Bombers sign former Riders Canadian RB Kienan LaFrance

Winnipeg has signed Canadian running back Kienan LaFrance to a one-year contract for the 2018 season.

Saskatchewan parted ways with LaFrance to avoid paying a $20,000 bonus due Feb. 1. He was formally released late on Jan. 31.

Bombers Canuck running back Andrew Harris had been recruiting LaFrance.

LaFrance signed a two-year contract with the Riders shortly after hitting the free agent market last February, a deal that paid him around $110,000 per and was set to expire at the end of the 2018 season. He cashed in off a strong post-season in 2016 when Ottawa won the Grey Cup and LaFrance amassed 199 rushing yards and one touchdown on 36 carries while adding six grabs for 31 yards during the Redblacks’ championship run.

The 26-year-old played in 13 games for the Riders carrying the ball 68 times for 273 yards and two touchdowns adding 14 catches for 123 yards and one major.

 He was originally drafted out of the University of Manitoba in the sixth-round, 45th overall in the 2015 CFL draft by the Ottawa. LaFrance played two seasons for the Redblacks rushing 43 times for 180 yards plus 14 receptions for 77 yards.

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7 Comments on Bombers sign former Riders Canadian RB Kienan LaFrance

  1. A good signing for the Blue. Harris isn’t young and puts a lot of mileage on himself over a season. Two good Canuck signings with Demski and LaFrance with both of them having local connections.

    • Paul Bomber // February 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm //

      Agreed – I’ve been whining ad nauseam about needing help on D, but I’ll give the Blue some credit on this one – smart signing to have a capable Canuck to back up a guy like Harris.
      Also… I guess if the Riders released him to avoid the bonus, i.e. not under contract, those wailing about “tampering” can hold their tongue. (ok… can we sign a MLB now?)

    • He was released by the Riders because he was a big disappointment. His worth went up after one good playoff and Grey Cup game with Ottawa. Ottawa was willing to let him go.
      He is a good backup player nothing more.

  2. good character guy, too

  3. Looks good to me and no reason can’t have Harris, Flanders and LaFrance on the field at same time. With a 2 back set and one as a slot or wing back. With all the motion options could be deadly.

  4. This makes all the sense in the world. Now you rotate not just Canadians at RB. But Home grown Winnipeg boys. They don’t have to mess with the ratio when either RBs come out.
    This home boy and Nic Demsky are good pulls from SK. No different than when SK pulled from Winnipeg O-lineman Brendon LaBatte back to his home in SK

  5. Tom calder // February 13, 2018 at 6:59 pm //

    Winnipeg collecting good players this off season. They could be on the cusp of being an elite team in 2018. How far they have come from 2-3 years ago

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