The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed American defensive back Mercy Maston.

“He’s got some experience. He’s gotta get in a little bit better shape,” Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said.

He was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles in May. Maston worked out for the Eagles in December and signed a futures contract with Philly in January.

Maston played two seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos, who released him to pursue the NFL opportunity, recording 57 tackles, eight special teamsĀ stopsĀ and two interceptions in 19 games. He recovered from a torn Achilles suffered during warm-ups prior to the Eskimos Labour Day rematch against Calgary on September 9, 2017, to get back on the field in 2018.

The 26-year-old originally signed with Edmonton when the practice rosters were expanded in 2016. Maston played in 25 games at Boise State University making 71 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Maston checked in at five-foot-10, 182 pounds while running a 4.46 40-yard dash, 4.26 short shuttle, recording a 36.5-inch vertical and nine-foot, 10-inch broad jump at the Broncos pro day in 2016.

Winnipeg needed a defensive back after Brandon Alexander suffered a practice injury and since he’s been placed on the six-game injured list. Through parts of three seasons with the Bombers, Alexander has played 35 games recording 112 tackles, 11 special teams stops, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown. He had become a reliable starter in the secondary.

Maston brings experience to the Manitoba capital as the Bombers try to fill the void left by Alexander.

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