Show Time Sheed: Blue Bombers re-sign receiver Rasheed Bailey for 2022 season

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed American receiver Rasheed Bailey to a one-year contract extension for the 2022 season, per sources.

The 28-year-old made 52 receptions for 629 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games during the shortened 2021 regular season schedule while earning $69,000 prorated. He added six catches for 116 yards and one touchdown in two playoff games, the West Final at IG Field and 108th Grey Cup win against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton.

The six-foot-one, 208-pound target played five regular season games, starting four, in his rookie CFL year, grabbing 19 balls for 206 yards. The Philadelphia native added four receptions for 26 yards in three post-season wins and helped Winnipeg earn the CFL championship in 2019. Through two seasons with the Bombers, Bailey has an 11.8 yards per catch average.

He played four seasons in the NCAA for Delaware Valley University, finishing with 165 receptions for 3,138 receiving yards — averaging 19 yards per catch — and 29 touchdowns. As a senior in 2014, Bailey set single-season school records with 80 catches for 1,707 yards and 19 touchdowns in 11 games. He finished his career as the Aggies all-time leader in receiving yards and second in receiving touchdowns.

In 2015, Bailey signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted NFL free agent. He also spent time with the B.C. Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers. While moving around to various practice squads, Bailey earned $94,200 USD.

With his teammate Kenny Lawler, the reigning CFL’s receiving yards leader, receiving a $250,000 contract offer from the Lions, Bailey’s re-signing was critical for the blue and gold. It keeps a familiar target on offence for franchise quarterback Zach Collaros.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.