman John Waggoner on Thursday.

John Waggoner is six foot five and weighs 267 pounds. The 24-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa, went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Collegiately, Waggoner played four seasons at Iowa (2019-22) with 65 tackles (31 solo, 34 assists), 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and three pass breakups in 41 games for the Hawkeyes.

In his senior season, Waggoner made 34 tackles (16 solo, 18 assists), 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 13 games. He was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/02/08/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-defensive-lineman-john-waggoner/

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BLUE BOMBERS ADD DEFENSIVE LINEMAN TO ROSTER
FEBRUARY 9, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed American defensive lineman John Waggoner.

Waggoner
(6–5, 267; Iowa; born: October 27, 1999, in Des Moines, IA) played four seasons at Iowa (2019-22), recording 65 tackles (31 solo, 34 assists), 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and three pass breakups in 41 games.

In his senior season, Waggoner made 34 tackles (16 solo, 18 assists), 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 13 games. He was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/09/blue-bombers-add-defensive-end-to-roster/

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2024-02-09   WPG   ALEXANDER, Brandon   DB   A   Central Florida   ADD   Game Roster
2024-02-09   WPG   OLIVEIRA, Brady   RB   N   North Dakota   ADD   Game Roster

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Veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers DE Jackson Jeffcoat retires from CFL
By 3Down Staff -February 9, 2024

Veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat has retired from professional football, 3DownNation confirmed with his agent on Friday.

Jeffcoat was scheduled to become a free agent on February 13 and received little interest from the Bombers regarding a return to Winnipeg. He has elected to step away from the game rather than try his luck with another franchise.

The 33-year-old played 14 games for the Bombers in 2023, recording 21 defensive tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles. However, he continued to be nagged by injuries and ends his CFL career having never played a complete season.

The six-foot-three, 251-pound pass rusher first came to Winnipeg in 2017, playing all 78 of his career CFL games with the club. He amassed 150 total tackles, 38 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and two interceptions, earning a CFL all-star selection in 2021.

Prior to arriving in Canada, Jeffcoat spent parts of three seasons in the NFL, originally signing with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He would join the Washington Commanders later that year and saw action in nine games with the team, collecting nine tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, a forced fumble and an interception. He ended his time in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns.

The native of Dallas, Tex. had an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Texas, racking up 172 total tackles, 50 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in four seasons. He was named a consensus All-American after a 13-sack senior season in 2013, taking home Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honours and the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end.

https://3downnation.com/2024/02/09/veteran-winnipeg-blue-bombers-de-jackson-jeffcoat-retires-from-cfl/

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BLUE BOMBERS ADD OFFENSIVE LINEMAN TO ROSTER
FEBRUARY 11, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed American offensive lineman Chris Ivy.

Ivy (6-2, 286; Tulsa; born: June 26, 1997, in Wichita, KS) returns to the Blue Bombers after spending part of last season on the club's practice roster. He initially signed with the team in May of 2023, and was released in August.

Ivy started 35 games over three years (2017-19) with the Golden Hurricanes before suiting up for three games with the Tulsa Oilers of the Indoor Football League in 2023.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/11/blue-bombers-add-offensive-lineman-to-roster/

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BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN SHAYNE GUATHIER
FEBRUARY 12, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran Canadian linebacker Shayne Gauthier

He was scheduled to become a Canadian Football League free agent tomorrow.

Gauthier (5-10, 234; Laval; born: February 2, 1992, in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que.) returns to the Blue Bombers for an eighth season in 2024 after originally being selected by the club in the fourth round, 28th overall, in the 2016 CFL Draft.

Gauthier was limited to six games in 2023 due to injury, causing him to miss action for the first time in four seasons. He finished the year with six defensive tackles and three more on special teams before suiting up for both the Western Final and Grey Cup games.

He posted career-best numbers in 2022 as he saw regular work in the defensive rotation and finished with 28 tackles and the first two quarterback sacks of his career.

