To the surprise of no one, the Blue Bombers have begun the process of improving their cap space through releasing veteran players deemed expendable. Zach Anderson, the first of many salary cap casualties, was officially released today.
Anderson, 26, played three years with the Bombers and was one of the teams best defensive players in early 2014, earning himself a well-deserved two-year contract extension. However, the Northern Michigan graduate tore his ACL during his breakout season and was never fully healthy in 2015.
The Bombers recently signed 24-year-old Euclid Cummings from Toronto in free agency to take over the 3-tech position from Anderson, which is a great signing, but I would have preferred to see Anderson at least be given a shot to make the team in training camp while fully healthy. Defensive Tackle has been one of the most underachieving positions on the Bombers during Mike O’Shea’s tenure, and it would have been nice to have a solid rotation there with Keith Shologan and Jake Thomas at nose with Cummings and Anderson at the 3-tech.
The odd man out of that Defensive Tackle group is Bryant Turner Jr., who’ll likely be the next veteran given the pink slip. The days of Clarence Denmark, who’d I like to see the team keep, and Greg Peach in the Blue & Gold could be numbered.