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Preview: Breaking down all nine teams ahead of free agency

Preview: Breaking down all nine teams ahead of free agency

TORONTO — With free agency opening at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the peak of the low season has arrived.

Almost 200 gamers are set to hit the open market, as the bulk of the league’s prime pending free brokers have remained unsigned.

This yr’s record presents one thing for everybody, from three of the CFL’s upper-echelon quarterbacks to 3 defensive stars that rank on the prime of their respective place.

CFL.ca breaks it all down with a team-by-team preview.

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Veteran receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux is one of a number of Lions poised to hit the open market (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

Ed Hervey will in all probability be on the telephone all week, because the BC Lions are anticipated to be probably the most lively group in free agency. The second-year basic supervisor has left most of his pending free brokers unsigned, leaving the Lions with an extended record of wants and, not coincidentally, a ton of cap and roster flexibility.

The Lions’ depth chart has lots of holes going into free agency, however crucial one, the quarterback place, is predicted to be crammed by prized free agent Mike Reilly. The 2017 Most Excellent Participant, who’s thrown for no less than 5,500 yards in every of his final three seasons, reportedly acquired permission to speak to the Lions ahead of the free agent deadline.

Regardless of being 34 years previous, Reilly is a franchise-altering expertise and would make the Lions a direct contender underneath first-year head coach DeVone Claybrooks. However ought to he sign up BC, he wouldn’t come with no value, which means Hervey might should get artistic in filling out the remaining of his roster.

Free Agent Listing

Prolonged: RB Wayne Moore; OL Joel Figueroa; OL Hunter Steward; LB Mitch Barnett; DL Odell Willis; DB T.J. Lee

Pending FA: QB Cody Fajardo; QB Jonathon Jennings; QB Travis Lulay; RB Jeremiah Johnson; RB Brandon Rutley; RB Tyrell Sutton; WR Emmanuel Arceneaux; WR Bryan Burnham; WR Ricky Collins; WR Tyler Davis; WR Shaq Johnson; WR Anthony Parker; WR DeVier Posey; WR Cory Watson; OL Chris Greaves; OL Cody Husband; OL Jovan Olafioye; LB Ron Omara; LB Micah Awe; LB DyShawn Davis; LB Bo Lokombo; DL Maxx Forde; DL Shawn Lemon; DL Ivan McLennan; DB Otha Foster; DB Anthony Orange; DB Garry Peters; DB Winston Rose; DB Anthony Thompson

Launched: Okay Ty Lengthy

The highest defensive deal with in free agency, Micah Johnson, has ties with Claybrooks after their time with Calgary, whereas one of the perfect receivers within the CFL in Derel Walker has spent his whole profession catching passes from Reilly. Arduous-hitting security Taylor Loffler and bodily offensive guard Sukh Chungh are each initially from BC. All 4 must be prime targets for Hervey, nevertheless it’s unlikely he can afford all 4.

Both means, the Lions’ prime wants are clear heading into free agency. Whereas the staff has reportedly introduced again Bryan Burnham for another season, the approaching departures of DeVier Posey, Ricky Collins, Emmanuel Arceneaux and Canadian receiver Shaq Johnson depart the Lions skinny at receiver. The O-line might be one other precedence — particularly if the Lions spend money on Reilly — although Joel Figueroa, David Foucault and Hunter Steward are all again underneath contract.

The operating again place can also be large open heading into free agency, whereas defensive again is one other place that wants some work, with T.J. Lee the one returning starter a day earlier than the deadline. To make an extended story brief, the BC Lions are the staff to observe getting into free agency.

Prime three Pending FA

1. WR Bryan Burnham

2. QB Jonathon Jennings

three. WR DeVier Posey

Prime three Wants

1. Quarterback

2. Defensive again

three. Broad receiver


Mike Reilly is the domino everyone seems to be ready for to start out free agency (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

The most important free agent domino, the one that may set off all the remaining, stands in Edmonton as Mike Reilly decides the place to play soccer in 2019. Reilly has been the face of the Eskimos franchise since arriving in 2013, profitable a Gray Cup and Most Excellent Participant whereas main the CFL in passing yards and touchdowns.

