Five-time 1,000-yard receiver, Greg Ellingson signs with Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed receiver Greg Ellingson to a one-year contract for the 2022 season, per sources.

The 33-year-old has five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons on his resume and during the shortened 2021 season had 47 receptions for 687 yards and one touchdown in 10 games while earning $135,000 prorated.

He was named a West Division all-star in 2019 and earned $250,000 while making 86 catches for 1,170 yards and five touchdowns after spending the previous four seasons as a member of the Ottawa Redblacks. He produced over 1,000 yards in all four seasons in Ottawa with his best single-season totals of 96 receptions for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns in 18 games.

Ellingson has played 117 career CFL games, making 549 receptions for 7,952 yards with 42 touchdowns, averaging 14.5 yards per catch. He was named a CFL all-star in 2017 and earned East Division all-star status three straight years from 2016 to 2018 while helping the Redblacks win the 104th Grey Cup.

The six-foot-three, 197-pound target has played one season with Bombers franchise quarterback Zach Collaros. That came in 2014 when both men were teammates on a Tiger-Cats team that went to the Grey Cup.

Over four seasons at Florida International University, Ellingson tallied 131 receptions for 2,018 yards with 14 touchdowns, averaging 15.4 yards per catch. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars after going unselected in the 2011 NFL Draft. During two pre-season games, Ellingson made four catches for 41 yards, but he was released among final training camp cuts.

The following year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Ellingson and he made one grab for 12 yards in one pre-season game. The Buccaneers released him prior to the regular season. That led to Ellingson signing north of the border in 2013.

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