With a new head coach, the Houston Gamblers look to retool the team as head coach Curtis Johnson makes his first signing bringing help on defense.
The team announced on their Twitter page Wednesday the signing of defensive end Tim Bonner.
Bonner is well known for being showcased in the Netflix sports documentary “Last Chance U” where he played at East Mississippi Community College after a short stint with Louisville. His strong performance in junior college earned him a spot with Florida Atlantic where he played three seasons there. He finished his time with the Owls with 58 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles in 38 games.
His whole professional career has been spent up north in Canada in the CFL playing for the BC Lions and the Edmonton Elks. During his CFL career, he has recorded 29 tackles, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles during that time. He was just released by the Elks on Tuesday after spending one season with the team.
The Houston Gamblers were in need of great pass rushers to try to fill the void of losing Chris Odom to the NFL last year. Bonner is quick off the edge and is a pass-rushing specialist who has proven time and time again to be able to get to the quarterback. He should be able to not only find a roster spot in Houston but should be considered an early favorite to start for Houston. A move like this is a tone-setter for coach Johnson who is looking to get the team to win more games than last season.