Esks secure All-Star duo; extend Bowman and Sewell

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimo announced Tuesday that pending free agents Adarius Bowman and Almondo Sewell have both signed contract extensions that will keep the all-star duo in Green and Gold through 2017.

Bowman recorded 1,304 receiving yards on a league-high 93 catches with a career-high seven touchdowns in 17 games (17 starts). He added five 100+ yard receiving games this season, including a 12-catch, 208-yard performance where he hauled in a touchdown pass in Week 18.

During the 103rd Grey Cup Playoffs, the Oklahoma State product recorded six catches for 74 yards and one touchdown in the West Final against Calgary. In the Grey Cup championship game, Bowman had four receptions for 73 yards, highlighted by a 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Bowman was named a CFL Player of the Week three times, as well as a CFL Player of the Month for October. He also earned his second consecutive CFL All-Star nod.

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Entering his 9th CFL season, Bowman has amassed career totals of 448 catches for 6,729 yards and 34 touchdowns.

He originally signed as a free agent on Jan. 19, 2011 and re-signed on Dec. 3, 2013.

Sewell recorded 35 defensive tackles, four quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and one knockdown in 18 games (18 starts). He started in the West Final against Calgary, recording three tackles and one forced fumble. In the Grey Cup championship game, he recorded three defensive tackles.

Earlier this month, he was named a West Division All Star and a CFL All-Star for the third consecutive season.

Entering his sixth CFL season, the native of Buff Bay, Jamaica, amassed 155 career defensive tackles and 27 quarterback sacks.

Sewell originally signed as a free agent on June 4, 2012 and re-signed Dec. 19, 2013.