Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign Patrick Neufeld for the 2020 CFL season

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are now two-for-two to begin the week in terms of reducing their considerable list of pending free agents.

A day after signing linebacker Mercy Maston to a one-year contract extension on Monday, the Blue Bombers have inked starting right offensive guard Pat Neufeld for the coming season.

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Neufeld will be entering his seventh full season with the Blue Bombers after being acquired in an October, 2013 trade with Saskatchewan. The 6-6, 313 pound native of Regina missed the first 15 games of the season, but returned in time for the 35-24 win over Montreal.

The Blue Bombers went 5-1 with Neufeld in the lineup, including the three playoff victories over Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Hamilton. “After the year we had, it was a no-brainer wanting to come back,” Neufeld told Global News Radio 680 CJOB. “It’s just been such a tremendous place to play under the leadership of Wade Miller and Kyle Walters, and obviously Head Coach Mike O’Shea.”

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Neufeld says he’s comfortable with a one-year deal, and considered it a bonus to get something done as early as he has for next season — especially if it helps the Blue Bombers take their time in negotiations, because there are 22 players from the championship roster still listed as pending.

“When you get a team that wins a Grey Cup, you want to try and keep that group together. I think after the team has gone through things we’ve gone through in the past — and we finally get to the pinnacle and win it — guys see all the hard work and what it takes to get there. I think it’s going to be an easier sell to keep guys around.”

List of Winnipeg Blue Bomber pending free agents:

Darvin Adams – WR
Johnny Augustine – RB
Stanley Bryant – OL
Zach Collaros – QB
Michael Couture – OL
Chandler Fenner – DB
Jermarcus Hardrick – OL
Jeff Hecht – DB
Willie Jefferson – DE
Derek Jones – DB
Korey Jones – LB
Thomas Miles – LB
Charles Nelson – WR
Drake Nevis – DT
Matt Nichols – QB
Craig Roh – DE
Winston Rose – DB
Marcus Sayles – DB
Chris Streveler – QB
Nick Taylor – DB
Jake Thomas – DT
Drew Wolitarsky – WR

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