Canadian football team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, have bolstered their front lines with North Carolina-born receiver, Justin Harper, and former Saints and Packers running-back, DeShawn Wynn.
The announcement, made yesterday, was lacking in the financial and contractual details of the two deals, but the presence of the players in the Riders’ ranks will be a boon for a team that lacked prowess going forward in 2011.
Harper, standing at 6ft 4in, and weighing 213 pounds, was picked in the seventh round of the NHL Draft in 2008 by the Baltimore Ravens. He would play just two games for the purple and white team, before being released in 2010.
The 27-year did not play for an NFL or CFL team in 2011, meaning that the only available statistics for Harper are from his days at Virginia Tech: 83 catches for 1,338 yards, and nine touchdowns in 51 appearances.
In comparison, Harper’s new team mate, DeShawn Wynn, will be a familiar figure to football fans. Wynn was a seventh-round draft in
2007, joining the Green Bay Packers, and remaining in Wisconsin for three seasons.
He enjoyed limited success in the NFL after hanging up his Packers jersey in 2010, alternating between spells at the Saints and the
Wynn, at 5ft 11in and 232 pounds, carried 64 times for 332 yards during his time at the Packers, scoring five touchdowns. He will no
doubt be hoping for something of a career revival in Saskatchewan.
In other transfer news: CFL outfit, the Calgary Stampeders, have swooped for US backs, Marvin White and Jerrard Tarrant. Tarrant, a former Giant, has been unemployed since September 2011, while the safety, White, has been a free-agent for a few months, after being released by the Bengals in 2011. For those looking to bet on NFL, the pair could provide an interesting development in the season’s story and could really influence the outcome of NFL bets.