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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

RYAN SMITH HEADED TO WINNIPEG

WINNIPEG, MB., February 9, 2016 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the signing of International receiver Ryan Smith to a two-year contract.

Smith (5-7, 175,  North Dakota State, August 19, 1991 in Wahpeton, North Dakota) joins the Blue Bombers after spending his first two CFL seasons with Saskatchewan. The North Dakota State product led the Riders in receiving yards and touchdowns last season, finishing with 59 receptions for 991 yards and seven scores. 

"Ryan Smith was ranked very high on all free agent lists heading into today," said Blue Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters. "He brings dynamic playmaking ability to the offence, and is a hard-nosed receiver. Ryan is the type of player we want in this organization, and we're thrilled he's decided to make Winnipeg his home."

Smith has played in 24 games over two season with Saskatchewan, starting in 22. In 2015, he recorded a catch of 40 yards or more in six of his 15 games, and caught at least one ball in every game he played.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

2nd 1000 yd player that the Riders have lost with no proven players to replace them
Just stating a fact

Anonymous said...

How do the Bombers afford all these players?

Anonymous said...

3-15 team last season…another fact..

Anonymous said...

Not surprised. If you listened to his locker room exit interview last year and look between the lines it sounded like he would not be back. I expected Winnipeg to be his new team. I understand, but I still think releasing Dressler was a big mistake. Akin to cutting George Reed.

Anonymous said...

I originally thought when Dressler left that the Riders that the new management had, instead, decided to keep Ryan Smith... I am sadly mistaken.

Bombers are the big winners so far on this free agency day.

:-(

Kel in Vic

Darren M said...

Yes one has to wonder how close to the cap they're at. Big signings to say the least. This should make them instant contenders and nothing less than a Grey Cup appearance is on the table. The pressure is on. It's going to be very interesting to see how it all plays out in Winnipeg.

Anonymous said...

Very disappointed with the direction the Riders are going. Sure hope that things improve before the season starts. So far, it has not been too encouraging!

Anonymous said...

Ryan Smith leaves on his own accord.

Anonymous said...

Walters is taking blowing his wad this year. He knows if he doesn't make some major moves he is done after this year. It is very reminiscent of Raman with Dressler and Chick. One has to wonder how he is affording all these players.

Anonymous said...

Riders left with one proven receiver - that would be Rob Bagg
no 100 yd receivers left for DD to throw the ball to
lining up to be a bad year for the riders I think

Rocker said...

How can you say Grey Cup for the Bombers, yes they picked up some good players but it takes more then Dressler,Smith and Andrew Harris to win a Grey Cup. Have they improved, yes probably but lets play the season before handing them the cup. If we get Laurent all those Winnipeg signing wouldn't come close to our one signing

Anonymous said...

another fact
3-15 season not the offenses fault !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love Dressler and love Smith but two of them were not able to give us a winning season last year because it takes much more than two great players. Let's watch a few games before we criticize our management for what they've done. Maybe, just maybe they aren't as dumb as people seem to think they are. Honestly, Dressler looked fairly ordinary last year and Smith has been hurt a few times. Maybe the decisions weren't even that hard for management to make. Hopefully bigger taller faster is going to pay off.

Anonymous said...

Laurent is going for more than chick.. he ain't commin here

Anonymous said...

Relax. Murphy and Jones habs lots of time and camps to fill in roster. Free agency us for suckers. Winnipeg took the low hanging fruit. Scouting American talent on the cheap and building through draft is the way to go

Anonymous said...

DD should be able to figure it out for himself which receivers to throw the ball to since he's the highest paided QB in the league, a child can do it on the school yard.

Christopher Evans said...

