The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed national running back Andrew Harris to a reported three-year deal.
Harris (5’11, 202) joined the BC Lions’ active roster in 2010 after a tremendously successful run with the Canadian Junior Football League’s Vancouver Island Raiders. Harris went on to record 4,259 rushing yards and 2,639 receiving yards in 84 games with the Lions from 2011-2015.
Harris, a Winnipeg native, will immediately take over the club’s starting running back. This will mark the first time in eighteen years that the Bombers will start a national player at running back (Sean Millington, 1998) and should result in ratio changes elsewhere on the club’s roster. Winnipeg has not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Chad Simpson scampered for 1,039 yards in 2012.
Harris’ 33 — a number he wears to honour deceased friend and Vancouver Island teammate Aaron Niedergesaess — is currently assigned to Bomber kicker and late-2015 addition Sergio Castillo.