Gauthier has now dressed for 87 regular-season CFL games, all with the Blue Bombers, and is a two-time Grey Cup champion following victories in 2019 and 2021.

He played his college ball at Laval, registering 130 tackles over four seasons while twice being named a RSEQ All-Star while earning CIS Second-Team All-Canadian honours as a senior.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/12/blue-bombers-re-sign-shayne-guathier/

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FREE AGENCY PREVIEW
ED TAIT

It has become a regular offseason event for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers – the annual square-peg-into-a-round-hole exercise that is keeping a championship calibre team intact under the squeeze of the Canadian Football League's salary cap.

The CFL's free-agent market opens at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and, despite all the handwringing and worry, many – but not all – of the key components that helped guide this team to a fourth straight Grey Cup appearance last November will indeed be wearing blue and gold again in 2024.

Last week was massive for the Blue Bombers, with Brady Oliveira, Dalton Schoen and Brandon Alexander all putting their names on contract extensions rather than hit the market. Meanwhile, negotiations will continue with some right up until the last moment, including veteran Canadian linebacker Shayne Gauthier, who signed a new deal to remain with the club today.

Last week's CFL negotiation window served up tons of drama across the league map, yet many of the deals featuring players leaving for new teams won't be made official until Tuesday.

With that in mind, here's a quick look at where the Blue Bombers currently stand...

BACK ON BOARD
Winnipeg entered the offseason with a long list of 35 players listed as pending free agents. That number shrunk to 34 in early January with Mike Miller's retirement, which was followed by the announcement he would become the new special teams coordinator. On Friday, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat told The Sun's Paul Friesen he was retiring, taking another name from that list.

Of the remaining 33, 17 have signed back including the following starters:

Defence
DE Willie Jefferson
DTs Jake Thomas (shared the spot with Cam Lawson, who also signed a new deal)
S Brandon Alexander
DB Deatrick Nichols
Dime Redha Kramdi

Offence
RB Brady Oliveira
Rec Dalton Schoen
Rec Drew Wolitarsky
C Chris Kolankowski
G Pat Neufeld
LT Stanley Bryant

Foot Soldiers
Other key players who opted to return rather than head to market:
LB Shayne Gauthier
LB Tanner Cadwallader
DB Nick Hallett
RB Johnny Augustine
LB Brian Cole
DB Noah Hallett (was not listed among the pending free agents as he finished the year on the practice roster)

EXITING
Expected to be officially announced as departures for the Blue Bombers when the market opens on Tuesday:

OL Jermarcus Hardrick (Saskatchewan).
CB Demerio Houston (Calgary)
DT Ricky Walker (Calgary)
DE Jackson Jeffcoat (retired)

Already official


FB Mike Miller (retired)
QB Dru Brown (traded to Ottawa for a fifth-round selection in 2024 CFL Draft)

IN LIMBO
Still unsigned and closer to market:

OL Geoff Gray
Rec Rasheed Bailey
WR/KR Janarion Grant
K Sergio Castillo
LB Malik Clements
LB Jesse Briggs
DE Thiadric Hansen
DB Kerfalla Exumé
CB Winston Rose
RB/Rec Greg McCrae
WR Brendan O'Leary-Orange
QB Dakota Prukop

Updated roster by position:

*indicates Canadian

Quarterback: Zach Collaros
New: Chris Streveler, Eric Barriere, Terry Wilson

Running back/fullback: Brady Oliveira*, Johnny Augustine*, Damian Jackson
New: Jonathan Rosery* (2023 draft pick), Ronnie Brown, Chris Smith

Receiver:
Kenny Lawler, Dalton Schoen, Nic Demski*, Drew Wolitarsky*, Jeremy Murphy*, Ravi Alston
New: Tyler Adams, Peter Afful, Braxton Burmeister, Kody Case, Aron Cruickshank, Oliver Martin, Bryce Mitchell, Keytaon Thompson, Keric Wheatfall, Ontaria Wilson

