Blue Bombers ink veteran long snapper Chad Rempel and receiver Mike Willie

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced on Saturday the additions of veteran long snapper Chad Rempel and receiver Mike Willie.

Rempel, six-foot-three 225 pounds, has played 125 career CFL games — nine of which came with the Blue Bombers in his rookie season of 2005. 

The Sherwood Park, Alta. native moved on to play seven seasons for Toronto and one for Hamilton, before spending the 2013 season with the Chicago Bears. He returned to the CFL for the last half of the 2014 season with Saskatchewan.

Willie, six-foot-two 220 pounds, played two years at Arizona State and caught 72 passes for 897 yards and nine touchdowns. He went undrafted in 2012 and was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers. The Compton, Calif. native had a minicamp tryout with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, before signing in Winnipeg.

No contract details were disclosed.

The Blue Bombers also released five players on Saturday, including defensive backs Ryan Steed and Gabe Lynn, defensive lineman Kheeston Randall, receiver David Gettis and offensive lineman David Mims.

The Canadian Press

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