And they’re off! CFL teams back in business, Monday

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The defending 2019 Grey Cup champion Blue Bombers have 32 players without contracts, including some key starters from their drought-busting championship run.

Heading the list is hometown running back and Grey Cup MVP Andrew Harris, the CFL rushing leader three years running.

No less than four of Harris’s blockers are also without deals: two-time Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award winner Stanley Bryant, Jermarcus Hardrick and Canadians Pat Neufeld and Cody Speller.

Other pending free agents on offence include Winnipeg-born slotback Nic Demski, receiver Rasheed Bailey and backup quarterback Sean McGuire.

On defence, among the players Winnipeg could lose are end Jackson Jeffcoat, one of the stars of the Grey Cup win over Hamilton, safety Brandon Alexander, emerging defensive back Nick Taylor, linebacker Kyrie Wilson and linemen Jake Thomas and Steve Richardson.

The Bombers are just as exposed on special teams, where kicker Justin Medlock, long snapper Chad Rempel as well as cover specialists Shayne Gauthier and Mike Miller are without contracts.

“A lot of work to do but we are looking forward to it,” Walters said.

Needless to say, the Bombers will look vastly different from the third-place team that upset defending champion Calgary and Saskatchewan, both on the road, to reach the 107th Grey Cup, where they beat the odds once again in rolling over 15-3 Hamilton, 33-12.

They’ve already lost multi-faceted quarterback Chris Streveler, 2019 CFL interceptions leader Winston Rose, defensive back Marcus Sayles and promising D-lineman Jonathan Kongbo to the NFL.

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