Offensive line: Stanley Bryant, Pat Neufeld*, Chris Kolankowski*, Liam Dobson*, Tui Eli*, Chris Ivy (spent time on practice roster last year)
New: Michah Vanterpool

Defensive line: Willie Jefferson, Jake Thomas*, Cam Lawson*, Celestin Haba, Anthony Bennett*, Tanner Schmekel*, TyJuan Garbutt, Nate Givhan, Miles Fox
New: Ali Fayad, Collin Kornelson* (2023 draft pick), John Waggoner, Jamal Woods, Jordan Lewis

Linebackers: Adam Bighill, Kyrie Wilson, Brian Cole, Shayne Gauthier*, Tanner Cadwallader*,  Jared Beeksma*
New: Michael Ayers, Max Charbonneau* (2023 draft pick)

Defensive backs: Brandon Alexander, Evan Holm, Deatrick Nichols, Redha Kramdi*, Jamal Parker, Nick Hallett*, Jake Kelly*, Tyrique McGhee, Noah Hallett*, Souleymane Karamoko
New: Bret MacDougal* (2023 draft pick). Anthony Blue, Marquise Bridges, Travon Fuller, Marcus Hillman, Nico McCarthy*, Raleigh Texada

Specialists: P Jamieson Sheahan; LS Mike Benson
New: K Jose Borregales; returner Aron Cruickshank

https://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=55478.60

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Ed Tait  @EdTaitWFC
Jesse Briggs has filed his retirement papers with the @Wpg_BlueBombers. Was scheduled to go to the CFL free agent market today

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Transactions:

2024-02-13   WPG   MCCRAE, Greg   RB   A   Central Florida   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   CLEMENTS, Malik   LB   A   Cincinnati   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   HOUSTON, Demerio   DB   A   Southern   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   O'LEARY-ORANGE, Brendon   WR   N   Nevada   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   CASTILLO, Sergio   K   A   West Texas A&M   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   DARBY, Alden   LB   A   Arizona State   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   BAILEY, Rasheed   WR   A   Delaware Valley   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   BRIGGS, Jesse   LB   N   McGill   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   GRANT, Janarion   WR   A   Rutgers   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   JEFFCOAT, Jackson   DL   A   Texas   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   MILLER, Mike   RB   N   Acadia   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   HARDRICK, Jermarcus   OL   A   Nebraska   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   ROSE, Winston   DB   A   New Mexico State   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   HANSEN, Thiadric   DL   G   Potsdam Royals   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   WALKER, Ricky   DL   A   Virginia Tech   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   GRAY, Geoff   OL   N   Manitoba   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   EXUME, Kerfalla-Emmanuel   DB   N   Montreal   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   PRUKOP, Dakota   QB   A   Oregon   DEL   
2024-02-13   WPG   ALLEN, Will   DB   A   Columbia   DEL   League Suspension
2024-02-13   WPG   GOODSON, O'Bryan   DL   A   Memphis   DEL   League Suspension
2024-02-13   WPG   HACKETT, Tom   P   G   Utah   DEL   League Suspension
2024-02-13   WPG   RICHMOND, Drew   OL   A   USC   DEL   Free Agent

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#74
A TEAM-BY-TEAM LOOK AT 2024 CFL FREE AGENCY
FEBRUARY 13, 2024

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
Additions/Re-Signings:

PLAYER    POSITION    TRANSACTION    FORMER TEAM
*The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were inactive on Tuesday
Eric Lofton   OL   Signed 02/16/24   SSK

Departures:

PLAYER    POSITION    TRANSACTION    NEW TEAM
Dakota Prukop    QB    Signed 02/13/24    BC
Jermarcus Hardrick    OL    Signed 02/13/24    SSK
Demerio Houston    DB    Signed 02/13/24    CGY
Kerfalla Exumé    DB    Signed 02/13/24    TOR
Malik Clements    LB    Signed 02/14/24    TOR

https://www.cfl.ca/2024/02/13/a-team-by-team-look-at-free-agency-2/

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Canadian DB Tyrell Ford returns to Winnipeg Blue Bombers
By Justin Dunk -February 14, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have brought back Canadian defensive back Tyrell Ford following a stint in the NFL.

