WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed kicker Justin Palardy and offensive lineman Chris Greaves to contract extensions, the CFL club announced on Tuesday.
“One of our top priorities has been to ensure that we have a talented group of non-imports on our roster,” Blue Bombers general manager Joe Mack said in a press release. “Both Justin and Chris are talented Canadians who will be beneficial to our football team for many years.”
Palardy started last season as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats punter, but was released after playing five games and was signed by the Blue Bombers as a free agent in August.
The move turned out to be a great one as Palardy took over from Alexis Serna as the kicker and hit 26 of 30 to establish a franchise record for accuracy (86.7%).
“I’m thankful to this organization for giving me the opportunity that they did,” Palardy said in a press release. “I’m confident I’ll be able to pick up where I left off last year so that I can be a kicker that this team can rely on for many years.”
Greaves was a sixth round pick of the Blue Bombers in the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft and moved from defensive line to offensive line — playing in five games and making one start at left guard against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Labour Day.
“I’m very happy to be able to remain with the team that drafted me last year,” Greaves said in a press release. “It was a transition year going from defence to offence but I learned so much in the process and I’m hoping to take the next step and become a regular contributor on the offensive line.”