From the Sun:
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers continued the transition from one regime to the next on Thursday by releasing outside linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz.
Shabazz wasn’t surprised by the move, considering he had not heard from Paul LaPolice until the new Bomber head coach called him on Thursday to give him the news.
“I already kind of figured something might happen, being that I was a leader on that team and I hadn’t heard from them,? Shabazz said Thursday from Las Cruces, N.M. “Normally I’d get a call from the head man.?
Even though the 29-year-old had an inkling he was going to get cut, he was still somewhat surprised LaPolice made the move.
“Obviously he doesn’t know who Siddeeq Shabazz is,? the hard-hitting linebacker said.
The Bombers acquired Shabazz from the Edmonton Eskimos last February for defensive end Kai Ellis. Shabazz sprained his ankle before training camp and then suffered a foot injury in Week 5 that he said hobbled him for the rest of the season.
Shabazz figures he was playing at about 70% after injuring his foot, noting he accumulated most of his statistics in the first few weeks of the campaign. That included four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He notched 72 tackles and 14 special teams drops.
Shabazz figures he won’t be out of work long.
“I figure it would be crazy if I didn’t get picked up,? he said.