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December 5, 2019

Bombers release DL Jonathan Kongbo to pursue NFL opportunity

Shannon Vizniowski/CFL.ca

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo so that he can pursue NFL opportunities.

“When we selected Jonathan in last year’s CFL Draft, he chose to sign with our organization rather than wait a season to continue training,” Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said in a statement. “This agreement came with the understanding that if he received any NFL interest, we would work with him to help him pursue those interests.

“Jonathan is a great young man and deserves the opportunity to explore all avenues in his career. We wish him the best and certainly will welcome his return if nothing comes to fruition in this regard.”

Winnipeg selected Kongbo with the fifth overall pick in the 2019 CFL Draft. The 23-year-old featured in 12 games in 2019 with the Blue and Gold, making 12 tackles while adding a sack.