Bombers release former NFL receiver Travis Rudolph following murder charges

Photo courtesy: New York Giants

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released receiver Travis Rudolph following two murder charges.

According to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, shortly after midnight on Wednesday, April 7, deputies responded to a double shooting that stemmed from an altercation in Lake Park, Florida. Upon arrival deputies learned that one male was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and another male was located a short distance away deceased.

Further investigation led to the identity of the suspect, Rudolph. He was located, arrested, and transported to the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of first degree murder, and attempted first degree murder with no bond.

Photo courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office

Rudolph was a pure receiver who was highly productive while at Florida State University. During three seasons with the Seminoles, the West Palm Beach native caught 153 passes for 2,311 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best season at FSU came in 2015 when he hauled in 59 balls for 916 yards and seven touchdowns — leading the Noles in all three major receiving categories.

During the 2015 Peach Bowl, Rudolph went off for 201 yards on seven catches. That broke the school record for most receiving yards in a Bowl game. It had been held by Javon Walker who put up 195 yards in the 2002 Gator Bowl.

Rudolph went unselected in the 2017 NFL draft, but signed an undrafted free agent contract with the New York Giants. He made eight catches for 101 yards in his rookie season in the Big Apple.

Rudolph was released by the G-men following training camp in 2018. The Miami Dolphins added him to the practice roster in October, but during his first practice with the fish he tore his ACL. He was healthy and ready to resume his football career, signing with the Bombers in December 2019.