The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed a one-year contract extension with American defensive back Nick Taylor for the 2022 season.
He was scheduled to become a free agent on February 8. The five-foot-nine, 188-pound cover man returns to the Bombers for a third season and his seventh in the Canadian Football League.
Dressing and starting 12 regular season games in 2021 as well as the West Final and 108th Grey Cup, Taylor was a part of the team’s dominant defence. He finished the season with 31 tackles, four pass knockdowns and one tackle for a loss. In two playoff games, the 33-year-old made six tackles and one critical pass knockdown near the end of the West Final that helped secure a spot in the Grey Cup.
Taylor originally joined the Bombers in August 2019, following his release from Edmonton. He has appeared in 51 games over a CFL career that began in 2016, 16 with Winnipeg, 18 with Edmonton and 17 with Ottawa.
Taylor did not play NCAA football as he was instead the starting point guard for Florida International University’s basketball team. He had played in high school and picked up the game again by playing in the Stars Football League and then standing out at FIU’s pro day.
The Hollywood, FL native was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted NFL free agent and spent time with the Orlando Predators in 2015 before signing with the Redblacks.