The Winnipeg Blue Bombers added two more pieces today and said farewell to another with the release of receiver Mike Sims-Walker.
Coming aboard are defensive back Maurice Leggett and defensive end Stafford Gatling, both imports.
Leggett (5-11, 188; Valdosta State) spent the past two seasons in the Arena Football League with Utah and Philadelphia after stints with Kansas City and Detroit in the NFL. Signed by the Chiefs in 2008, Leggett won the Mack Lee Hill Award as the team’s top rookie – becoming the first undrafted rookie to win the award. He started eight games that season, but was injured in 2009 and 2010. He then attended Lions’ training camp in 2011 before heading to the AFL.
During his college days, Leggett played in 45 games at Valdosta, starting 28, and helped guide the school to a pair of Division II National Championships.
Gatling (6-4, 249, Ohio) played college football at Ohio, where he was a team captain in 2010. He spent four seasons at Ohio before being signed by the New York Jets in 2011. Said Gatling via his Twitter account:
Today marks the start of my new chapter to become great at what I do. Perfect my craft— Stafford Gatling (@s_DOT_g36) March 3, 2014
The Bombers also released Sims-Walker, the receiver who arrived in Winnipeg last season amid much fanfare because of his juicy NFL resume that included leading the Jacksonville Jaguars in receiving in 2009. He appeared in just two games, but did pull in eight passes for 137 yards against Toronto in a game last October.