The 25-year-old signed with the Green Bay Packers in January 2023 after working out for six NFL teams, though he was waived at the conclusion of training camp. He remained a free agent for the rest of the 2023 season with the hope of garnering another NFL opportunity but went unsigned.

Ford was selected by the Blue Bombers with a second-round pick in the 2022 CFL Draft out of the University of Waterloo. He recorded three defensive tackles, three knockdowns, and 10 special teams tackles over 18 regular season games as a rookie, making one start at field-side cornerback. He was released from his three-year contract in order to sign with the Packers but has now returned under the final year of his rookie deal.

The five-foot-eleven, 188-pound cover man was a standout at the University at Buffalo pro day in March 2022, recording a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, 36.5-inch vertical, 126-inch broad jump, and 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also attended the CFL Combine where he ran a 4.42-second forty-yard dash, 7.03-second three-cone drill, and 4.27-second shuttle.

The native of Niagara Falls, Ont. was a three-time OUA all-star and two-time second-team All-Canadian while playing for the Waterloo Warriors in U Sports. He made 72 defensive tackles, six interceptions, and 20 knockdowns over the course of his career along with 1,872 return yards and three punt return touchdowns.

The Blue Bombers will open the 2024 regular season by hosting the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes at Princess Auto Stadium on Thursday, June 6.

https://3downnation.com/2024/02/14/canadian-db-tyrell-ford-returns-to-winnipeg-blue-bombers/

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Quote from: gobombersgo on February 15, 2024, 07:56:19 AMCanadian DB Tyrell Ford returns to Winnipeg Blue Bombers
By Justin Dunk -February 14, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have brought back Canadian defensive back Tyrell Ford following a stint in the NFL.

The 25-year-old signed with the Green Bay Packers in January 2023 after working out for six NFL teams, though he was waived at the conclusion of training camp. He remained a free agent for the rest of the 2023 season with the hope of garnering another NFL opportunity but went unsigned.

Ford was selected by the Blue Bombers with a second-round pick in the 2022 CFL Draft out of the University of Waterloo. He recorded three defensive tackles, three knockdowns, and 10 special teams tackles over 18 regular season games as a rookie, making one start at field-side cornerback. He was released from his three-year contract in order to sign with the Packers but has now returned under the final year of his rookie deal.

The five-foot-eleven, 188-pound cover man was a standout at the University at Buffalo pro day in March 2022, recording a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, 36.5-inch vertical, 126-inch broad jump, and 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also attended the CFL Combine where he ran a 4.42-second forty-yard dash, 7.03-second three-cone drill, and 4.27-second shuttle.

The native of Niagara Falls, Ont. was a three-time OUA all-star and two-time second-team All-Canadian while playing for the Waterloo Warriors in U Sports. He made 72 defensive tackles, six interceptions, and 20 knockdowns over the course of his career along with 1,872 return yards and three punt return touchdowns.

The Blue Bombers will open the 2024 regular season by hosting the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes at Princess Auto Stadium on Thursday, June 6.

https://3downnation.com/2024/02/14/canadian-db-tyrell-ford-returns-to-winnipeg-blue-bombers/

It's a shame he wasted all of last season, but good to see him back!
My wife is amazing!

KINGCHARLES

I'm actually kind of excited to see what Ford can do at corner. I think the early word on the street is the Canadian Mafia believes he can be a starting CB.
If i recall he started the final regular season game against BC in 2022 and basically locked down Rhymes or Hatcher. I believe there was no TD's scored on him and i think he had a knockdown or 2. Didn't allow a ton of yards either. To then get an NFL opportunity in which he wasn't cut till the end of August much speak volumes at to what other people see in him, the potential in him. I believe he had multiple NFL workouts as well.
Lets see how much more improved he is after a tiny NFL experiment. I'm sure being 25 years old and turning 26 next month and on his rookie deal still with that kind of taste in his mouth is going to motivate him to try and get another shot.
Random early prediction is he's going to impress all of us.
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KINGCHARLES

