Canadian linebacker Henoc Muamba might not be destined for Winnipeg according to TSN reporter Darrin Bauming.
Henoc Muamba update; very unlikely at this point he will sign with the #Bombers. The club made a strong pitch to the Canadian linebacker, but a significant gap exists between the ask ($190-200k) and the offer. Winnipeg cap restraints, among other factors. pic.twitter.com/e1rzlqrlTT
— Darrin Bauming, TSN. (@DarrinBauming) March 16, 2018
Muamba was “favouring” signing with Winnipeg before his visit but that decision was not final. The Bombers wined and dined Muamba in late February. Muamba was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011 by the blue and gold. He made a career-high 92 tackles earning him CFL all-star status in 2013 before leaving for the NFL. But Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea said “it’s a little premature yet to pencil him in” after Muamba visited the Manitoba capital.
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.