With big bonus due, all options on the table for Bowman and Eskimos

With Edmonton Eskimos receiver Adarius Bowman due a significant roster bonus by the end of day Monday, there are a number of scenarios in play according to sources around the CFL.

Bowman is due $140,000 on a 2018 contract that’s set to pay him $265,000 and while discussions are ongoing with Edmonton on a restructured deal, there are multiple teams interested in acquiring his services via trade. And he could be released outright and become a free agent.

Bowman lives in the city of Edmonton year-round and has become heavily involved in the community, including his autism awareness campaign Adarius4Austism.com. Given the circumstances – and the Esks lost leading receiver Brandon Zylstra to the NFL – it makes sense for both sides to find a way to keep him in green and gold.

The three-time CFL all-star receiver signed a two-year contract extension in January 2017 that made him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the league.

Bowman set a team record with 120 receptions for a league-leading 1,759 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017. The last season saw a drop in production from Bowman when he played in 12 games catching 45 balls for 534 yards and five touchdowns. A strong finish to the season and two touchdowns in Edmonton’s West semi-final win over Winnipeg showed the 32-year-old Bowman still has the ability to be an impact receiver. 

Prior to 2017, Bowman amassed three straight 1,300-plus-yard years. In his nine CFL seasons, one in Saskatchewan, two with Winnipeg and seven as an Eskimo, Bowman has career totals of 568 receptions for 8,490 yards and 43 touchdowns.