While we had to know roster change was inevitable, we have to brace for more change within the next 1-3 seasons. There will come a time that Bryant, Bighill (I feel like Bighill will be going into coaching when done) and Jefferson retire. Collaros as well. Salary cap went up another 75,000 this year and will go up 100k/year for the next 3 seasons. Plus starting this year player will earn 25% of profit sharing too (not sure what that will even equate too). Next off-season the Bombers may be forced to decide between Lawler and Schoen. After the 2025 season Brady will probably be demanding and getting 300k/yr from the Bombers. Demski will be 32in the 2025 off season when his contract expires. I imagine he's going to be a guy that goes year by year at 32 or signs a final 2 yr deal (star WR's in the CFL don't typically play much past their mid 30's).
We are currently in a window of time that the Bombers need to keep winning to establish fear and dominance on the league. To help lure future big FA's here for when veterans retire.
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Winnipeg Blue Bombers release FB Damian Jackson
By John Hodge -February 15, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released American fullback Damian Jackson.

The six-foot-one, 251-pound native of Las Vegas, Nev. dressed for 15 regular season games in 2023, recording three receptions for 21 yards and three special teams tackles.

The 31-year-old started his collegiate career at the University of Nebraska at age 25 after serving four years as a Navy SEAL. He finished college at the University at Buffalo in 2022 where he primarily played defensive end.

The Blue Bombers will open the 2024 regular season by hosting the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes at Princess Auto Stadium on Thursday, June 6.

https://3downnation.com/2024/02/15/winnipeg-blue-bombers-release-fb-damian-jackson/

BLUE BOMBERS TRANSACTIONS
FEBRUARY 15, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announces the team has released American fullback Damian Jackson.
https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/15/blue-bombers-transactions-18/

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BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH OFFENSIVE TACKLE ERIC LOFTON
FEBRUARY 16, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed American offensive tackle Eric Lofton.

Lofton (6-4, 293, Temple,; born: March 6, 1993 in Lumberton, NJ)  returns to Winnipeg after spending the 2022 season with the club. Last season, he started 14 games for the Riders at tackle.

Lofton has also spent two seasons (2019-20) with the Edmonton Elks, suiting up for two games. He started his CFL career with the Ottawa Redblacks, dressing in four games during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The New Jersey native played five collegiate seasons (2011-2015) at Temple University. He appeared in 37 games, making starts at right tackle, right guard and left guard.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/16/blue-bombers-agree-to-terms-with-offensive-tackle-eric-lofton/

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Transactions:

2024-02-16   WPG   JACKSON, Damian   FB   A   Buffalo   DEL   Free Agent
2024-02-16   WPG   Gemmel, Jeremiah   LB   A   North Carolina   ADD   Game Roster
2024-02-16   WPG   LOFTON, Eric   OL   A   Temple   ADD   Game Roster

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel on Friday.

Jeremiah Gemmel is six foot one and weighs 225 pounds. The 25-year-old from Newnan, Georgia, made eight tackles (1 solo, 7 assists) and one tackle for loss in eight games for the Orlando Guardians (XFL) in 2023.

Orlando drafted Gemmel in the first round (3rd pick) of Phase 6 of the 2023 XFL Draft. The Guardians were not included in the XFL and USFL merger that formed the United Football League (UFL).

Before Orlando, Gemmel signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2022. He also had a brief stint with the Denver Broncos.

Collegiately, Gemmel played four seasons at North Carolina (2018-21) making 238 tackles (136 solo, 102 assists), 20 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 42 games for the Tar Heels. He was named Third Team All-ACC in 2021.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/02/16/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-linebacker-jeremiah-gemmel/


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Really like Gemmels, size and speed.
Don't go through life looking in the rearview mirror.