Wow! What's with all the negative nellies on here?!?! You don't build through free-agency; you acquire a couple of pieces here and there. The new CFL is taller receivers & taller DB's. We made some good moves to acquire depth and Chiles is a nice addition to the receiving corp! Murphy said before we weren't looking to win free-agency! Our new admin is looking beyond one years' time... they are building a team around a three year plan of players now, players for depth, and future players. They are not going to throw around a big pile of cash to players who are over-valued... that is not sustained success. Personally, I don't expect miracles this year, but we will be competitive. The next couple of years, we will have a much better base of players to build upon and be a force to be reckoned with!!

Anonymous said...

Good receivers signed by Riders today

Anonymous said...

Love the direction the Riders are headed. If we do sign Chambers there will be two good young Canadian receivers (Demski) to go with Bagg. It would appear that Getzlaf may be headed to retirement. The American receiving core will be big and fast.

Unknown said...

Dressler and Smith both did not get to 1000 yards last year. Fact.

Curtis

Curtis Fiege said...

Dressler and Smith both did not get to 1000 yards last year. Fact.

Curtis

Anonymous said...

Good ridence Ryan Smith.

Anonymous said...

Good receivers signed by Riders today
Love the direction the Riders are headed

REALLY!!!!!!!

The best signing is known for his drops and a best 600 yd season
Next best is a 400 yd receiver who is hurt all the time
And then there is a bunch of americans who have never made any team - but they are tall, wonder if they can play. Well not so far in their careers

Open your eyes people
its not so great so far

oh yes I forgot that the riders have lost 2 - 1000 yd receivers
and it doesn't matter how tall you are if you produce

Anonymous said...

WE all liked Ryan Smith, but he's gotta do what's right for him.

Anonymous said...

Easy vanstone ..

Cloud Strife said...

Ryan Smith has never had 1000 yards in a season.

Fact.

Anonymous said...

"3-15 team last season…another fact.."

Run along now... The adults are trying to talk.

T. Brown

Glen Erickson said...

Excited for Durant as he'll finally be able to look down field for receivers he'll be able to see! A bunch of 6'3 targets will probably be a nice change of pace. Meanwhile, Drew Willy will be charged with having to "hunt" for Dressler and Smith. Both are skilled, but not indefensible. Glad the Bombers are making a splash. It's a good deal for the CFL if Winnipeg starts having some success. Go 'Riders!

Anonymous said...

What kind of year did we have with Dressler,Smith and Chick? I trust Jones more than the negative arm chair quarterbacks here....All these guys were American ad we should be able find younger cheaper Americans... we needed to rebuild our Canadian depth.

Darcy from Regina

Anonymous said...

Take a hike Bub, Riders doing just fine with building a perenial winning product. Patience!

Anonymous said...

Smith wanted 150K. He wasn't getting that from us, but he found some sucker (team) that did. Good luck in Winnipeg!

Anonymous said...

Dressler was overpaid and not willing to take a pay cut. Ryan Smith has had a number of concussions already. Period! Let's give the new regime a few games before we run them out of town please.

Anonymous said...

he was disrespectful to his coach and when put on the field he was useless. Says a lot about the idiot caller who wanted to see the backups play.

Anonymous said...

I believe Sith has had a few concussions and the way he plays he wn't be for long. Had to go to the peg cause Dressup's his ride.

Anonymous said...

Smith and Dressler will absolutely Kick our Asses this year. Our 2 best receivers out the window just like that . Last place here we come again.

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg makes sense for Smith, especially with his concussion injuries.

If you want to go somewhere and still play when your concussed, Winnioeg is the place to go. As we seen last year with Willy.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to those guys, but go Riders go !

Anonymous said...

lol you guys are to funny. Change is not always bad... Anyone else getting excited to see all the new faces once training camp starts?

Anonymous said...

I'm excited to see these taller WR's get a look. Be able to compete with these taller DB's. I think with both Smith and Dressler in Winnipeg they will struggle to get 1000 yards this season. But only time will tell. Go Rider's!

Anonymous said...

"Anyone else getting excited to see all the new faces once training camp starts?"

Count me in! I have absolute faith that Jones/Murphy/O'Day will put a kick-ass team together!

T. Brown