WINNIPEG, MB., – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed National free agent receiver Matt Coates.
Coates (6-2, 200, Hamilton Hurricanes (Jr.), July 15, 1991, in Markham, ON) has spent the previous three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, playing a total of 34 games over his three-year CFL career.
Coates was named a two-time Team MVP while with the Markham District High School Marauders and won the Metro Bowl his senior year. Coates went undrafted and played one season for the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos in 2012 before returning home and signing with the Hamilton Hurricane of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL). He recorded 630 yards on 36 receptions for the Hurricanes and set an OFC record with 13 touchdowns in 2013. He was also named a CJFL All-Canadian that same year.
The Markham, Ontario receiver spent time on the Tiger-Cats practice roster before making his CFL debut in 2014, playing in all 18 regular season games and both playoff games, including the 102nd Grey Cup.