February 16, 2009

Bombers acquire former Grey Cup MVP

CFL.ca Staff

WINNIPEG — The Blue Bombers have acquired defensive back James Johnson from the Saskatchewan Roughriders today. Winnipeg sends a conditional pick in the 2011 CFL Draft to Saskatchewan in exchange for Johnson.

Johnson has spent the last three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“We thank James for the contributions he has made to the team over the course of his career here,” said Saskatchewan head coach Ken Miller. “James is a fine man and we wish him all the best in his future with Winnipeg.”

Johnson was a West division all-star in 2007 with the Roughriders when he recorded 49 defensive tackles, 12 pass knockdowns, and five interceptions. He continued his stellar regular season play throughout the playoffs and into the Grey Cup. He was a main component of Saskatchewan’s victory over Winnipeg, recording three interceptions and MVP honours in the championship game.

Last season, Johnson played in 17 games, recording 39 total tackles and 3 interceptions.

“He’s a proven starter in this league. We think with his experience and type of player he is, that he fits the mold that we’re looking for,” said head coach Mike Kelly. “We’re excited that he decided to join the right side of the Banjo Bowl.”