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Coombs on Blue Bombers radar? Former Bisons receiver could make a homecoming

When news came down that the Toronto Argonauts had released Anthony Coombs over the weekend, it was natural to wonder if his hometown team might pursue the Winnipegger.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters didn’t dismiss the possibility when asked about it during a meeting with reporters on Monday afternoon, though he didn’t exactly tip his hand either.

“That’s a name on the list, with a lot of other guys,” said Walters, noting he remains in conversation with Danny McManus, Ted Goveia and Ryan Ringmaiden about the cuts from across the CFL. “Coaches are busy focusing on B.C., but you go through that status report and start figuring out who can fit in and where do they fit in.”

The Blue Bombers have three national receivers on the roster, including Winnipegger and former Bisons standout Nic Demski, Nathan Petermann and Drew Wolitarski.

But the Blue Bombers released Rashaun Simonise, who was chosen 12th overall in the 2018 CFL Draft, on Saturday, so that could open the door for another to be brought in at some point.

Coombs, 26, was limited to just two games in 2018 because of injury but has 170 receptions for 1,539 yards and four touchdowns in 53 CFL games during his five seasons.

Coombs also has 38 rushes for 138 yards and one touchdown and was used in the return game for the Argos as well.

As for Simonise, Walters said they offered him a spot on the practice roster.

“We drafted him, we liked him,” said Walters. “Huge athletic upside. Knew there was going to be some limitations or concerns about how he was going to fit in in regards to the offence and his role in it.

“I thought he made some improvements and had a solid camp, worked hard. But at the end of the day, he was fourth of the four Canadians.

“We asked him to stick around on the practice roster and he chose not to. It’s as simple as competition. He’s still got a big upside down the road. He’s got to find himself in the right system. Rashaun still has a bright future in our league and I wish him the best.”