Bombers re-sign rising receiver Kenny Lawler

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed American receiver Kenny Lawler to a one-year contract extension for the 2021 season.

He was scheduled to become a free agent on Tuesday, February 9.

The six-foot-three, 195-pound Lawler returns to the Bombers for a second season after first being signed to the practice roster in October of 2018.

Lawler led the Bombers with 637 receiving yards on 41 receptions with four touchdowns in 2019. Those numbers helped him earn the Bombers Most Outstanding Rookie honours.

Lawler started 16 regular season games for the Bombers last season as well as three playoff games, in which he added eight receptions for 126 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown in the West Final victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Lawler first came to the Canadian Football League with the B.C. Lions in 2018, attending their training camp that season before being released. He was a seventh round, 243rd overall NFL Draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2016, and spent time on their practice squad that year and in 2017.

He played three years with the University of California Golden Bears, catching 143 passes for 1,706 yards and 27 touchdowns, mostly from 2016 No. 1 overall pick, Detroit Lions quarterback, Jared Goff, before entering the NFL draft after his junior season.