Winnipeg Blue Bombers Recapture Alden Darby in Trade – Winnipeg Pipa News

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Recapture Alden Darby in Trade – Winnipeg

The best got even better on Tuesday.

The leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a trade on the eve of the CFL trade deadline to bring back a player who helped them win the 2021 Gray Cup.

The Bombers completed a two-player trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for defending defender Alden Darby Jr. reacquire, which the team had left free in the off-season off-season. The Bombers gave up the defensive end Cedric Wilcots II as part of the exchange.

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It’s the second time the Bombers have picked up Darby through a trade. The club originally acquired him from the Toronto Argonauts during a training camp in 2021 following an injury to Mercy Maston.

“A man we know, who knows what we’re doing, who we won with,” said head coach Mike O’Shea. “That kind of veteran presence, a good communicator, a good football player, very, very versatile.

“Definitely helping us with our draft right now. We have to make sure we resupply it.”

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Darby, 30, had one sack and one interception with 23 tackles in 10 games with the Tabbies. And his presence is needed for a defense full of injuries.

“Love Darby, man,” quarterback Zach Collaros said. “Very smart. I’ve been playing against him for a long time, whether he’s playing free safety, he’s lined up all over the field.

“Last year he was the SAM linebacker for us. Just a very smart guy, a great communicator. I think it will be great to have some young guys on the field. And a great teammate that we all love.”

It’s not clear where he will line up, though, with Donald Rutledge Jr. now on the starting spot at dimeback.

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O’Shea also revealed on Tuesday that defending defender Nick Taylor will likely miss the rest of the season with an Achilles tendon injury.

Wilcots just made his third career start in last week’s win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. With his departure and Jackson Jeffcoat suffering a hip injury, newcomer Keion Adams is likely to start this week defensively.

The 13-2 Bombers will host the 4-11 Edmonton Elks at IG Field on Saturday.

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