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Friday, February 9, 2018

BOMBERS SIGN BOWMAN

WINNIPEG - Adarius Bowman has always felt at home at Winnipeg's Investors Group Field.

After signing a one-year contract with the Blue Bombers on Friday, the free-agent receiver can officially call it that for the first time.

Bowman, who played at the old Canad Inns Stadium as a member of the Blue Bombers from 2009-10 before joining the Edmonton Eskimos the following year, attended the ground-breaking ceremony at the Investors Group Field construction site in 2010.

"I dug one of the first holes into the ground here,'' Bowman told reporters at a news conference. "I think it might still be a dose of that in me, even though I left away I can never forget that.''

The 32-year-old was cut by the Eskimos on Monday shortly before he was due to receive a $140,000 roster bonus.

Bowman spent the last seven seasons with Edmonton and had 45 catches for 534 yards and five TDs over 12 regular-season games in 2017. He added five receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns in two playoff contests.

With the Bombers, Bowman will be reunited with offensive co-ordinator Paul LaPolice, who served as his offensive co-ordinator with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2008.

Asked why he wanted to sign with Winnipeg, Bowman replied: "why not?''

"I definitely (wanted to be) around the offensive co-ordinator that I started my career with and it will be nice to finish it with him, so definitely excited to reunite with him,'' Bowman continued. "After that, it was very simple to me - great group of guys, explosive offence, great defence, a team that I see is going to compete for the Grey Cup.

"When you're in a position where you can actually choose, why not go where you feel is home to you?''

The six-foot-three, 215-pound Bowman had a club-record 120 catches for a league-high 1,759 yards and nine TDs in 2016. Edmonton signed him to a contract extension through 2018 following the record year.

He reportedly made $260,000 last season and was scheduled to make $265,000 this year, including the bonus.

Bowman is a three-time CFL all-star and three-time division all-star. He and Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols previously played together with the Eskimos.

"Adarius will certainly add another level of playmaking ability to our offence,'' Winnipeg general manager Kyle Walters said in a statement. "He has grown tremendously both on and off the field over his years in the CFL, and we're excited to re-unite him with Matt Nichols and watch him work with our receivers in 2018.''

The former Oklahoma State star won a Grey Cup with Edmonton in 2015.

(Canadian Press)

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Also Bowman rejected a higher contract offer from the riders...very happy you decided Winnipeg instead Bowman.

Anonymous said...

Bombers now have two former star players past their prime. Riders are much better off to stick with young talent like Roosevelt, Holley, Carter, Picton, Jones etc. Riders have enough old vets in Bagg, Owens and Thigpen without having to fork over cap space to Bowman.

Anonymous said...

Riders never offered him a contract. They don't need him!

Bowman only played well against the Bum Bombers. Rack up another receiver on the back nine of their career in Winnipeg.

Anonymous said...


Wpg starting to give Nichols a pretty good group of receivers.

Anonymous said...

Probably because he recognizes there are many talented receivers here and only one ball.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather have Bowman or McDaniel than Owens.

Anonymous said...

lol ... like you would know what and even if the Riders offered him anything! The Riders have Carter, Roosevelt and Grant along with owens. The last thing they need is another over priced receiver. get real!

Anonymous said...

Reports are that the Riders offered Bowman $160,000. The Bombers offered him less and he signed with Winnipeg. I guess everyone doesn't want to play for Chris Jones. Bowman has played under Jones but chose to go elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Riders probably offered him 160k for 2 years, the Bombers gave 150k for just next year.

Winnipeg math = Bowman took less money than the Riders offered

Anonymous said...

Yuk, yuk, Bowman turned down a higher offer from the Riders. But why, everyone says everybody wants to play for the Riders?

PO'd with Jones

Anonymous said...

Jones prepared to pay Bowman Carter type money. If you really don't like Bowman, what does it say about Jones' value of Carter?

Anonymous said...

Bowman said he signed in Winnipeg because "it felt like home"

Didn't know he grew up in an outhouse

Anonymous said...

Yeah the two or three games a year against the Bombers gave made him the top receiver in the CFL bahaha. Also yes he was offered a contract by the riders...do some research on other CFL sights lmao. UNINFORMED person on here once again lol.

Anonymous said...

You must be the same guy above with no information again...he was offered 160,000 by the riders on a year contract, offered 140,000 by the Bombers on a year contract and Eskimos only offered 125,000 on a year contract. There is the information you need to comprehend that are facts so hope you can manage this thought process...it's a lot at once.

Anonymous said...

Go check 3 down nation out and so on...all the info there that states the riders had an offer in.

Anonymous said...

Bowman passed on playing for the 4th place riders can you honestly blame the guy lol,lol,lol.lets see sign with a 2nd place team with a good chance for 1st or sign with the 4th place team that much closer to last hmmmmmm tough decision,lol

Anonymous said...

Regina is much better?

Anonymous said...

Likely signed with the bombers because he wasn't sure he could crack the riders kind up.

Anonymous said...

Rider receiving core was too strong and he probably realized he would be cut coming out of training camp, at which point it's hard to find a team with cap space.

Lucky for him Winnipegs receiving core is brutal. Good call on his part

Anonymous said...

Question for "Bowman passed on" - Is it your contention that players only consider team standings from the previous year as the basis for their contract signing decision? By that logic all sports league standings would never/very rarely change.

Anonymous said...

Wow if you're going to use 3 Down Nation as your source for correct CFL news then you deserve to cheer for Wpg. They add Riders name to every post they can because it generates hits to their website which means ad revenue for them. The Riders front office has shot down so many BS stories by Justin Dunk that they've developed carpal tunnel in their trigger finger.
Those guys are the TMZ of CFL news and if you believe whatever they say then you deserve to look silly with your comments.
Best of luck to you and your Bombers - here's hoping AB helps make them competitive this year - the rest of the league would appreciate it.

Just saying said...

Bowman states it will be a great offensive, I agree with that, but when he said it is a great defence I couldn’t agree less. He signed for less money for garaunteed playing time for a guy on the end of his career that’s the right choice if you are already financially stable. Very good on him. Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

They aren't always incorrect either...sure they have wrongfull info there at times but just as it does here also. You need to look at the source they are getting it from also because it's not just Dunk coming up with this by himself at all times so you can look silly by not at least seeing where the info us coming from before you open your yap up. By the way your comment is as judgemental and incorrect as calling me a Bomber fan because I am not.