The purge continues again today with Kyle Walters releasing two more veterans. Both RB Paris Cotton and DE Greg Peach were released today, clearing up cap space for the Bombers’ seven free agent signings. And whether or not the team is interested in pursuing free agent MLB Henoc Muamba – which, I doubt – these salary cap cuts were going to happen, anyway.
It was obvious that their days in the Blue & Gold were numbered, as the signing of non-import Andrew Harris meant the team likely won’t carry an American running back unless, perhaps, they’re a dynamic returner. Cotton showed glimpses of greatness in his career in Winnipeg, ending the 2014 season on a tear and opening up the 2015 season in week one against Saskatchewan in equally spectacular fashion. His game against Saskatchewan, catching and running the football, was one of the most exciting performances I’ve ever seen from a Blue Bomber running back.
Cotton slowed down shortly after, and may have even lost his starting job to Cameron Marshall before breaking his arm, but it’s clear that the talent is there. Cotton could be very successful with another CFL team, but he didn’t fit into the Bombers’ plans this year simply because of his passport.
Peach, too, could find another home in the CFL, but he doesn’t have as much upside. The 29-year-old struggled in 2015 despite playing opposite Jamaal Westerman, recording just one sack in 11 games. On the other hand, he’s a high-motor guy with a big heart and lots of leadership, which any team can benefit from.
Best of luck to these two men in the future.