WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers got a head start on free agency Monday night, acquiring the rights to defensive back Chris Randle from the Stampeders, and then signing him to a contract extension.
The Bombers also acquired the 26th pick in the 2014 CFL Draft, in exchange for Winnipeg’s 24th overall selection in this year’s CFL Draft. As per team policy, details of the agreement are not disclosed.
“We are really excited to add Chris to our roster. This is a player who is very versatile, has been very impressive in his first two seasons in our league, and someone we had targeted extremely high on our free agent list,” said General Manager Kyle Walters.
“The trade was made to ensure we could get Chris under contract and we are very pleased to make that announcement this evening.”
Randle has spent the past two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, starting 16 games in 2013 and registering 34 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, four interceptions (tied for team lead), one sack and one forced fumble.
His first CFL season, Randle was Calgary’s nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award after finishing with 35 tackles, eight special teams tackles, two knockdowns and one interception in only 12 starts — missing three games due to injury.
“This is a great day for me as an athlete. To be going to a team that really wants me, and to an organization with great fans, a new stadium, and desire to win, I really couldn’t be more excited,” said Randle.