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Blue Bombers Release Jonathan Kongbo to Pursue NFL Career

December 5, 2019 1:40 PM | Sports

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BC Lions quarterback Mike Reilly (13) recovers his fumble before Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Jonathan Kongbo (2) could get to it during the second half of CFL action in Winnipeg Thursday, August 15, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released defensive end Jonathan Kongbo in order for him to further pursue NFL opportunities.

General manager Kyle Walters released the following statement:

“When we selected Jonathan in last year’s CFL Draft, he chose to sign with our organization rather than wait a season to continue training. This agreement came with the understanding that if he received any NFL interest, we would work with him to help him pursue those interests. Jonathan is a great young man and deserves the opportunity to explore all avenues in his career. We wish him the best and certainly will welcome his return if nothing comes to fruition in this regard.”

Kongbo, 23, was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo before moving to Surrey, B.C., with his family when he was five. He had 12 defensive tackles and one sack with the Blue Bombers.