Blue Bombers release former NFL receiver Cam Meredith

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released former NFL receiver Cam Meredith.

He signed with the team in July and spent training camp with the blue and gold.

“He’s not ready to practice, so we need a spot on the practice roster, a guy that can run around out there and take some reps off other guys. That’s all it really was,” head coach Mike O’Shea said.

“Cameron Meredith is, we believe, a very good football player, it’s just unfortunate that we can utilize him right now, but we’ll see going forward. We’ll see how long it takes for him to rehab.”

“I don’t think it’s easy to let anybody go. This is a guy we like, a guy we believe is a good football player who has run into a little hard luck and needs some time. Live here or not live here, it’s not easy to tell a guy that he’s not going to be coming to meetings and showing up for team stuff.”

The six-foot-three, 210-pound target has 31 games of National Football League experience, making 86 receptions for 1,122 yards and five touchdowns.

Meredith began his college career with Illinois State in 2011 as a quarterback before switching to receiver in 2013. Over the next two seasons, he led the Redbirds in receiving and finished 2014 with 66 receptions for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games.

He was signed by the Bears as undrafted free agent in 2015 and finished his rookie campaign with eleven receptions for 120 yards in eleven games. He followed that with 66 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games in 2016.

Meredith suffered a torn ACL in Chicago’s third preseason game in 2017, costing him the entire season. He then signed with the New Orleans Saints but injuries limited him to just six games he was then released in July 2019. He was signed by the Patriots but was released in October of that year.

The 28-year-old has become a free agent.

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