Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Bombers to Try and Bring Linebacker Henoc Muamba Back to Their Team

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Bombers to Try and Bring Linebacker Henoc Muamba Back to Their Team

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Blue Bombers show interest in Muamba

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WINNIPEG - Kyle Walters is going to take a shot at bringing Henoc Muamba back to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The general manager met with the media Thursday to talk about the team's moves since CFL free agency began on Tuesday, but questions quickly turned to Muamba's release by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Wednesday.

Walters said he's let the agent of the veteran Canadian linebacker know Winnipeg is interested.

"He's a Canadian starter, a quality Canadian starter, which in our league is at a premium," Walters said.

"Everybody right now will kind of take a look at their roster and their ratio and say, 'Can we or can we not fit Henoc in? What's the price point? How does it fit with the ratio?' "

Muamba, 28, has been in and out of the league since Winnipeg drafted him first overall in 2011.

He played three seasons with the Bombers before the pending free agent was released early in 2014 to pursue the NFL. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts, but got let go and joined the Montreal Alouettes in September 2015.

After playing the remainder of that season with the Als, he was released to try the NFL again in 2016. He signed with Dallas, but was cut and joined Saskatchewan in the fall. He played five games that season and 17 last year, recording 82 tackles, 11 special teams tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

While the six-foot, 230-pound middle linebacker is now a coveted free agent, the cost for his services is expected to be high.

The Riders released him before he was reportedly due a $35,000 bonus on Feb. 15. His price tag could be around $200,000 per season.

Walters said offers aren't even being taken yet by Muamba and his agent.

"They're not even thinking about that," he said. "Other than just saying that Henoc's been released, they're just going to take a deep breath and figure out what their next move is. …

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