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Former Lion linebacker headed to Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a big splash today in the CFL free agent market with the signing of linebacker Barrin Simpson.
As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Simpson was the most sought after player in this yearâ€™s CFL free agent pool. Six of nine CFL clubs were said to be interested in acquiring his services.
â€œWe said we were going to be aggressive in improving this football club and the signing of Barrin Simpson is proof of that,â€? said Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman.
â€œItâ€™s no secret that we needed to improve our defence. The addition of Barrin addresses that issue and we expect he will have an immediate impact on this football team, both on the field and in the dressing room.â€?
Simpson said he is ecstatic to be joining the Blue Bombers after several visits to Canad Inns Stadium as a member of the opposition.
â€?I remember coming to Winnipeg to play in 2001 and 2002 and how tough it was coming in here to play,â€? he said. â€œFans loved their team. It was something else.
â€œWhen it came time for me to choose a team, it really came down to my desire to be in a football city. Everybody loves football here. That was one of the greatest reasons I wanted to be here.â€?