There’s a cause Eskimos basic supervisor Brock Sunderland is reportedly letting Reilly speak to teams early: The quarterback’s determination will immediately influence how the staff can strategy free agency. With out Reilly, who’s anticipated to signal the richest contract within the three-down recreation, Sunderland might construction his roster on the subject of the wage cap fairly a bit in another way.

Both approach, the Eskimos will seem like a a lot totally different staff in 2019. Receivers Bryant Mitchell and D’haquille Williams have already signed NFL offers, whereas Derel Walker is a pending free agent and should have choices in each leagues. Three starters on the O-line in Colin Kelly, Justin Sorensen and Travis Bond are all and not using a contract. And the defence, which can make the transition to new defensive coordinator Phillip Lolley, stands to lose starters Aaron Grymes, Chris Edwards and Forrest Hightower.

Free Agent Record

Prolonged: WR Natey Adjei; WR Kevin Elliott; DL Kwaku Boateng; LB Korey Jones; LB Taylor Reed; Okay Hugh O’Neill; DB Blair Smith

Pending FA: QB Kevin Glenn; QB Mike Reilly; FB Alexandre Dupuis; FB Calvin McCarty; FB Christophe Normand; RB Pascal Lochard; RB Martese Jackson; WR Nate Behar; WR Juron Criner; WR Sam Giguere; WR Vidal Hazelton; WR Jamill Smith; WR Kenny Stafford; WR Derel Walker; OL Travis Bond; OL Colin Kelly; OL Justin Sorensen; DL Arnaud Gascon-Nadon; DB Chris Edwards; DB Aaron Grymes; DB Forrest Hightower; DB Brandyn Thompson; DB Josh Woodman; LS Ryan King

Launched: WR Bryant Mitchell; WR D’haquille Williams; DL Jake Ceresna; DB Mercy Maston

Retired: LB J.C. Sherritt

Uncertainty on the quarterback place has definitely handcuffed Sunderland thus far, however the Eskimos’ GM has nonetheless made some strikes. Current signings Kevin Elliott and Kenny Shaw are confirmed pass-catchers that would present vital worth subsequent season. Taylor Reed is probably going the alternative for J.C. Sherritt, who retired final month. And most significantly, Sunderland was capable of lock in pending free agent Kwaku Boateng for the subsequent two seasons, a ratio-breaker coming off a breakout season at 23 years previous.

Months after the frustration of lacking the playoffs, dropping Reilly can be exhausting for Eskimos followers to swallow. It might be Sunderland’s hardest check but. However it’s not all dangerous in Edmonton. There are different choices at quarterback that might thrive in Jason Maas’ offence, together with REDBLACKS pending free agent Trevor Harris, who has ties with Maas and Sunderland. If the Eskimos don’t really feel they might restore Jonathon Jennings‘ early profession success, Kevin Glenn, Travis Lulay and Zach Collaros are shorter-term choices.

The Eskimos’ low season could also be outlined by wherever Reilly finally ends up, however their 2019 season doesn’t need to be. For now it’s within the arms of their third-year GM.

Prime three Pending FA

1. QB Mike Reilly

2. WR Derel Walker

three. DB Aaron Grymes

Prime three Wants

1. Quarterback

2. Offensive line

three. Large receiver


The Stamps might should be affected person as quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell considers his choices (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

If the Stamps don’t get a solution from Bo Levi Mitchell earlier than midday ET on Tuesday, John Hufnagel might face his most troublesome problem since turning into a common supervisor in 2008. With NFL presents additionally in play, the franchise quarterback might take his time making a choice, leaving Calgary’s low season in a bit of a flux.

