The Winnipeg Blue Bombers continue to tinker with their roster in advance of training camp opening later this month.
The Bombers announced the additions of four players today, all imports, while releasing five others.
Coming aboard are:
- Braylon Bell, receiver, (6-6, 205, Abilene Christian): undrafted receiver who played for the Utah Blasé of the Arena League before earning a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys.
- Brett Maher, placekicker, (6-0, 186, Nebraska): spent five seasons with the University of Nebraska, first as the back-up kicker and holder before taking over the kicking chores in 2011. Connected on 39 of 50 field goal attempts and earned a reputation as a long-distance kicker, as he made 14 of 22 attempts from beyond 40 yards with six connections from 50-plus yard-range. In 2011, he was named the All Big Ten punter and was the All Big Ten Second Team all-star kicker a year later. Maher impressed at last month’s Bomber mini-camp in Florida.
- Matt Pierce, defensive back (5-10, 195, Valdosta State): played four seasons for the Blazers, starting 44, en route to being named First Team All-Gulf South Conference after his junior season and Third Team All-Region. In the Blazers’ title-winning 2012 NCAA Division II game, Pierce also returned the opening kickoff 96 yards.
- Kashawn Fraser, defensive end (6-3, 265, Central Michigan/Henderson State); played from 2008 to 2010, sat the 2011 season with an injury. In 2012, Fraser left Central Michigan University in 2012 and moved on to Henderson State where he played 11 games.
The club has also released import defensive backs Gabe Loper and Phillip Benning, import offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry, import receiver Quentin Sims and import defensive lineman Damario Jeffrey.