02/25/2014 12:23 EST | Updated 04/27/2014 05:59 EDT

Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign former Eskimos Canadian DB Donovan Alexander

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have added to their Canadian talent base with the signing Tuesday of Winnipeg-born defensive back Donovan Alexander.

Alexander was released last week by the Edmonton Eskimos, where he spent the past three seasons at safety.

He had 121 defensive tackles, five special teams tackles and seven interceptions in 51 regular-season and three playoff games.

Before that, he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who made back-to-back Grey Cup appearances in 2009 and 2010.

Alexander was originally drafted in the third round of the 2007 CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes.

He grew up in Winnipeg, playing his high school football at St. Pauls.

"Donovan is a veteran Canadian player who we feel can compete for a starting spot in our secondary," Bombers' general manager Kyle Walters said in a statement on the signing.

"We are very pleased to add not only a talented football player, but also someone who grew up in Winnipeg and understands the importance of Blue Bomber football in our community. It was a great fit for both parties."