Whereas the defending Gray Cup Champions have an extended listing of wants to deal with, Hufnagel and Head Coach Dave Dickenson are unwilling to enter the season with unproven sophomore Nick Arbuckle as their starter. It’s a troublesome spot to be in, as ready for Mitchell might value the group a potential place-holder in free agency.

Suffice to say, this low season will probably be totally different for the Stamps’ entrance workplace. Historically Hufnagel has shied away from spending in free agency, opting as an alternative to signal and develop his personal, a technique that’s paid off for the league’s most profitable franchise during the last decade. This time, nevertheless, Hufnagel’s hand will probably be pressured, as he seems to be to switch a quantity of departed veterans together with NFL-bound Alex Singleton, Marken Michel, Jameer Thurman and James Vaughters and pending free brokers Micah Johnson and Ja’Gared Davis.

Free Agent Record

Prolonged: RB Terry Williams; FB Ante Milanovic-Litre; WR Kamar Jorden; OL Shane Bergman; OL Brad Erdos; OL Ucambre Williams; LB Cory Greenwood; LB Riley Jones; LB Wynton McManis; DB Brandon Smith; DB Jamar Wall

Pending FA: QB Bo Levi Mitchell; WR Juwan Brescacin; WR DaVaris Daniels; WR Lemar Durant; WR Bakari Grant; WR Eric Rogers; OL Randy Richards; OL Quinn Smith; OL Spencer Wilson; DL Ja’Gared Davis; DL Micah Johnson; DL Cordarro Regulation; DL Ese Mrabure; DL Junior Turner; LB Maleki Harris; DB Tunde Adeleke; DB Emanuel Davis; DB Ciante Evans; DB Patrick Ranges; DB Troy Stoudermire; DB Adam Thibault.

Launched: WR Chris Matthews; WR Marken Michel; LB Alex Singleton; LB Jameer Thurman; DL James Vaughters

Some prognosticators recommend this could possibly be the start of the top for the Stamps’ reign of terror within the CFL. Wishful considering, maybe, at the very least for the league’s different eight teams. The Stamps’ depth throughout the roster has been the envy of the league, and a yr after gamers like Tre Roberson, Markeith Ambles and Reggie Begelton all turned common contributors, Folarin Orimolade, Wynton McManis, Riley Jones and DaShaun Amos are all candidates to interrupt out in 2019.

One space the Stamps gained’t want any assist at is the O-line, after locking up starters Shane Bergman, Brad Erdos and Ucambre Williams earlier than free agency. American deal with Randy Richards might find yourself elsewhere, however the group that allowed a league-low 27 sacks final season stays principally intact. The offence additionally boasts younger, dynamic operating backs in Don Jackson and Terry Williams, the latter of whom just lately signed an extension.

Dropping Mitchell, a two-time Most Excellent Participant and the CFL’s all-time quarterback wins chief, can be an impediment for the Calgary Stampeders — however don’t dismiss the staff’s organizational success and the presence of Hufnagel and Dickenson as they appear to patch up their roster.

Prime three Pending FA

1. QB Bo Levi Mitchell

2. DL Micah Johnson

three. DL Ja’Gared Davis

Prime three Wants

1. Quarterback

2. Defensive Line

three. Broad Receiver


The departure of Chris Jones might change Willie Jefferson‘s plans in free agency (Arthur Ward/CFL.ca)

Chris Jones left quite abruptly final month when he took a job with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, however he didn’t hold the Riders out to dry. The membership is in a great spot getting into free agency, with a lot of the league’s top-ranked defence in 2019 largely intact. With financial savings from pending free brokers Zach Collaros and Brandon Bridge, new common supervisor Jeremy O’Day has some flexibility to attempt to enhance the offence and attain the subsequent step within the seek for a Gray Cup.

With all entrance workplace and training vacancies now crammed, it’s no secret that the quarterback place is the most important query in Riderville. The search continues ever since Darian Durant was traded two years in the past, with Kevin Glenn, Zach Collaros and Brandon Bridge all having various levels of success.

