Bombers ink deals with Cummings, Keeping

As reported by Sportnet’s Justin Dunk, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have come to terms with international Defensive Tackle Euclid Cummings on a one-year deal.

The 24-year-old had a great first season with Toronto, amassing eight sacks from his 3-tech position. Cummings, six-foot-four, 281-lbs, has untapped potential and was already one of the best three-techs in the league last season.

This signing essentially spells the end of the tenure of Bryant Turner Jr. in the Blue & Gold. Turner Jr. served the Bombers for five seasons (2011-2015) and is a two-time division All-Star.

The Bombers weren’t done converting players from Double Blue to Blue & Gold, as earlier, they announced the signing of 10-year veteran Jeff Keeping.

Keeping brings some much-needed interior offensive line depth as well as mentor-ship for Winnipeg’s 2014 and 2015 first-round draft picks, Mathias Goossen and Sukh Chungh. The 33-year-old will likely serve as the club’s sixth offensive lineman, unless Winnipeg’s 2016 second-round draft pick – one of them will be an centre or guard – can take it on. Not likely; great signing.

That’s seven total free agents for Kyle Walters on day one free agency.

In other news, Nic Moore signed a one-year pact to return to British Colombia. The excellent route-runner completes what’s looking like a very scary receiving corps out in Vancouver. Manny Arceneaux, Andrew Hawkins, Moore, Austin Collie and Shawn Gore – not a group secondaries will want to see on a consistent basis.

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Richard Lautens: Toronto Star

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