The Bombers are hosting Henoc Muamba for a couple of days as the team woos the free agent ratio-breaking Canadian linebacker.
Muamba flew to Winnipeg on Sunday after he visited the Alouettes in Montreal last week. The Bombers drafted the 28-year-old first overall in the 2011 CFL draft. He played three seasons for the blue and gold making 153 tackles, six forced fumbles, four sacks, one interception and one touchdown. The St. Francis Xavier product put up a career-high 92 tackles in 2013 and was named a CFL all-star that season. That campaign generated NFL interest and Muamba inked a deal with Indianapolis where he spent parts of two seasons with the Colts.
Sources say Muamba was “favouring” signing with Winnipeg recently, but his decision is not yet final.
After returning north of the border from the NFL in 2015, Muamba signed a lucrative two-year deal with Montreal where he played four games in 2016. Then-general manager Jim Popp shopped Muamba prior to a $55,000 bonus that was due on Feb. 16, 2016 before releasing him that winter. Saskatchewan, one of the teams that considered trading for Muamba, signed him six months later following a stint with the Dallas Cowboys. Following two seasons in Saskatchewan, the Riders put Muamba on the trade block in mid-February, but, when no deal was consummated, the 28-year-old became a free agent after the Riders released him before an off-season payment that was due on February 15.
Last season Muamba had his best year since the CFL all-star campaign he put together in 2013. He played in 17 games and recorded 82 tackles, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions to earn the Riders’ Most Outstanding Canadian award.