Winnipeg – For the second time in as many days, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have added to their receiving corps. Less than 24 hours after re-signing of Darvin Adams to a 3 year deal on Monday, the Winnipeg Football Club has announced they have agreed to a two year deal with former Edmonton Eskimo and Montreal Alouette Kenny Stafford.
“Kenny is an experienced receiver in our league, with great athletic ability and big play capability,” said Blue Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters in a team news release. “He’s got the range to go up and get the football and he’s a competitor. We’re very confident he will fit comfortably into our locker room, and are excited about what he will bring to our offence.”
Stafford played in just 9 games for Montreal last season, catching 16 passes for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. The former Toledo Rocket was sidelined with a fractured toe, and then in September Stafford and his cousin Duron Carter were involved in a much publicized flare up with Als QB Rakeem Cato during a practice in mid-September just several days after the trade that sent Kevin Glenn to Winnipeg. About a month later, both Stafford and Carter were released by the Alouettes.
“I’m really excited to start a new chapter of my career with an organization who wants me and a fan base who is so passionate about its team,” Stafford said in a news release. “Every time I have played in Winnipeg, I’ve thought about how great the atmosphere is, and to be on the good side of it will be a great thing. This is a team on the rise with great leadership, and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
The year before, the 6-3, 205 pound receiver from Columbus, Ohio helped Edmonton win the Grey Cup at Investors Group Field. In 2015, Stafford played in all 18 games for the Eskimos and put up some decent numbers playing behind Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker, with 47 receptions for 732 yards and 9 touchdowns.