Bombers re-sign defender Maurice Leggett

The Bombers have re-signed defensive back Maurice Leggett for the 2018 season.

The 31-year-old had an excellent season in 2017, recording 50 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, three interceptions, one of which he took back for a touchdown, and a 97-yard punt return touchdown in 13 games. It was cut short when he suffered an Achilles injury on Oct. 14.

“Moe has shown the ability to change games defensively for us for a number of seasons now,” said general manager, Kyle Walters said in a statement. “His ability to make impact plays is evident every time he steps on the field, and his athleticism and versatility to play different spots on our defence is important for us. He is a key piece on our roster and we’re very pleased we were able to re-sign him today.”

In four seasons with Winnipeg, Leggett has recorded 220 defensive tackles,16 interceptions, 11 sacks, six forced fumbles, four defensive touchdowns and two special teams touchdowns in 63 career games. Leggett finished tied for the league lead in interceptions in 2016 with seven.

The average recovery time for a torn Achilles is between 11 and 12 months which would normally mean the 31-year-old missing a large part of the 2018 season. But less than five months after the injury, Leggett is dunking basketballs so he could be back quicker than anticipated.

Leggett originally signed with the Bombers in 2014 after three seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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