Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign QB Billy Hall, four others

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the signing of American quarterback Billy Hall along with four other players.

The six-foot-three, 200-pound native of Oneida, Tenn. completed 55 percent of his passes for 4,132 yards, 45 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions over 29 career games at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga. He also rushed for 1,407 yards and 17 touchdowns along the ground.

Winnipeg’s other additions include American receivers Manasseh Bailey and Tre Turner, American defensive tackle O’Bryan Goodson, and Canadian defensive back Jordan Veltri.

Bailey signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after going unselected in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Morgan State. He had brief stints with the Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, and New York Jets before joining the Montreal Alouettes in 2021, though he never dressed for a regular season CFL game.

The six-foot-one, 195-pound target caught 115 passes for 2,031 yards and 20 touchdowns in 43 collegiate games with the Bears. He was named All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference third-team as a senior.

Turner played in 44 games with 36 starts over four seasons at Virginia Tech and recorded 134 receptions for 2,292 yards and 14 touchdowns along with 53 carries for 456 yards and four touchdowns.

The six-foot-two, 197-pound target received an invitation to the Senior Bowl after being named PFF College All-ACC second-team. He signed with the Las Vegas Raiders after going unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft but was released shortly thereafter.

Goodson dressed for 35 games at over four seasons at the University of Memphis with 33 starts. He made 99 total tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and one knockdown as a member of the Tigers.

The six-foot-one, 295-pound defensive tackle was named first-team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior.

Veltri recorded 66 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 10 knockdowns over 30 games at Wilfrid Laurier University. The six-foot, 200-pound defender went unselected in the 2022 CFL Draft and returned to the Golden Hawks for his final year of U Sports eligibilty, recording 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one knockdown en route to being named a second-team OUA all-star.