Osbourn High School graduate Lucky Whitehead will attempt to resume his professional football career in the Canadian Football League after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Thursday they had signed the former NFL player.
Whitehead earned the opportunity following his performance at a Blue Bombers’ mini-camp April 24-25 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Whitehead was one of 40 players overall and one of 15 wide receivers at the camp. Winnipeg's rookie training camp opens May 15 followed by the beginning of full training camp May 19.
The Blue Bombers wanted to bolster their receiving corps in the offseason by adding international players.
Whitehead has not been with a team since he began the 2018 preseason with the New York Jets. The Jets placed Whitehead on injured reserve Aug. 28 and no other NFL organization signed him that season.
“(The lack of NFL interest) was a little surprising, but I’ve had a couple of injuries I had to get over and once I got ready to play, I started to get into a little trouble off the field, so I had to clean that stuff up,” Whitehead told bluebomers.com April 24. “I’m just glad I got a call. I’m excited to be out here right now letting it all fly. I’m glad I got a second chance. I had a hamstring injury I was dealing with and it messes with you mentally. I feel great now and just glad to be out here.”
Whitehead has a June 26 court date following a Dec. 23 arrest for drunken driving and related charges during a traffic stop in Gainesville. Whitehead’s case has been granted a continuance twice. The first court date was for Feb. 6 and the second May 1.
Whitehead began his NFL career with Dallas, who signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 out of Florida Atlantic. In two seasons with the Cowboys, Whitehead was used primarily as a return specialist but also was a reserve wide receiver. Whitehead averaged 25.6 yards per kick return and 6.9 per punt.
The Cowboys released Whitehead the same day news surfaced that he had been arrested for shoplifting June 22, 2017, in Woodbridge and then failed to appear in court July 6. On July 25, Prince William County police department released a statement clearing Whitehead of any wrongdoing, calling it a case of mistaken identity.
Whitehead entered the 2017 preseason as the front-runner to become the Jets’ primary return specialist after they claimed him off waivers from Dallas in late July.
But Whitehead’s plans ended after he broke his foot during training camp. He was waived/injured in September before being placed on injured reserve. He then was waived with an injury settlement.
The Jets re-signed Whitehead to the practice squad that November and then added him to its 53-man roster Dec. 30 for its final regular-season game, but he did not play.