WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have found a new anchor to the inside of their defensive line.
The Bombers signed international defensive tackle Drake Nevis on day one of CFL free agency, Tuesday.
Nevis is 27 and played college football at LSU. He spent last season with the Hamilton Tiger Cats, making 29 tackles with 5 sacks. Prior to last season, he spent time in the NFL after being drafted in the third round in the 2011 NFL draft.
Nevis replaces DT Euclid Cummings, who is leaving the team as a free agent.
The Bombers also signed Canadian WR Matt Coates on Tuesday. Coates is a replacement for departing Canadian wideout Rory Kohlert. He has nine catches in the last three seasons with Hamilton.
Prior to the start of free agency, Winnipeg locked up young offensive lineman Sukh Chungh to a contract extension.
Chungh was not a pending free agent but was heading into the final year of his contract. He’s now signed through the 2018 season.
Chungh was the second overall pick in the 2015 CFL Draft.
The Bombers also re-sign Canadian LB Jesse Briggs on Monday. They selected the McGill University product in the second round, 17th overall in the 2014 CFL Draft. They have also reportedly agreed to terms with Canadian LB Sam Hurl. The team has not made that deal official.
They did not offer deals to any of their remaining free agents. Linebacker Khalil Bass has signed with Ottawa.
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One player the Bombers could be interested in is Canadian running back Kienan LaFrance. The Winnipeg native is coming off a breakout performance in the postseason with Ottawa as the RedBlacks won the Grey Cup in 2016.
He’s a graduate of Sturgeon Heights Collegiate and the University of Manitoba and could be a fit as a back up for Andrew Harris in blue and gold.
There are some other big names hitting free agency around the league. Some of the top names include Canadian OL Pierre Lavertu in Calgary and Ottawa receivers Ernest Jackson and Greg Ellingson.