‘Big headache’: Bombers waiting for Kenny Lawler NFL contract decision

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are trying to be patient when it comes to CFL all-star receiver Kenny Lawler and his NFL contract possibilities.

The three-down league’s receiving yards leader in 2021 worked out for Atlanta on Tuesday, January 11.

“Kenny had a workout with the Falcons and I think they’re just trying to figure out what the plans are. I haven’t heard what their plans are one way or another,” general manager Kyle Walter said.

“It sounded like the workout went really well and now Atlanta is trying to figure out: do they want to offer him or not.”

The six-foot-three, 197-pound Lawler recorded 64 receptions for a CFL-leading 1,014 yards with six touchdowns in 13 regular season games last year while helping the Bombers win the 108th Grey Cup. He averaged 78 yards per game, 15.8 yards per catch and had a league-best 10 plays of 30 yards or more.

“That’s the big headache right now is waiting on Kenny. You’ve got that dollar value earmarked that you hope might get him done, depending if he signs or doesn’t sign,” Walters said.

The 27-year-old played 16 games in 2019 and led the blue and gold with 637 receiving yards on 41 receptions with four touchdowns. Those numbers helped him earn Winnipeg’s Most Outstanding Rookie honours. Lawler started three playoff games adding eight receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown as Winnipeg won the 107th Grey Cup.

The Bombers want to bring him back, but that can’t happen until he shifts focus to the CFL. Lawler earned a prorated $93,000 last season in Canada and he’s a pending free agent in with the market opening Tuesday, February 8.