Blue Bombers release veteran receiver Naaman Roosevelt

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released veteran receiver Naaman Roosevelt.

He signed with the team in August but did not play in a game for the blue and gold this season.

Roosevelt has played 67 CFL games — all with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 33-year-old has made 301 receptions for 4,134 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career. He is a two-time 1,000-yard receiver, grabbing 76 passes for 1,095 yards in 11 games in 2016 while recording 75 receptions for 1,035 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games in 2017.

He had 77 receptions for 946 yards and one touchdown in 18 games with the Riders in 2019. Roosevelt was Saskatchewan’s Most Outstanding Player in 2016 and was named a West Division all-star in 2017.

The University of Buffalo graduate made 268 catches for 3,551 yards and 28 touchdowns through four years and 49 games with the Bulls. Roosevelt’s best season in Western New York came during his junior year in 2008 when he hauled in 104 passes for 1,402 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Former CFL quarterback Drew Willy was Roosevelt’s quarterback that season as the two helped Buffalo win a Mid-American Conference Championship. Roosevelt was a first-team All-MAC selection at receiver.

After going unselected in the 2010 NFL draft, Roosevelt signed an undrafted free agent contract with his hometown Bills. He spent two seasons in Buffalo playing 16 games making 25 receptions for 396 yards and one touchdown. Following stints with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and second time with the Bills, Roosevelt made his way north of the border for the 2015 season.