Receiver Adarius Bowman announces retirement

Former CFL receiver Adarius Bowman has announced his retirement.

The Bombers signed Bowman to a one-year contract for the 2018 season. He had nine catches for 95 yards in six games with Winnipeg last year prior to the Bombers trading the veteran pass catcher to Montreal where he finished his playing days.

Bowman was released by the Edmonton Eskimos as the team elected to cut him in loose in February 2018 instead of paying his $140,000 roster bonus. Esks general manager Brock Sunderland admitted it was a “very unpopular” decision. The 34-year-old reportedly earned $260,000 in 2017 and was scheduled to make $265,000 last year, including the bonus.

Bowman cracked the 1,000-yard plateau three times over his six CFL seasons with Edmonton. The six-foot-three, 215-pounder set an Eskimos club-record with 120 catches for a league-high 1,759 yards and nine majors in 2016. He won a Grey Cup with Edmonton in 2015 and earned the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 2017.

Over 11 seasons, the three-time CFL all-star has 652 catches for 9,491 receiving yards and 49 touchdowns. After 23 receptions for 358 yards and three touchdowns in nine games in 2008, the Saskatchewan Roughriders traded Bowman to Winnipeg where he spent two seasons playing in 27 games making 105 grabs for 1,616 yards and nine touchdowns. That came before Bowman emerged as a star with the Eskimos.

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