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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are hosting the 2015 Grey Cup and GM Kyle Walters is apparently determined to spend whatever it takes to get the Bombers in the big game.
Walters has been extraordinarily busy on the first day of CFL free agency, agreeing to terms with a pair of import offensive linemen -- former Hamilton Tiger-Cats OT Marc Dile and highly coveted former Calgary Stampeders LT Stanley Bryant.
Walters has also agreed to terms with former Saskatchewan Roughriders non-import linebacker Sam Hurl and former Toronto Argonauts import wide receiver Darvin Adams and non-import defensive lineman Ivan Brown.
The signing of Bryant was the biggest splash of the day for Walters. Bryant -- a 6-5, 313-pound veteran left tackle -- was considered by some to be the most prized free agent in a thin crop today and is believed to have received multiple offers.
The Bombers went hard after Bryant after striking out earlier in the day in their aggressive bid to land former Toronto Argos import offensive lineman, SirVincent Rogers, who has reportedly signed with Ottawa.
Dile was with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-11 and has been with the Tiger-Cats the last three seasons.
Hurl, a native of Calgary, is heading into his fourth CFL season. He had 36 defensive tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and a sack for the Riders in 2014 and played both middle and weak-side linebacker for the Riders in 2014.
The Riders gave up a lot in order to move up in the 2012 CFL draft so that they could draft Hurl 12th overall, sending draft picks to the Calgary Stampeders that the Stamps ultimately used to draft another Canadian linebacker in Keenan MacDougall later that same draft and then defensive lineman Ben D’Aguilar in 2013.
Ironically, MacDougall is also on the receiving end of multiple contract offers today as CFL free agency gets underway and the Bombers are also reported to be in the bidding for him.
The Bombers also announced Tuesday afternoon that they have signed Adams, who had 18 catches for 237 yards and 1 TD. He played in 10 games for the Argos in 2014, starting in eight.
Adams missed 8 games with the Argos last season with a torn meniscus. He had surgery during the 2014 season and said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon that he has since healed and is "150 percent healthy" and doing two-a-day workouts this winter.
"This is the best off-season I’ve had and I don’t think I could be more prepared," Adams said.
Adams was a teammate of current Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton at Auburn. Adams set a single game record in the 2010 SEC championship game with 7 catches for 217 yards and 2 TDs. He also had four catches for 54 yards in the BCS championship game that same year.
Brown spent five seasons in the CFL and played 18 games for the Argos in 2014. His best season came in 2013, when he recorded 22 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles and one sack.