Bombers release receiver Kenny Lawyer, Global DE Thiadric Hansen to pursue NFL opportunities

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have had two more players opt out of their contracts in order to pursue NFL opportunities.

Receiver Kenny Lawler and Global defensive end Thiadric Hansen were both released on Wednesday per the agreement between the CFL and CFL Players’ Association.

Lawler was the leading receiver for the 2019 Grey Cup champs, making 63 catches for 637 yards and four touchdowns through 16 games. He originally signed with the Bombers in 2018 after an off-season stint with the B.C. Lions.

Following a productive three year career at the University of California, Lawler was a seventh round selection of the Seattle Seahawks in 2016 and spent the year on the practice roster. After a brief practice squad stint in 2017 as well, Lawler was waived by Seattle and now hopes professional game film will earn him a new opportunity.

Hansen was the crown jewel of Randy Ambrosie’s CFL 2.0 initiative. The 27-year old German was selected second overall in the 2019 CFL European Draft out of the Potsdam Royals. He converted from linebacker to defensive end and grew into a key rotational piece on a crowded defensive line by the end of the season. Hansen suited up in every Bombers game and recorded five tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles in limited playtime. He is best remembered for a thunderous highlight reel hit on special teams in the 2019 Grey Cup, which helped spark the Bombers to victory.

Hansen may not have overwhelming NFL interest, but he will be a sought after commodity in the European leagues that are currently playing. The Riders recently released German receiver Max Zimmerman to pursue just such an opportunity in the Finnish Maple League.

Both players were pending free agents and will be on the open market should they return to the CFL.

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