The Bombers are trying to show Henoc Muamba times have changed in Winnipeg.
The free agent linebacker touched down on Sunday for a visit spanning three days.
Muamba was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011 by the blue and gold, but the team was 19-35 over his three seasons in the Manitoba capital, including a league-worst 3-15 mark in 2013. After that season Muamba left for the NFL.
Perception can often be reality and the Blue Bombers’ brass wants to explain that the state of the franchise has changed greatly since he last put on a Bombers jersey. Winnipeg has made the post-season two straight years with 11-7 and 12-6 records in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The Bombers have added some more high calibre talent in the off-season, Adarius Bowman, Nic Demski and Chandler Fenner to name a few.
According to Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press, the Bombers are giving Muamba the full Winnipeg treatment.
Bombers are taking him out on the city, including a dinner at Hy’s with general manger Kyle Walters and Darren Cameron, the Bombers senior director of public and player relations. He is also said to be meeting Tuesday with Walters, head coach Mike O’Shea and team president and CEO Wade Miller. Other plans include showing him around some of the improved facilities at Investors Group Field and re-acquainting him with other members of the Bombers support staff.
The Bombers want to make sure the steak washes away the sour taste Muamba may have had about the franchise from his first go round.