The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are pleased to announce that they have inked rookie defensive back Deon Beasley and rookie linebacker Marcellus Bowman to two-year contract extensions.
Beasley (5-10, 180, Texas, DOB: September 19, 1987 in Orange, Texas) signed with the Blue Bombers on July 12, 2010 and became a starter on the corner in August. So far this season, Beasley has racked up 22 tackles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions – including the double overtime game winner against the BC Lions which he returned for a touchdown.
Beasley is also the team’s primary kick returner and has returned 24 kickoffs for 511 yards for an impressive 21.3-yard average this season.
Bowman (6-3, 231, Boston College, DOB: October 12, 1986 in Girard, Ohio) has been a dominant force at the linebacker position since winning the job out of training camp. Despite missing four games due to injury early in the year, the 24-year old has made 45 tackles, two sacks, one interception and eight special teams tackles.
“We’re thrilled to lock down defensive players of Marcellus and Deon’s caliber. They have both come in and proven they can compete at a high level in this league and we’re excited for them to continue that for years to come,? said Vice-President and General Manager Joe Mack.
…building a strong foundation starts with this…good signings…
as an aside note…I would like to see us lock-up Hefney and Hunt…both have expressed interest in trying the nfl in Hefneys case for a second time…I’d hate to lose either one of these guys…LaBatte is also rumoured to be heading south for a look…I would like to see these guys re-up ,to keep important parts of this team intact…guess we’ll find out how good Mack is at negotiating :roll:
According to a poster at EP, Bob Irving reported that Hunt and Labatte were the only ones the Bombers needed to worry about trying the NFL but both Hunt and Labatte are uneasy about it because of the uncertainty regarding a possible NFL strike/lock-out.
I would not be surprised if there was at least a partial lockout of the next NFL season.. which certainly might be a good thing for us if it makes keeping Hunt and/or LaBatte easier. Would love to see Hefney locked up too.