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Team First Mentality Keeps Nick Taylor in Winnipeg  

WINNIPEG, MB., – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with Nick Taylor, a week before he is set to become a free agent.

Taylor is a five-foot-nine 188 pound out of Florida International University. At Flu Taylor did not play college football but was the starting point guard for Florida International University’s basketball team. He gave up the game after his sophomore year in high school. Taylor picked up the game again by playing in the Stars Football League. He attended FIU’s Pro Day and ran two of the fastest 40 times at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.

Those electric time at FIU pro day lead him to sign his first NFL contract with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. Taylor suffered a shoulder injury before he could compete in the first game and was later on released by the Vikings. 

Taylor would eventually play with the Orlando Predators in 2015 before becoming a member in the CFL signing with the Ottawa REDBLACKS

He eventually would join the Blue Bombers after his second stop in the CLF with the Edmonton Eskimos ended in 2019. Taylor would dress for the Blue and Gold in 16 games including the 107th and the 108th Grey cup championship. 

Taylor will be returning for his third season with the blue bomber totaling 36 defensive tackles during that time. 

Taylors rollercoaster career in the CLF has helped him to understand the ruthless business side of the CFL. This led him to appreciate a well sound organization when he sees one and ultimately what led him to stay in Winnipeg. 

“My heart was definitely set on being back in Winnipeg, but I also understand the business side of things after being in this league for a while now,” Taylor told from his offseason base in Washington, D.C. “I was listening to what might be out there (in free agency) but in my heart of hearts, I wanted to be back in Winnipeg.

“Even if it is a little bit less money – obviously everyone wants to get paid the maximum they can – but there’s something about comfort that overrides other things.”

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LaMark Wylie Jr. Reporter
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