Flower power: Blue Bombers sign Winston Rose to one-year contract extension

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed defensive back Winston Rose to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

The six-foot, 174-pound cover man started 17 regular season games this past season as well as the West Final and Grey Cup. He made 66 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and seven pass knockdowns. Rose also added 13 tackles and an interception in the postseason.

The native of Inglewood, Calif. joined the Blue Bombers as a free agent in February 2019 following stints with the Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Redblacks, and B.C. Lions. He made a league-leading nine interceptions that year and was named a CFL all-star.

Rose spent the following year with the Cincinnati Bengals, primarily on their practice roster. He returned to Winnipeg in October 2021 and made five tackles over three late regular season games. He started in the postseason, making seven tackles and tipping the pass that resulted in a game-sealing interception in the Grey Cup.

The 29-year-old has played 60 career CFL games, recording 182 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, 17 interceptions, and one forced fumble.