January 29, 2015

Trade: Riders acquire SB Watson from Bombers


REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders acquired Canadian receiver Cory Watson from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday.

The Riders landed Watson and a 2015 third-round pick for Canadian receiver Kris Bastien, a 2015 second-round selection and the rights to a player on Winnipeg’s negotiation list.

The six-foot-three, 212-pound Watson spent five seasons with Winnipeg after being selected in the second round, ninth overall, in 2010 out of Concordia University. Last year, Watson, 30, a native of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., had 21 catches for 287 yards and three TDs in 12 regular-season games.

Watson has registered 178 career catches for 2,217 yards and six TDs in 67 regular-season contests.

The six-foot-three, 205-pound Bastien, a native of St. Lambert, Que., was a 2014 third-round pick by Saskatchewan, also out of Concordia, and spent last season on the Riders’ practice roster.

With the trade, Winnipeg also now has three selections in the first 15 picks of this year’s draft.

“We are always looking to continue to grow our Canadian talent base, and being able to move up 11 spots early on in the CFL draft was significant for us,” Winnipeg GM Kyle Walters said in a statement. “Not only were we able to add a high draft pick, but we are very excited about Kris and what he brings.”

“Kristopher is a big young man who we feel has great promise in our league.”