Bombers’ Justin Medlock considers not returning to Winnipeg — or football – Manitoba

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ leading scorer punted around the idea of not returning to the Blue and Gold next season — or even playing professional football at all.

Kicker Justin Medlock said Monday he is considering all his options as his contract comes up this year.

“I want to take a second and kind of think about what I want to do, whether I want to play, whether I want to play somewhere else or whether I want to play here. I got to take a second to think about that,” he told media gathered in the Bombers locker room late Monday morning. 

“Trying to think about all possibilities, right? I live in Florida, right? I’ve been thinking about doing some other things in life maybe, so we’ll see. But I’m also considering coming back too.”

Contracts up

Several veterans’ contracts are up after this season, leaving big names like Medlock, receiver Weston Dressler, and defensive backs Chris Randle and Maurice Leggett as potential free agents.

QB Matt Nichols said he’s determined to sell the team to all the free agents and convince them to come back.

“I’m definitely going to be a salesman and try and keep everyone here,” he said. “And I feel like we have a really good thing going here. I feel like we took a big stride from last season.”

The mood in the locker room Monday was both sombre and determined, with players both lamenting Sunday’s 39-32 playoff loss to the Edmonton Eskimos, and proud of what they did accomplish this season.

‘We’ve built something special and we’re hungry … we’re getting better each and every year.’
– Maurice Leggett

“We’ve built something special and we’re hungry,” said Leggett. “That much closer. Last year, we made the playoffs [for the first time] in a very long time, and the outcome wasn’t good, and this year, we hosted a home playoff game, and so you know, we’re getting better each and every year.”

Keeping the core group of players intact is on everyone’s mind, he added. 

“You have guys, if they don’t want…

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