Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Eskimos Extend Bowman; Bombers Release Shologan
The Edmonton Eskimos have extended the contract of international slotback Adarius Bowman, keeping him in Green and Gold through 2018.
A three-time consecutive CFL All-Star, Bowman set a team-record last season with 120 receptions for a league-leading 1,759 yards and nine touchdowns. He had nine 100-plus yard receiving games, including a three-touchdown performance in Week 3 and a 10-catch, 185-yard performance in Week 10. He earned CFL Player of the Week honours three times and CFL Player of the Month for September.
During the 104th Grey Cup Playoffs, Bowman recorded 114 yards on six receptions with two touchdowns.
Entering his 10th season, the six-foot-three native of Chattanooga, Tennessee has amassed career totals of 568 receptions for 8,490 yards and 43 touchdowns.
Bowman originally joined the Eskimos as a free agent in January 2011, later re-signing in December 2013 and December 2015.
Prior to Edmonton he spent his rookie season in Saskatchewan (2008) and two years in Winnipeg (2009-10).
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive line is undergoing another makeover.
The Bombers announced Tuesday the release of veteran defensive tackle Keith Shologan along with fullback Pascal Lochard – both Canadians – just two weeks before the opening of the Canadian Football League’s free agent market.
As well, import defensive tackle Euclid Cummings – added last year along with Shologan during the Bombers free agent spending spree – seems destined to hit the open market on Feb. 14th after seeing his quarterback sack total drop from eight to three.
“It’s a tough business,” said Bombers GM Kyle Walters. “Veteran guys have higher salaries and as we head into free agency there’s some tough decisions that need to be made as you try to set yourself up for this year. This was one of them.
“We wish Keith the best of luck.”
Shologan, now 31, made 17 starts for the Bombers in ’16, signing here after posting a career-best seven sacks with the Ottawa REDBLACKS in 2015 but managing just two last season.
(Winnipeg Blue Bombers)