The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will keep their longest-serving player at home, returning veteran Canadian defensive tackle Jake Thomas for his 12th season with the team.
The 34-year-old was set to become a free agency on February 13, but has instead signed a one-year contract extension with the only CFL team he’s ever known. The six-foot-two, 274-pound stalwart appeared in all 18 games for the team in 2023, totaling 17 defensive tackles and a career-high five sacks.
Thomas, who was originally taken by Winnipeg in the fourth round of the 2012 CFL Draft out of Acadia, has since featured in 186 regular season games for the club, as well as four Grey Cups. Over that time, he has 165 defensive tackles, 31 sacks, and one interception.
Winnipeg’s 2024 season will begin on Thursday, June 6, when they host the Montreal Alouettes.