Local matters: Winnipeg native Geoff Gray re-signs with Blue Bombers

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with Canadian offensive lineman Geoff Gray.

The six-foot-six, 307-pound blocker was a first-round selection of the Blue Bombers in the 2017 CFL Draft, eighth overall, and signed his first professional contract with the Green Bay Packers that year.

He spent 2017 with the Packers, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns before being released in late August 2018. He joined his hometown Blue Bombers in October 2018 and suited up for one game that season.

Gray dressed for 13 games in 2019, including 12 starts at guard. The club’s depth along the offensive line meant he only dressed for five games in 2021.

In his days with the University of Manitoba Bisons, Gray was named the Canada West Outstanding Down Lineman of the Year in 2017, a Canadian University First-Team All-Star, and a Canada West All-Star.

Winnipeg has re-signed right tackle Jermarcus Hardrick and right guard Patrick Neufeld, though three incumbent starters from 2021 — left tackle Stanley Bryant, left guard Drew Desjarlais, and centre Michael Couture — remain pending free agents.