Former USF DT Richard Clebert, one of the strongest Bulls ever, signed a free-agent contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadien Football League this weekend. Read on for all the details. Only on USFNation.com - Get it First, Get it Fast.
Add defensive tackle Richard Clebert to the list of Bulls landing pro football contracts. The former USF and Miami Edison star has signed a 2-year deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He is the fifth USF player to sign a pro-contract this year.
“He’s a physical force,” said Winnipeg General manager Brendan Taman. “He has ability and we’re excited to get him up here.”
Clebert 6’0-309 pounds was one of the strongest Bulls, and holds the USF record for 225 bench reps of 43 and a max of 543 pounds, received NFL interest, and worked out for the hometown Buc’s and the Dolphins prior to last months draft, but was nothing materialized until recently.
“We watched Richard during his college days at USF and obliviously liked what he did,” said Bomber General manager Brendan Taman.
As a senior nose tackle for the Bulls, Clebert started 10 of 12 games this season. Finished second on the D-line with 32 tackles with 8 for a loss and also had 2 sacks, a fumble recovery for a safety, and a blocked kick. In his USF career, Clebert played in 37 games with 19 career starts, finishing with 74 tackles with 15.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick.
“He’s a bigger size guy, more so then our traditional tackles that are around 280-290, so he’s a little bigger then what we normally have, said Tamran. “The challenge he’s going to have up here is conditioning, playing on a wide field and it’s a little higher tempo of a game.”
Winnipeg saw Clebert play during the season on and off and was aware of his abilities, but it wasn’t until several injuries on the defensive line when they contacted the former Bull last week.
“The reason we brought him in is we had a couple of guys get hurt during camp,” said Tamran. “We’re getting ready for our first exhibition game Thursday, so he gives us some depth.”
Clebert arrived in Winnipeg on the 6th of June, and has been working with the team. He is wearing No. 76 the same numer he wore while at USF, but still has his work cut out for him.
“He’s behind two veteran guys, and that will be tough for him,” said Tamran. “But he’s a physical player and is working hard.”
Clebert signed a standard one year with an option contract with the Blue Bombers. However the contract doesn’t go into effect until he makes the team, and that won’t be decided until the last cuts on June 21st. Winnipeg’s home opener is against the Toronto Argonauts on June 27.
He joins former Bulls Mike Jenkins (Dallas), Trae Williams (Jacksonville), Ben Moffitt (Houston), and Amarri Jackson (Tampa) who have all signed pro contracts.
Stay tuned with USFNation as we update you on Clebert’s progress and interview the former Bull.
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