Bombers sign four, including former Bengals’ draft pick Jordan Brown

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have added four players to their roster, signing American defensive backs Jordan Brown and Abu Daramy-Swaray, American punter Devin Anctil, and Canadian offensive lineman Brandon Sanford.

Brown was selected with the 223rd overall pick in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He has spent the past four seasons bouncing around the NFL, spending time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Las Vegas Raiders, Washington Commanders, and New Orleans Saints without ever dressing for a game.

The six-foot, 197-pound cornerback played 51 games over four seasons at South Dakota State, amassing 148 tackles, eight interceptions, 35 pass breakups and four forced fumbles. He was twice named an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first-team all-star and served as the Jackrabbits’ team captain in 2018.

Daramy-Swaray recorded 155 tackles, 25 pass breakups, five interceptions and one sack in 44 games for Colgate University while contributing 1,642 all-purpose yards as a returner and part-time offensive gadget player. The five-foot-nine, 185-pound athlete signed with the Potsdam Royals of the German Football League after college and became the rare player to earn an NFL contract straight out of Europe, attending training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022. He most recently spent time with the XFL’s Arlington Renegades.

Anctil was a second-team All-Big 12 selection at punter during his senior season at Kansas State and holds school records for punting average in a season with 45.4 yards and career punting average of 44.8. He joined the Wildcats after transferring from Coffeyville Community College, where he earned first-team All-Region and All-Conference honours.

Sanford played five seasons along the offensive line at the University of British Columbia, mostly at centre. The six-foot-five, 300-pound blocker went unselected in the 2022 CFL Draft and returns to the Blue Bombers after attending training camp with the team last year.