The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed Canadian running back Johnny Augustine to a two-year contract extension through the 2023 season.
He was scheduled to become a free agent on Tuesday, February 8.
The five-foot-nine, 199-pound physical specimen suited up in 14 games during the shortened regular season schedule in 2021, rushing 40 times for 285 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. He had single-game career highs of 23 carries for 148 yards against Calgary in Week 16.
Augustine played in 16 regular season games for the Bombers in 2019, rushing 38 times for 242 yards while adding six receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown. He had 35 touches for 253 yards with one touchdown in two starts during the Labour Day Classic and Banjo Bowl that year.
Augustine earned a roster spot with Winnipeg after an impressive training camp in 2018 that included rushing eight times for 81 yards and one touchdown in a pre-season win over Edmonton. He dressed for nine regular season games, rushing seven times for 51 yards and one touchdown — all of those touches coming in the Bombers regular season finale.
Augustine played five seasons with the University of Guelph, rushing for 2,742 yards and 28 touchdowns on 483 rushes. In his senior year as a Gryphon, Augustine rushed for 690 yards and nine touchdowns on 122 carries.
The 28-year-old Augustine has helped the Blue Bombers win two Grey Cups since going unselected in the 2017 CFL Draft. He was signed and released by Edmonton and Saskatchewan prior to joining Winnipeg.