Lucky Whitehead opens Bombers, Argos game with kickoff return TD

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were looking to move to 4-0 for the first time in 16 years hosting the win-less Toronto Argonauts at IG Field Friday night and Lucky Whitehead wasted absolutely no time putting his team in front, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

Whitehead has been found money for the Bombers during their perfect start to the season, as the former Dallas Cowboy has been a dangerous threat as a return man, and also has 15 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver through four games.

Whitehead earned more than $1 million in the NFL, yet came to Winnipeg as a bargain. The Bombers inked the five-foot-nine, 180-pounder for one year plus an option. His 2019 pay has $60,000 in base salary, $3,000 housing and $200 per game if he plays 51 per cent or more of the offensive snaps along with other all-star incentives. In 2020, the pay bumps to $65,000 with everything else staying the same.

That’s a value deal for Winnipeg and Whitehead has taken advantage of the opportunity early in the season with the Bombers.