January 18, 2019

Bombers release veteran LB Ian Wild

The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released veteran international linebacker Ian Wild, the team announced Friday.

The Bombers also announced they’ve signed international linebacker Jarnor Jones and international offensive lineman Chauncey Briggs.

Wild, who was due to become a free agent on Feb. 12, spent six seasons with Winnipeg, recording 245 tackles in 67 games since breaking into the league in 2013.

“This has been another difficult decision, as Ian has been an integral part of our organization for many years, dating back to 2013,” Bombers GM Kyle Walters said in a statement. “Through all those seasons, Ian was very productive for us and carried himself professionally, leading by his actions through both the good and the bad. We truly appreciate all he has given the organization.”

A native of Pittsburgh, Wild also racked up 60 special teams tackles, eight sacks, one interception and eight forced fumbles. He had 12 defensive tackles, 12 special teams tackles and a touchdown in 15 games in 2018.

Jones played two seasons with the Iowa State Cyclones, totaling 78 tackles, three sacks, and one interception in 24 games. In 2016 he shared the award for CMU’s Defensive Player of the Year. A year later Jones signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent before joining the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad.

Briggs played three seasons with the SMU Mustangs, starting in 31 games. In 2017, Briggs signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent. Briggs also spent time with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2018.