Free agency (signed players)

Re: Free agency (signed players)

by HfxTC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:28 am

I agree to a point. Didn't appreciate cutting Cato and certainly would not appreciate trading Vernon. Signing Canadians in free agency is smart, moving the ratio to where the offer is the greatest is smart. Assuming he doesn't have to cut a bunch of guys to pay for his shopping we are a couple OT from having a contender.
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by depopulationINC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:35 am

On the bright side they just signed earnest Jackson....assuming SJ is gtg that is a solid foundation to work with
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by HfxTC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:46 am

There is zero chance SJ is going to be cleared till end of july or August at the earliest.
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by depopulationINC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:29 pm

Really? He did an interview recently stating he was gtg and the showed him doing full speed routes in some pitch and catch. I get that is not contact but looked pretty promising

I don't know if that clip is there but he has some pitch and catch video clips on his Twitter iirc
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by HfxTC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:14 pm

He's had the ACL, MCL and Patular tendon surgically repaired, there isn't an orthopedic surgeon that will clear him for contact for 11 months at the earliest. That's the way it should be. 35 years old with a limp and locked knee for the rest of your life is too high a price to pay.
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by depopulationINC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:31 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WzsyTY6XkY

Cameron Marshall signed. Played for the Bombers a couple years back...did pretty well...NFL tour and now back

Still surprised Bell was not signed but this looks like a really solid signing. I think the Riders have a shifty RB in LeFrance and Marshall is a true grinder...he is great when he goes north south and can bust through the gap and LB layer if he gets a step....on a CFL wide field that can translate to good things and a Safety has to be conscious of it incase he beats the MLB. He is not really a side to side guy though...so the edge is not a huge risk with him...but he does somewhat offset that because he has solid hands on screens / shallow flats.


I like this signing. tough to lose on it even if it is nothing more than a camp look, but I think he could be more.
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by LeStaf » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:43 pm

depopulationINC wrote:without base? So you are saying Herb fabricated what he said? You sure seem selective about which reports have merit when.


Ce ne serait pas la première fois que Herb lance un ballon qui lui pête au visage.

I have said that there may or may not be action behind it...I even said I would place Adams at #2....so the "base" you are arguing is against Herb...not me. However...I can not simply dismiss what he has said either because there is logic behind it...even if it is a move I personally probably wouldn't do or agree with.


Ce n'est pas tant que les supporteurs le contestent comme ils s'en méfient. Herb est incapable de parler des Alouettes sans les égratigner au passage. Pour lui, il n'y a jamais rien de purement positif chez les Alouettes. C'est un pisse vinaigre qui n'aime pas être obligé de couvrir cette équipe pour gagner sa croûte. Son rêve est de pouvoir couvrir l'Impact à la maison comme à l'étranger, mais tant que les Alouettes seront dans le portrait, il en sera en bonne partie privé.

For me...Kavis is doing some silly things yes but I think he is also doing some good things...but he also entered a cap nightmare. The SMS situation that Jones walked into was really bad...but not nearly as bad as what Kavis inherited from Popp. Tough situation because in comparison the Riders had about 8 contracts that were way bloated...some were immediate releases...some were later releases and harder to do...some where renegotiated...ie LaBatte. I believe Bowman also took a cut and did the year before as well...so he does have some players working with him...but I think the wage issues are / were a lot more wide spread. Right now he is bringing in guys he knows...that is pretty standard for any GM, especially a new GM...it is understandable. As time moves on and he gets more established and branches out and gets his scouting and recruitment in place that should all improve. I have never disliked Kavis as much as many have...but I would not trust that man as far as I could throw him. IMO he is behind a few of the leaks and was 2 faced last season...but that is just my pure speculation. He has also often had big words but seldom backed them up. #consequences


Les rumeurs au sujet du plafond salarial n'ont jamais été démontrées. Il y a eu des tonnes de spéculation, mais aucune démonstration.

Les supporteurs des Alouettes sont plutôt contents de l'approche de Reed, mais ils demeurent sceptiques sur d'autres aspects de ses choix. C'est normal en principe d'amener des gens qu'il connaît, mais honnêtement, congédier Cato pour entrer Harris ne convaincra personne. Garder Crompton quand même ma grand-mère peut constater qu'il est pourri serait très difficile à défendre. Nous verrons ce qui arrivera lorsque Crompton sera déclaré médicalement apte à jouer, mais s'il demeure dans l'équipe, on pourra dire sans se tromper que Reed n'a pas de vision pour les quarts-arrières. On ne libère pas un potentiel comme Cato pour garder un incompétent comme Crompton. Ce serait une tache dans le dossier de Reed.

J'aime bien le gars qu'est Kavis. Il est sympathique, avenant, positif, enjoué et il respecte énormément les gens. Mais pour être un bon DG, il faut aussi du discernement et savoir mettre de côté certains liens personnels lorsque la réalité s'impose d'elle-même. Nous verrons comment tout cela évolue.

