The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released five players who have opted out of their Canadian Football League contracts to pursue opportunities in the National Football League.
– David Kenney, defensive end, Illinois State
– Makinton Dorleant, defensive back, Northern Iowa
– Malcolm Lewis, wide receiver, Miami
– Deontez Alexander, wide receiver, Franklin
– Ranthony Texada, defensive back, Texas Christian
Texada’s decision to opt out was reported on Tuesday. He is the only player released with any CFL experience. None of those opting out have played in a regular season game in Canada.
Of the remaining players, Dorleant is the most notable and played four games for the Green Bay Packers in 2016 before off-season stints with the Chiefs, Ravens and Raiders. Lewis spent two years on the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins. While Alexander spent the 2018 and 2019 pre-season with the Detroit Lions. Kenney was released from Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp in 2019, but had not played organized football before that since 2015.
Players with varying degrees of NFL stints in the past are hoping it happens in the near future.