It’s believed the Riders will pursue one of the large names in Mike Reilly, Bo Levi Mitchell and Trevor Harris, and it’s true that with state-of-the-art amenities, a top-ranked defence and a passionate fan base, the Inexperienced and White make a reasonably compelling case. However whereas the Riders have the cap flexibility to make it occur, there will probably be a lot of competitors for these three pivots. Jonathon Jennings and Kevin Glenn are different choices, and don’t rule out the return of Collaros, who gained his share of video games with the workforce in 2018.

Free Agent Record

Prolonged: FB Patrick Lavoie; DL Zack Evans; DL Makana Henry; LB Sam Hurl; DB Mike Edem; DB Loucheiz Purifoy

Pending FA: QB Brandon Bridge; QB Zach Collaros; RB Cameron Marshall; WR Naaman Roosevelt; WR Rob Bagg; WR Devon Bailey; WR Caleb Holley; WR Brian Jones; OL Josiah St. John; DL Eddie Steele; DL Tobi Antigha; DL Mic’hael Brooks; DL Willie Jefferson; DL Cory Johnson; LB Kevin Francis; DB Marc Olivier Brouillette; DB Jovon Johnson

Launched: LB Sam Eguavoen; WR Kenny Shaw, WR Jordan Williams-Lambert

Zack Evans, Mike Edem and Loucheiz Purifoy shall be again on the Riders’ defence in 2019, whereas starters Mic’hael Brooks and Willie Jefferson are pending free brokers. Jefferson is the most important identify on the staff’s free agent listing, because the 28-year-old is taken into account one of the best participant within the CFL at his place. After forming the league’s most daunting move rush duo together with Charleston Hughes final season, Jefferson might be NFL-bound.

After watching the defence carry them final season, the Riders are targeted on enhancing their offence. Outdoors of the quarterback place they’ll want to focus on some receivers in free agency, as veteran Naaman Roosevelt is a pending free agent whereas breakout rookie Jordan Williams-Lambert has signed an NFL deal. Kyran Moore and Okay.D. Cannon, simply 22 and 23 respectively, determine into the workforce’s plans subsequent season, however extra expertise is important.

Regardless of the departure of Chris Jones, the Riders’ entrance workplace has lots of expertise with O’Day and Paul Jones on the helm. Nonetheless, with another person calling the photographs, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are venturing into uncharted waters as an unprecedented free agency interval arrives.

Prime three Pending FA

1. DL Willie Jefferson

2. QB Zach Collaros

three. WR Naaman Roosevelt

Prime three Wants

1. Quarterback

2. Extensive receiver

three. Offensive line


The Bombers might lose rising star linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox this week (The Canadian Press)

A busy couple of months might sign a quiet week in free agency for Basic Supervisor Kyle Walters, who’s patched and sewn up a quantity of holes earlier than Feb. 12. The Bombers are one of 4 teams with their beginning quarterback already doubtless on the roster, whereas contract extensions for Adam Bighill, Stanley Bryant and Jermarcus Hardrick might depart rather less wiggle room in comparison with the opposite eight CFL teams.

Nevertheless, the low season doesn’t arrive with out change within the Manitoba capital. Walters might have already got replacements for Matthias Goossen (retired) and Sukh Chungh (free agent on the roster), and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox and security Taylor Loffler are additionally anticipated to check the open market. The Bombers’ O-line has been a mannequin of consistency within the CFL, with final yr’s unit beginning 86 of a potential 90 video games.

The Bombers are properly outfitted to switch Nic Demski ought to he stroll, with younger Canadians Drew Wolitarsky, Daniel Petermann and Rashaun Simonise offering enviable depth on the place. The defensive backfield is extra of a priority, the place Loffler is joined by pending free brokers Brandon Alexander and Kevin Fogg together with recently-released Chris Randle.

