The Bombers retooling has been ongoing throughout this off-season as they made another significant move Friday. Fred Perry who all Bombers will remember from his performance of last years East Final is now a member of the Blue and Gold coming to Winnipeg in a trade for defensive back Kelly Malveaux.
The former Esks defensive end saw limited action last season due to injury but in his career he has 299 tackles and 57 sacks. If healthy he is a very effective pass rusher but has also good speed to break up plays and to close in on opposing quarterbacks. Malveaux on the other hand had a very productive year at defensive back making 63 tackles, 2 interceptions and a sack. Despite only suiting up in 7 games last season Coach Mike Kelly is confident Perry will fit right in with this team,
"Last season in Edmonton, I watched him put great effort into his play," said Blue Bombers' head coach Mike Kelly in a statement.
"Over the last three seasons Cam Wake, Gavin Walls, and Fred Perry have been at the top of the quarterback sacks category in the CFL. Wake is now playing in the NFL and the other two are playing in Blue and Gold."
He shouldn't have to adjust too much to the defensive scheme as Perry played under current Bombers defensive coordinator Rick Campbell's system last year with the Eskimos. So add another former Esks to the roster as these teams have essentially it seems swapped teams from last season which could make for some a very interesting rivalry this season.