WINNIPEG - The longest serving member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced his retirement this morning.
Long snapper Chris Cvetkovic, who joined the Bombers in October 2003, made the announcement via his Twitter account.
“As of today I am no longer a @Wpg_BlueBombers but am now @Bomber Alumni,” Cvetkovic wrote. “THANK U to all the Fans, Teammates, and staff!”
Cvetkovic, 36, was scheduled to become a free agent tomorrow, but it was unlikely the Bombers were going to offer him a contract as he had been replaced as Winnipeg’s long snapper halfway through last season.
Cvetkovic was arguably the most reliable long snapper during his decade in the CFL and had 63 special teams tackles over nine seasons with the Bombers. He missed the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury in the pre-season.
The Hamilton, Ont., native was also one of the most community-minded players during his tenure with the Blue and Gold.
Cvetkovics retirement leaves the Bombers with 11 players eligible to become free agents tomorrow, including defensive backs Jovon Johnson and Brandon Stewart, and receiver Chris Matthews.