Free Agent Listing

Prolonged: FB Mike Miller; OL Stanley Bryant; OL Michael Couture; OL Jermarcus Hardrick; DL Jackson Jeffcoat; DL Jake Thomas; LB Jesse Briggs; LB Adam Bighill; LB Shayne Gauthier; LB Thomas Miles; LB John Rush; LB Kyrie Wilson; DB Jeff Hecht; Okay Justin Medlock; LS Chad Rempel

Pending FA: RB Kienan LaFrance; WR Ryan Lankford; WR Nic Demski; WR Weston Dressler; OL Sukh Chungh; DL Trent Corney; DL Drake Nevis; DL Tristan Okpalaugo; LB Frederic Plesius; LB Frank Renaud; LB Jovan Santos-Knox; DB Brandon Alexander; DB Kevin Fogg; DB Taylor Loffler; DB Brendan Morgan

Retired: OL Matthias Goossen

Launched: LB Ian Wild

Even when the Bombers aren’t the most important spenders in free agency, Walters nonetheless has some strikes to make. It’s extensively anticipated he’ll pursue one of a number of high-end receivers available on the market, somebody to enrich prime choice Darvin Adams. Regardless of boasting the CFL’s highest-scoring offence final season, the Bombers ranked sixth within the league in passing yards and completions of 30- and 20-plus yards. Greg Ellingson, B.J. Cunningham and DaVaris Daniels are some of the highest names out there heading into Tuesday.

Regardless of some key departures, Walters has constructed an enduring core that’s allowed the Bombers to grow to be one of probably the most constant teams within the CFL. The subsequent week or two can be about placing on ending touches.

Prime three Pending FA

1. OL Sukh Chungh

2. DB Taylor Loffler

three. LB Jovan Santos-Knox

Prime three Wants

1. Large receiver

2. Defensive deal with

three. Defensive again


In his first head teaching gig, Orlondo Steinauer seems to be to enhance the Ticats’ defence in 2019 (Ticats.ca)

Drew Allemang and Shawn Burke shall be fairly busy this week, because the newly-named co-GMs strategy their first free agent interval on the helm of the Ticats. The staff has already been busy this low season, locking up key free brokers in Alex Inexperienced, Brandon Banks, Jalen Saunders, Richard Leonard and Mike Daly — however there’s work to be executed, particularly on the defensive aspect of the ball.

Save for a pair of holes on the O-line — deal with Ryker Mathews is NFL-bound whereas centre Mike Filer is pending free agency — the Ticats are poised to repeat because the CFL’s most efficient offence. A yr after breaking out as one of the CFL’s prime quarterbacks, Jeremiah Masoli is one of just some starters league-wide underneath contract, whereas June Jones returns within the position of offensive coordinator after making approach for brand spanking new head coach Orlondo Steinauer.

It’s the opposite aspect of the ball that’s value watching within the coming days. Delvin Breaux, Larry Dean and Don Unamba have been key items on the CFL’s third-ranked defence final yr, and all three are pending free brokers along with defensive finish Adrian Tracy and defensive again Mariel Cooper.

Free Agent Listing

Prolonged: RB Alex Inexperienced; RB Sean-Thomas Erlington; RB Nikita Whitlock; WR Brandon Banks; WR Jalen Saunders; OL Kelvin Palmer; DL Justin Vaughn; LB Simoni Lawrence; DB Cariel Brooks; DB Michael Daly; DB Richard Leonard; LS Aaron Crawford

Pending FA: QB Bryant Moniz; RB Mercer Timmis; RB John White; WR Terrence Toliver; WR Shamawd Chambers; WR Felix Faubert-Lussier; WR Mike Jones; WR Marquay McDaniel; WR Terrell Sinkfield; WR Chris Williams; OL Mike Filer; OL Landon Rice; DL Jason Neill; DL Adrian Tracy; LB Terrell Davis; LB Larry Dean; DB Delvin Breaux; DB Mariel Cooper; DB Josh Johnson; DB Courtney Stephen; DB Don Unamba; Okay Lirim Hajrullahu;

Launched: OL Ryker Mathews

With lots of cash invested on offence, Steinauer and the Ticats should be choosy relating to which gamers — if any — they will afford to re-sign on or after Feb. 12. Dean might fetch aggressive provides on the open market, because the Ticats might search for a youthful, less expensive choice than the 30-year-old veteran.

