Bombers drop Bowman

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers finally bid adieu to Adarius Bowman on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old wide receiver got his walking papers just three weeks after being removed from the 42-man roster for inconsistent play. The emergence of Greg Carr also played a part in the move.

The Bombers kept Bowman, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound Oklahoma State product, on their four-man reserve list for the last three games, meaning he received his full salary, but the demotion was getting to him.

"It was wearing on him that he wasn't playing anymore," head coach Paul LaPolice said. "You could tell that he wasn't focused as you need to be to still be on the reserve.

"I would've loved to have him on the reserve for the following four weeks. You don't know when you could use him. He's our next (short-side wide receiver)."

Bowman is free to sign with another CFL team, but he can't play for the rest of the season since he was released after last week's trade deadline. LaPolice said that didn't factor into the decision to cut him.

Bowman, acquired in an April 2009 trade with Saskatchewan for Dan Goodspeed, led the Bombers last season with 925 receiving yards, and he is still second on this year's team (and 18th in the CFL) with 691 yards.

The import simply had too many drops at critical moments.

"I guarantee you he'll probably be in a camp next year," LaPolice said. "If he could play at a consistently high level he wouldn't be at this level. He'd be playing in the NFL, because he's got all the tools for that."


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