Adarius Bowman turned down more money from the Riders to sign with the Bombers, according to Winnipeg Free Press reporter Jeff Hamilton.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders — who, according to sources, offered the highest money-value contract at nearly $160,000.
Bowman began his CFL career with the Riders in 2008 but was traded to the Bombers after just nine games and signed with the Eskimos before the 2011 season.
Bowman became a free agent on Monday after Edmonton elected to cut him in loose instead of paying a $140,000 roster bonus. He earned $260,000 last season and was scheduled to make $265,000 in 2018, including the bonus.
According to sources, the Eskimos offered Bowman a deal close to $125,000 to remain in Edmonton.
He also made a strong impression on the Bombers brass late in the season by reeling in three catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns in a 39-32 win over Winnipeg in the West Division semi-final at Investors Group Field.