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Transactions:

2024-02-20   WPG   FORD, Tyrell   DB   N   Waterloo   ADD   Game Roster

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign offensive lineman Kendall Randolph
February 21, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed offensive lineman Kendall Randolph on Wednesday.

Kendall Randolph
is six foot four and weighs 300 pounds. The 26-year-old from Madison, Alabama, signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2023, and played three preseason games.

Collegiately, Randolph played four seasons at Alabama (2019-22) after sitting out his first two seasons in 2017 and 2018 with the Crimson Tide. He played 53 games playing guard, tackle, and tight end positions making one tackle (1 solo). In 2022, Randolph helped open holes for 317 rushing yards while providing time for 555 yards of total offense and did not allow a sack.

In 2020, he started six games as a tight end while serving as a backup left tackle to Alex Leatherwood. Randolph played 13 games earning 313 combined snaps at tackle and tight end as the Crimson Tide won the CFP National Championship over Ohio State.

https://www.bgmsportstrax.com/2024/02/21/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-offensive-lineman-kendall-randolph/

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BLUE BOMBERS ADD THREE TO ROSTER
FEBRUARY 22, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed three American players – offensive tackle Kendall Randolph, defensive tackle Kenny Randall and linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel.

Randolph (6-4, 300; Alabama; born: November 14, 1998, in Madison, AL) joins the Blue Bombers after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks last May and suiting up for three preseason games before his release.

Randolph played four years at Alabama (2019-22) and played in 53 games at guard, tackle and tight end for the Crimson Tide. He started six games as a tight end in 2020 while serving as the backup left tackle and played in 13 games as Alabama won the CFP National Championship.

Randall (6-4, 300; Charleston; born: December 7, 1995, in Atlantic City, NJ) returns to the Blue Bombers after attending training camp with the club in 2022 and spending last year with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL where he played in 10 games and registered 2.5 quarterback sacks and 16 tackles.

Randall enjoyed a solid college career with the Golden Eagles and was named First Team All-MEC Honors in 2019 and finished his collegiate career with 64 tackles, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles before signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021 and attending the team's training camp.

Gemmel (6-2, 225; North Carolina; born: November 5, 1998, in Newnan, GA) comes to Winnipeg after playing in seven games last season with the Orlando Guardians of the XFL. He played in 42 games, starting 38, for the Tar Heels from 2017-21) before earning NFL looks from the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos in 2022. He was voted team captain with UNC in his junior season and as a senior was named Third Team All-ACC after registering 75 tackles, seven hurries, 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/22/blue-bombers-add-three-to-roster-4/

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BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH KICKER SERGIO CASTILLO
FEBRUARY 23, 2024

WINNIPEG, MB., February 23, 2024 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with American kicker Sergio Castillo.

Castillo (5-9, 197; West Texas A&M; born: November 1, 1990, in La Joya, TX) returns to the Blue Bombers for a fourth season in 2024 in his third stint with the club after initially signing in 2015. He was acquired via trade during the 2021 campaign and then signed last May following his release by the Edmonton Elks.

Castillo's 2023 season was record-breaking, as he connected on 46 of 51 field goal attempts, with his 90.2 percentage establishing a new Blue Bombers standard. Castillo was a perfect 31 of 31 inside the 40-yard line; 15 of 20 in 40-plus attempts and four of 6 from 50 yards-plus, including a season-long of 53 yards.

He was 3 of 5 in the Western Final and then hit his only attempt in the Grey Cup, extending his streak in championship games to six after he went 5 of 5 in the Blue Bombers 2021 victory over Hamilton in the title game.

Castillo has a career field goal percentage of 86.7 (170-196) in 77 career CFL games with the Blue Bombers (2015, 2021, and 2023), Ottawa REDBLACKS (2016), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2017), B.C. Lions (2019) and Edmonton Elks (2022). He was a CFL All-Star with the Lions in '19 and also has pro experience with the New York Jets (2020), Houston Roughnecks (2020) and San Antonio Commanders.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2024/02/23/blue-bombers-agree-to-terms-with-kicker-sergio-castillo/