Another key veteran has signed a contract extension with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers rather than try free agency – and there could be two more to come.
American offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick has re-upped for his seventh season with the Bombers.
The 6-foot-5, 319-pounder from Mississippi started 17 regular-season games at right tackle last year, plus the West Final and Grey Cup, as the Bombers rolled to a franchise record 15-3 season before losing to Toronto in the championship game.
The players union voted the 32-year-old Hardrick an all-star last season, as he helped his team rank first in touchdowns scored, second in points and second in preventing quarterback sacks.
He’s appeared in 115 CFL regular-season games, 95 with Winnipeg, where he was part of back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2019-21.
Previously with B.C. and Saskatchewan, Hardrick was an official CFL all-star for the first time in 2021.
He joins Stanley Bryant and Pat Neufeld as O-linemen to sign extensions since the season ended.
A key defensive lineman and star Canadian could be next.
Bombers GM Kyle Walters says he’s making progress on extensions with Jackson Jeffcoat and Winnipeg-born receiver Nic Demski.