In the identical breath, some modifications ought to be anticipated after that unit was picked aside by Trevor Harris within the Japanese Ultimate to the tune of a playoff report six landing passes. Whereas the Ticats’ offence is certain to make them a contender in 2019, some massive additions on the defensive aspect of the ball might put them excessive within the CFL East Division.

Prime three Pending FA

1. DB Delvin Breaux

2. DB Don Unamba

three. LB Larry Dean

Prime three Wants

1. Linebacker

2. Offensive line

three. Defensive again


Linebacker Marcus Ball is one of the Argos’ prime pending free brokers as of Monday (Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca)

The Argos look like the most important wild card heading into free agency. On the one hand, they’re one of just some teams with the quarterback state of affairs taken care of, as James Franklin and McLeod Bethel-Thompson are each underneath contract. Nevertheless, Jim Popp has stated the Argos might goal one of the highest quarterbacks in free agency, with both of Mike Reilly or Bo Levi Mitchell representing an apparent improve on the place.

Within the extra doubtless occasion the Argos stand pat behind centre, Popp may have cash to spend elsewhere. The veteran basic supervisor has completed a pleasant job bringing again core items earlier than Feb. 12, extending starters at numerous positions together with defensive again and linebacker. That would permit the Argos to swing for the fences with names like Willie Jefferson, Ja’Gared Davis and Derel Walker.

The defensive position ought to undoubtedly be a prime precedence for Corey Chamblin’s defence. The Argos’ cross rush was the worst within the CFL in 2018, sacking opposing quarterbacks a league-low 24 occasions. The shortage of strain was a problem all season, with the Boatmen rating lifeless final within the league in takeaways, factors off turnovers and factors allowed. Half of that could possibly be attributed to the scheme, because the group clearly missed defensive coordinator Chamblin who’s again as head coach, however an elite pass-rusher like Jefferson or Davis would make a distinction.

Free Agent Listing

Prolonged: FB Simon Gingras-Gagnon; RB Branden Burks; WR Alex Charette; OL Ryan Bomben; OL Chris Kolankowski; OL DJ Sackey; DL Jeffrey Finley; LB Akeem Jordan; LB Nakas Onyeka; LB Terrance Plummer; LB Bear Woods; DB Abdul Kanneh; DB Alden Darby; DB Qudarius Ford; DB Jermaine Gabriel; DB Matt Webster; DB Robert Woodson; Okay Zack Medeiros; LS Jake Reinhart

Pending FA: QB Ricky Ray; QB Dakota Prukop; RB Travon Van; WR Duron Carter; WR Myles White; OL William Campbell; OL Jamal Campbell; OL J’Michael Deane; OL Tyler Holmes; DL Frank Beltre; DL Ken Bishop; DL Troy Davis; DL Justin Tuggle; DL Cameron Walker; DL Dylan Wynn; LB Marcus Ball; LB Jeff Knox Jr.; DB Ronnie Yell

On the offensive aspect of the ball, the Argos are in fine condition at operating again and on the O-line. Ryan Bomben, Chris Van Zeyl and Sean McEwen type a strong basis up entrance, although pending free agent Tyler Holmes would go away a gap at left guard ought to he signal elsewhere. Operating backs James Wilder Jr. and Branden Burks have complementary skill-sets, forming an thrilling younger tandem within the backfield.

