WINNIPEG, MB., March 15, 2023 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the signing of American quarterback Billy Hall, American defensive tackle O’Bryan Goodson, American receivers Manasseh Bailey and Tre Turner, and National defensive back Jordan Veltri.
Hall (6-3, 200, Reinhardt University; born: August 9, 1999, in Oneida, TN) appeared in 29 games over three seasons with the Eagles and completed 55 percent of his passes for 4,132 yards with 45 touchdowns against 15 interceptions and 17 rushing touchdowns. He had a quarterback efficiency rating of 148.9 in his senior season at Reinhardt (2021-22), throwing for 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while rushing for 10 touchdowns.
Goodson (6-1, 295, University of Memphis; born: September 1, 1998, in Batesville, MS) joins the Blue Bombers after starting 33 of 35 games in his four-year collegiate career with the Tigers. In Goodson’s senior season, he had 28 total tackles, eight tackles for a loss, four quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery and was named to the 2020 First-Team All-American Athletic Conference squad while helping Memphis win the 2020 Montgomery Bowl. He was an Honorable Mention All-AAC in 2019. He was most recently with the XFL’s Seattle Sea Dragons after being selected by the club in the 2020 XFL Draft but was released at the end of training camp this winter.
Bailey (6-1, 195, Morgan State, February 21, 1999 in Suitland, MD) signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He also had brief stints with the Los Angeles Chargers and New York Jets before signing with the Montreal Alouettes practice roster in 2021. Collegiately, Bailey played four seasons at Morgan State (2016-19). He caught 115 passes for 2,031 yards, 20 touchdowns, and two carries for four yards in 43 games for the Bears. He is a 2019 All-MEAC Third Team and Phil Steele’s All-MEAC First Team in 2019.
Turner (6-2, 187, Virginia Tech; born: April 21, 2000, in Greensboro, NC) played in 44 games (36 starts) over four years with the Hokies (2018-21) and finished his collegiate career with 134 receptions for 2,292 yards and 14 touchdowns, adding 53 carries for 456 yards and four more scores. In his senior season, Turner finished with 40 receptions for 675 yards and three touchdowns and 12 caries for 64 yards, and was named to the PFF College All-ACC Second Team followed by an invitation to the 2022 Senior Bowl. He spent time with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022.
Veltri (6-0, 200, Wifrid Laurier, June 24, 1998 in Burlington, ON) played five seasons at Wilfrid Laurier University (2017-22) with 66 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and ten pass breakups in 30 games for the Golden Hawks. In his final season, Veltri had 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one pass breakup in ten games. He was selected to the OUA Second Team All-Star in 2022.