Phil Bates (gridiron football)

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Phil Bates
No. 81 – Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1989-09-20) September 20, 1989 (age 30)
Omaha, Nebraska
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Omaha North
(Omaha, Nebraska)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Phil Bates (born September 20, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was most recently a member of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Ohio. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012. With the Seahawks, he won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos.

College career[edit]

Bates played college football at Iowa State University as a quarterback and wide receiver from 2007 to 2008. He then transferred to Ohio University, where he played from 2009 to 2011.[1] He finished his career with 457 passing yards, five passing touchdowns, 738 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, 270 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Bates was signed by the Seattle Seahawks after going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.[2]

On September 1, 2014, Bates was waived.[3] He was signed to the Seahawks practice squad on September 9, 2014.[4]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On October 30, 2014, the Cleveland Browns signed Bates to their practice squad.[5]

On December 27, 2014, Bates was called up from the Browns practice squad to their active roster for their season finale against the Baltimore Ravens after Josh Gordon was suspended by the team after failing to attend a team walk-through.[6] He was released by the Browns on May 11, 2015.[7]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Bates was signed by the Dallas Cowboys on August 20, 2015.[8] He was released by the Cowboys on September 1, 2015.[9]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

Bates joined the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in the second half of the 2015 CFL season. Besides seeing playing time late in the season, he also played in the East Division semi-final loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on November 15, 2015. Bates played in only five of the Argos first 14 games, catching three passes for 20 yards with one touchdown. Following a Week 15 loss the Argos, the front office decided to release four of their wide receivers on the same day including Phil Bates.[10] Reports suggest the four wide receivers were not committed to the Argos and had been a source of division in the locker room for some time.[11]


  1. ^ Iowa State QB Bates will transfer Archived September 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Why Phil Bates might be Seahawks’ next breakout receiving star
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  4. ^ "Phil Bates". Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
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  6. ^ "Browns elevate Phil Bates; suspend Josh Gordon". December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "CSU-Pueblo's Paul Browning signs free-agent contract with Cleveland Browns". May 11, 2015. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Phillips, Rob. "Cowboys Add 4 Players; 4 Waived, Including Greenberry, Seastrunk". Dallas Cowboys. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  9. ^ Dixon, Schuyler (August 31, 2015). "Romo's quirky eye issue pops up again, but concern doesn't". Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on June 27, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Argos cut WRs Gurley, Hazelton and Elliott in roster shake-up". October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Argos cut loose receivers". Toronto Sun. Retrieved October 4, 2016.

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