Receiver must be the Argos’ largest want getting into the low season. They missed DeVier Posey‘s speed last year, while the boundary receiver position was a revolving door. Armanti Edwards and S.J. Green are reliable possession receivers but the offence needs someone who can create separation and stretch the field. Duron Carter, who wasn’t embraced by departed head coach Marc Trestman, might be the reply, whereas Posey or Stamps wideout DaVaris Daniels are additionally matches. Chris Williams or Terrell Sinkfield would additionally velocity up the Argos’ offence.

One unknown that is probably not solved for some time is the standing of Ricky Ray. The longer term Corridor of Fame quarterback continues to be figuring out his soccer future as he recovers from a season-ending neck damage. Whereas the Argos would welcome him again, his determination shouldn’t dictate their plans in free agency.

Prime three Pending FA

1. WR Duron Carter

2. OL Tyler Holmes

three. LB Marcus Ball

Prime three Wants

1. Large receiver

2. Offensive line

three. Defensive finish


Free agency might result in a bidding struggle for the providers of quarterback Trevor Harris (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

The low season has introduced a bit of a plot twist to the nation’s capital, the place the REDBLACKS might lose franchise quarterback Trevor Harris. Barring a last-minute deal, Harris will check the open market on Tuesday, when he might obtain aggressive provides from a number of QB-needy teams. These golf equipment perceive there’s a big drop-off from Harris to the subsequent best choice behind centre, making him one of probably the most coveted gamers in all of free agency.

Marcel Desjardins has refused to bid towards himself, whereas profitable free agent presents might show too excessive to match. The REDBLACKS’ basic supervisor has taken this path earlier than, and would have a quantity of choices ought to Harris find yourself leaving. Backup quarterback Dominique Davis is no less than a contingency plan in Jaime Elizondo’s offence, whereas Jonathon Jennings, Zach Collaros and Kevin Glenn are different out there choices.

As per standard, the REDBLACKS have targeted their efforts on the O-line in free agency. Canadian offensive linemen are the constructing blocks of any offence, and Nolan MacMillan and Jason Lauzon-Seguin are confirmed starters which are again beneath contract. Whereas left deal with SirVincent Rogers, one of the most effective within the enterprise, might signal elsewhere, the REDBLACKS have sufficient depth and flexibility to get by.

Free Agent Record

Prolonged: QB Dominique Davis; WR Julian Feoli-Gudino; OL Jason Lauzon-Seguin; OL Nolan MacMillan; DL Danny Mason; DL Avery Ellis; DL Nigel Romick; DL Michael Klassen; DL Ettore Lattanzio; DL Jonathan Newsome; DL Michael Wakefield; DB Jonathan Rose; DB Sherrod Baltimore; DB Corey Tindal; Okay Richie Leone

Pending FA: QB Trevor Harris; RB Mossis Madu; RB William Powell; WR Greg Ellingson; WR Dominique Rhymes; OL SirVincent Rogers; OL Jon Gott; DL A.C. Leonard; DL Andrew Marshall; DL Don Oramasionwu; DL Daryl Waud; LB Chris Ackie; LB Kyries Hebert; DB Andrew Lue; DB Rico Murray; DB Dan West

Launched: WR Diontae Spencer

Who’s catching the ball might be a special story. Diontae Spencer has signed within the NFL whereas Greg Ellingson is a pending free agent, leaving the REDBLACKS with a number of holes on the offensive aspect of the ball. At operating again, second-leading rusher in 2018 William Powell can also be a free agent, with backup Mossis Madu proper behind him. Discovering a operating again shouldn’t be troublesome, with a number of confirmed starters throughout the league turning into free brokers. The problem might be at receiver. RJ Harris confirmed he could be trusted with an expanded position subsequent season, however the REDBLACKS might use extra.

