The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had a busy Tuesday, locking up one star and signing another.
Fleet-footed defensive back Demond Washington, who was scheduled to become a free agent next month, has been re-signed. The club did not release any details of the contract.
They also brought back hulking centre Dominic Picard, who played in blue and gold from 2006-2008 and was most recently with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Special teams pro
Through three seasons with Winnipeg, Washington, 27, has played 50 games, starting 41 of them, and put up impressive numbers, including 179 defensive tackles, 10 special teams tackles, four sacks, three interceptions, and three fumble recoveries.
Two of those three fumble recoveries have been returned for touchdowns.
Washington also made major contributions on special teams since arriving in 2012, returning 78 kickoffs for 1,762 yards and one touchdown, while also bringing back 78 punts for 781 yards and three touchdowns, according to the Bombers.
“Demond is, in our opinion, one of the most athletic players in our league,” Bombers' general manager Kyle Walters said.
“His versatility to play different positions in the secondary, and add a dynamic element on special teams, makes him a great asset for us. We are very fortunate that Demond wanted to stay in Winnipeg and pleased we were able to get this done.”
'Hard nosed' Picard
A veteran of nine CFL seasons, Picard, 32, comes over from Saskatchewan where he spent the past three years, twice being named their most outstanding offensive lineman.
He was the leader of what was arguably the league’s best offensive line in 2014, starting 17 of 18 games (missing one due to injury), according to a news release from the Bombers.
He has played in 137 regular season CFL games, starting 129, and a total of nine playoff games. Picard has been part of two Grey Cup teams, winning once.
“This is a player with great experience in the CFL,” Walters said. “He is a tough, hard-nosed football player, and we are excited to bring him into the Bombers' organization.”
Prior to joining the Riders, Picard spent three seasons with Toronto, where he was named an East Division all star in 2011, as well as that club’s most outstanding offensive lineman.
Picard was originally drafted by Winnipeg in 2006.
The signing has been getting rave reviews on Twitter: