Bombers ink star receiver Adarius Bowman

Adarius Bowman has signed a one-year contract for the 2018 season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Bowman was released by the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday as the team elected to cut him in loose instead of paying the $140,000 roster bonus that was due by the end of the day. Esks general manager Brock Sunderland admitted it was a “very unpopular” decision. The 32-year-old reportedly earned $260,000 last season and was scheduled to make $265,000 this year, including the bonus.

Bowman cracked the 1,000-yard plateau three times over his six CFL seasons with Edmonton but his production fell last year, registering 45 catches for 534 yards and five TDs over 12 regular-season games before adding five receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns in two playoff contests. The six-foot-three, 215-pounder set an Eskimos club-record with 120 catches for a league-high 1,759 yards and nine majors in 2016. He won a Grey Cup with Edmonton in 2015 and earned the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 2017.

“Adarius will certainly add another level of playmaking ability to our offence,” said general manager, Kyle Walters said in a statement. “He has grown tremendously both on and off the field over his years in the CFL, and we’re excited to re-unite him with Matt Nichols and watch him work with our receivers in 2018.”

Over 10 seasons, the three-time CFL all-star has 613 catches for 9,024 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns. After 23 receptions for 358 yards and three touchdowns in nine games in 2008, the Riders traded Bowman to Winnipeg. He spent two seasons there playing in 27 games making 105 grabs for 1,616 yards and nine touchdowns.