No matter occurs, Noel Thorpe’s defence is on monitor to be one of the CFL’s greatest in his second season as defensive coordinator. The REDBLACKS have signed Chris Randle and prolonged Jonathan Rose, finishing a confirmed, veteran secondary that can be troublesome to beat downfield. Whereas Kyries Hebert will probably be allowed to stroll, Kevin Brown and Avery Williams, 25 and 24 years previous respectively, are promising up-and-comers within the linebacking core.

Canadian security and WILL linebacker Chris Ackie, defensive finish A.C. Leonard and receiver Dominique Rhymes are different key gamers poised to grow to be free brokers.

Prime three Pending FA

1. QB Trevor Harris

2. WR Greg Ellingson

three. OL SirVincent Rogers

Prime three Wants

1. Quarterback

2. Operating again

three. Vast receiver


If the Als lose B.J. Cunningham, receiver might be a prime precedence for Kavis Reed this week (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

In his third yr because the Als’ basic supervisor, anticipate this to be Kavis Reed’s quietest low season but. A number of of the staff’s younger gamers have been already prolonged into 2019, whereas key pillars Eugene Lewis and Kristian Matte have signed contract extensions for the brand new season. The Alouettes are hoping their present core — with a brand new uniform and emblem — can construct on the success of a Four-5 run to finish 2018.

At the least 5 teams throughout the CFL might discover themselves in bidding wars this week for the providers of three of the league’s elite passers, however the Als aren’t more likely to be one of them. Whereas the quarterback state of affairs is way from settled in Montreal, it’s not thought-about a serious want getting into free agency because the membership considers its inner candidates. Antonio Pipkin and Johnny Manziel are seen because the front-runners for the job however Jeff Mathews, Vernon Adams Jr. and Matthew Shiltz are additionally within the image.

One of Reed’s largest undertakings in Montreal has been the rebuild of an getting old offensive line. He’s hoping first-round picks Trey Rutherford and Tyler Johnstone can turn out to be pillars in that group for years to return. Na’Ty Rodgers and Tony Washington are candidates to start out at deal with, because the Als have the pliability to start out both one or two People on the O-line. With Philippe Gagnon pending free agency, the Als might nonetheless use some assist up entrance, making it a prime want this week.

Free Agent Listing

Prolonged: WR Ernest Jackson; WR Eugene Lewis; OL Kristian Matte; OL Tony Washington; LS Martin Bedard

Pending FA: WR Stephen Adekolu; WR Adarius Bowman; WR B.J. Cunningham; WR T.J. Graham; WR George Johnson; OL Luc Brodeur-Jourdain; OL Philippe Gagnon; OL Dillon Man; DL Jean-Samuel Blanc; DL John Bowman; DL Jesse Joseph; DL Gabriel Knapton; LB D.J. Lalama; LB Nicolas Boulay; LB Chip Cox; DB Dominique Ellis; DB T.J. Heath; DB Jermaine Robinson

Launched: QB Drew Willy; RB Lawrence Pittman; WR Joshua Stanford; DL Religion Ekakitie; DB Tevaughn Campbell; DB Joe Burnett

The Alouettes’ defence confirmed marked enchancment over the second half of final season, and a number of other acquainted faces can be again. T.J. Heath is a pending free agent, Tevaughn Campbell has gone to the NFL and John Bowman is considering retirement, however the Als have some expertise on that aspect of the ball, particularly within the secondary, the place current signing Chris Lyles joins Tommie Campbell and Branden Dozier.

If Reed is ready to hit one other house run in free agency, it may be at receiver. With B.J. Cunningham scheduled to hit the open market on Tuesday, it’s no secret the Als might use a confirmed difference-maker of their receiving corps. Eugene Lewis and Ernest Jackson are two of the staff’s prime targets going into the brand new season, because the membership seems to be to enrich breakout operating again William Stanback with extra consistency by means of the air.

Prime three Pending FA

1. WR B.J. Cunningham

2. DB T.J. Heath

three. DL John Bowman

Prime three Wants

1. Offensive lineman

2. Vast receiver

three. Defensive finish


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