The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed non-import receiver/returner Markus Howell. The Winnipeg native returns to the Blue Bombers after having last played with Winnipeg from 2000-2004 where he spent time as a receiver, defensive back and returner. His most successful season was in 2002 when he started every game and caught 38 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown. Howell signed with the Ottawa Renegades in 2005 and caught 25 passes for 417 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. He was selected by Calgary in the second round (12th overall) of the 2006 Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft where he was used primarily as a returner. In four years with the Stamps, Howell was twice named Special Teams Player of the Week and had a 96-yard punt return touchdown in 2007. He currently sits in fifth place on the Stampeders' all-time list with 2,030 punt-return yards. The Bombers also added import defensive back Deon Beasley to the practice roster and released non-import wide receiver Jabari Arthur.