The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have landed one of this year’s most coveted CFL free agents.
Multiple sources reported earlier today that former BC Lions receiver Nick Moore — who had a breakthrough season with the Lions in 2013, catching 73 passes for 1,105 yards and 6 TDs — agreed to terms with the Bombers.
The Bombers confirmed Moore’s signing late this afternoon.
Moore was believed to have received multiple offers from CFL teams since free agency opened at 11 a.m. this morning -- including one from his former employers, the Lions, who confirmed earlier today they submitted an offer to Moore in hopes of keeping him in the fold.
Moore is an Ohio native who played three seasons with the Lions, but it wasn’t until last year that he really broke out. His career numbers are 110 catches for 1,554 yards and 9 TDs.
Meanwhile earlier today, the Bombers announced they had signed wide receiver Rory Kohlert.
Kohlert played for the Bombers the last two seasons and was expected to be part of the team’s plans to field more Canadian receivers in 2014, but he got claimed by the Ottawa RedBlacks in the expansion draft in December.
Kohlert never did sign with Ottawa, however, and simply re-signed with Winnipeg today when he became a free agent at 11 a.m. CT. He had 45 catches in 2013 for 493 yards and 3 TDs.
"I’m relieved and excited to be back," Kohlert said in a phone interview. "I think it’s a good fit for me in Winnipeg. I think it’s a good opportunity for me to play and do well."
Also today, TSN reported the Bombers have signed former Saskatchewan Roughriders special teams player Graig Newman. The Bombers have yet to confirm the signing but Newman has already tweeted to Bombers punter Mike Renaud, jokingly asking him to part with his number.
Newman comes to the Bombers as a free agent from the Roughriders, where he had 6 defensive tackles, a sack and 12 special teams tackles in 2013. Newman has also played safety.