Maurice Leggett of Winnipeg Bombers cut loose

The last game was a big failure for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, unfortunately, Calgary team was better and finished the game on top. The Calgary Stampeders will play in the Grey Cup game a third straight year after downing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22-14 in Sunday’s CFL West Division final. Eric Rogers led the Stampeders with three touchdown catches, including a 10-yard leaping grab late in the fourth quarter.

Less than 24 hours after suffering a season-ending 22-14 loss to the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Division Final, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gathered at Investors Group Field on Monday for what is known as “garbage bag day” to clean out their lockers and answer questions about not fulfilling their goal of winning a Grey Cup, as well as what’s next.

On Wednesday, November 21st, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Wednesday they’ve released defensive back Maurice Leggett. Injuries limited Leggett to only nine games in the 2018 season.  He had one sack and 33 defensive tackles in limited duty. Leggett came back from a career-threatening injury after tearing his achilles tendon late in the 2017 season. Leggett had been with the team since the 2014 season.

Leggett appeared in 72 games over five seasons. He was twice named the team’s most outstanding defensive player. (2014, 2016). He was also a West Division all-star in the 2016 season.

Leggett would have become a free agent in February and by releasing him now the Bombers give him a better opportunity to latch on with another team.

“I would like to thank Moe for everything he has done for our football team, both on and off the field,” General Manager Kyle Walters said. “Over the course of his stay here, Moe made Winnipeg his home and endeared himself to the community. With the decision of moving on as an organization made, we felt releasing Moe now would give him more opportunity to explore other options.”

Leggett was just the second Blue Bombers’ player to ever record three return touchdowns in a single season.

Head coach Mike O’Shea is confident his team is on the right track.

“I think we’ve given the fans over the last few years something they can be proud of on the field, and given them some excitement,” O’Shea said. “I know for a lot of fans, that isn’t enough.”

106th  GREY CUP will begin next week. The next game is scheduled for Monday, November 26th, Calgary Stampeders vs Ottawa Redblacks, the game starts at 1:00 AM EET. 

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