WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have locked up one of their best players through the end of the 2016 season.
All-star defensive tackle Bryant Turner signed a three-year contract extension, the club announced Thursday morning. The Bombers also released placekicker Sandro DeAngelis, who replaced Justin Palardy midway through the 2013 campaign but didn’t provide any improvement at the position.
Turner was a CFL all-star in 2012 and an East Division all-star in 2013 after registering seven sacks, 14 tackles, and two fumble recoveries.
“I want to thank the (Bombers) for continuing to allow me to be a part of a great organization,” Turner wrote on Twitter this morning. “Looking forward to getting back to work.”
Turner wasn’t going to be a free agent in 2014, but getting him to sign an extension now will give the Bombers a little more breathing room next season when it comes to signing free agents. Winnipeg was about $200,000 under the salary cap this year, so it likely gave Turner a big signing bonus so that only his salary will count towards the 2014 cap.
“Bryant has proven to be among the elite defensive linemen in our league, but it is as much his on-field play as his off-field characteristics that make him such a valuable asset to our organization,” GM Kyle Walters said in a press release.