Eskimos release receiver Adarius Bowman

The Edmonton Eskimos have released receiver Adarius Bowman.

Bowman was due a $140,000 roster bonus at the end of Monday on a 2018 contract that was set to pay him $265,000 this season. He now becomes a free agent.

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 2016. 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. 

The Eskimos also announced they’ve re-signed American receiver Vidal Hazelton.