January 18, 2019 12:49 am
Updated: January 18, 2019 12:12 pm

Winnipeg Blue Bombers confirm release of linebacker Ian Wild

A Winnipeg Blue Bomber fan congratulates Ian Wild after the Bombers defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sept. 4, 2016 for their first Labour Day Classic win in 11 years.

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are releasing longtime linebacker Ian Wild.

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Wild, 28, leaves the Bombers after six seasons with the team.

“This has been another difficult decision, as Ian has been an integral part of our organization for many years,” said Bombers GM Kyle Walters.

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“Through all those seasons, Ian was very productive for us and carried himself professionally, leading by his actions through both the good and the bad.

“We truly appreciate all he has given the organization.”

Wild appeared in 67 games from 2013-2018. He started last season on the injured list, and lost his starting job at the weakside linebacker position to Jovan Santos-Knox. Wild returned to his starters job in the playoffs after Santos-Knox injured his foot.

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In 15 regular season games last season, Wild recorded 12 defensive tackles, 12 special teams tackles and one touchdown on a blocked punt. He missed all but five games in the 2017 season with an injury.

Wild was set to become a free agent next month.

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