Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign former NFL pass rusher Chauncey Rivers

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed American defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers.

The six-foot-two, 259-pound edge rusher signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He spent most of his rookie season on the practice roster but dressed for one regular season game, recording no statistics.

The native of Stone Mountain, Ga. was claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers in 2021 and dressed for four regular season games with the team, making two tackles. He was then placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL.

The 26-year-old most recently played with the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL in 2023 and made 16 tackles, five tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. He has since been a member of the Birmingham Stallions and D.C. Defenders.

Rivers started his collegiate career at the University of Georgia in 2015 but was dismissed from the team after being arrested on cannabis-related charges.

He transferred to East Mississippi Community College where he took part in Netflix’s Last Chance U before finishing at Mississippi State University, where he made 67 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, three pass knockdowns, and one forced fumble in 25 games to be named second-team All-SEC in 2019.

The Blue Bombers will open the 2024 regular season by hosting the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes at Princess Auto Stadium on Thursday, June 6.