Pour finir au sujet de la libération de Cato, voici une spéculation qui m'a traversé l'esprit. Reed a essayé de transiger Cato et lui a dit au préalable, mais demandé de ne pas le divulguer immédiatement. L'agent de Cato l'a refilé à Herb. Reed a dû nier, mais ça l'a mis en colère contre Cato. Devant la possibilité d'avoir un gars plus facile à gérer que Cato (Harris), il décide de se débarrasser d'un cas plus "problématique", malgré le potentiel du gars. C'est de la spéculation, mais peu importe, pour moi, c'est une erreur à ce moment-ci.
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by LeStaf » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:46 pm

depopulationINC wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WzsyTY6XkY

Cameron Marshall signed. Played for the Bombers a couple years back...did pretty well...NFL tour and now back

Still surprised Bell was not signed but this looks like a really solid signing. I think the Riders have a shifty RB in LeFrance and Marshall is a true grinder...he is great when he goes north south and can bust through the gap and LB layer if he gets a step....on a CFL wide field that can translate to good things and a Safety has to be conscious of it incase he beats the MLB. He is not really a side to side guy though...so the edge is not a huge risk with him...but he does somewhat offset that because he has solid hands on screens / shallow flats.


I like this signing. tough to lose on it even if it is nothing more than a camp look, but I think he could be more.



Je crois que Marshall est une bonne acquisition. Il avait attiré mon attention à Winnipeg.
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by depopulationINC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:01 pm

LeStaf wrote:
depopulationINC wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WzsyTY6XkY

Cameron Marshall signed. Played for the Bombers a couple years back...did pretty well...NFL tour and now back

Still surprised Bell was not signed but this looks like a really solid signing. I think the Riders have a shifty RB in LeFrance and Marshall is a true grinder...he is great when he goes north south and can bust through the gap and LB layer if he gets a step....on a CFL wide field that can translate to good things and a Safety has to be conscious of it incase he beats the MLB. He is not really a side to side guy though...so the edge is not a huge risk with him...but he does somewhat offset that because he has solid hands on screens / shallow flats.


I like this signing. tough to lose on it even if it is nothing more than a camp look, but I think he could be more.



Je crois que Marshall est une bonne acquisition. Il avait attiré mon attention à Winnipeg.


Oh yeah...herb is not without his error...but hard to believe he would speculate without it coming from somewhere. There may not be a lot of substance there and it may turn into nothing...but there is some level to its merit to draw intrigue because Hervey does like Harris....and there is no doubt that regaining in the draft would be an appeal that he is going to at least ponder. I was fairly surprised when this all came out because they already had a pretty solid offer on the table for him...but the situation has changed to some degree

I also don't actually mind how Kavis is doing. He is predominantly getting younger and definitely cheaper. He already made one solid signing today and now has brought in Jeff Fuller and Pete Dyakowski . People knock Fuller's health but if he can keep it together he is a game changer and worth rolling the dice on. Looks like he is going 2 imports on the OL,...massive ratio change but it is a fast way to free up cap room for the team here and now...seems like the right move here and now. I think he might turn into a good GM...but there is still not a hope in hell I would ever trust him.

Cato was definitely attempted to trade. I know of 3 teams he tried and believe it to be more...but yeah...Cato might actually have more baggage than Carter. Carter is no angel but from what I have heard the Carter/Cato beef where Cato had to get yanked from practice was actually Carter trying to step in and calm another situation...good on Carter...but then it sounds like he poked at it after that and wouldn't let it go and showed his immaturity in that regard. Everyone and their dog knew the Als had to let someone go...it was Cato or Crompton....Cato made the most sense because Crompton is already ahead of him and development time needs to go to Adams.

As far as the SMS not being demonstrated...I guess we will see. Rumor was that they were going to have a tough time getting from tier 2 to tier 1. They made an awful lot of renegotiation attempts and cuts for there to be no truth to it. They let a player or 2 go in the middle of the season because they would not renegotiate and it before Carter was released it was stated that they were almost 300k over.
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by HfxTC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:14 pm

Hervey does like Harris


Reed ?
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by HfxTC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:16 pm

HfxTC wrote:
Hervey does like Harris


Reed ?


??? Fuller and Dykowski, signed with the Argos.
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by depopulationINC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:45 pm

HfxTC wrote:
HfxTC wrote:
Hervey does like Harris


Reed ?


??? Fuller and Dykowski, signed with the Argos.


yes reed and oops

lol...2 in a row :o
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by StormRider1 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:20 pm

At least Matt Webster got signed... Argos I think!!
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Re: Free agency (signed players)

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Re: Free agency (signed players)

by depopulationINC » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:11 pm

nowhereman wrote:Bakari Grant and Glenn Love signed

http://www.riderfans.com/forum/showthre ... Glenn-Love


Personally I won't hit Riderfans...tried it once a few years back and it was far too many hissy fits and fighting....

Love is an ok signing I think...Grant leans towards a move coming IMO...probably Edwards. Was it Edwards who got upset on Twitter after Carter was signed?
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