No thanks on Elliott. I don't know why some bomber fans are enamoured with him. He has a good game or two and has been inconsistent to bad the rest of the time he has played. The late season games vs toronto and calgary in winnipeg where he threw multiple picks and reckless attitude with the ball cost the team a chance to win, when a win in either game could have helped the blue get a post season berth. No thanks to more of that. I'd rather start Brink, who brings similar stats but takes better care of the ball and has more mobility with his legs and give him a few more starts, or Justin Goltz for that matter. Reilly and McPherson offer interesting options.
For Edmonton, I would think that they would favour Nichols heading into 2013 after his late season performance. Maybe things are starting to click for him. I would imagine Nichols, maybe Jyles, and one other QB compete for that starting job. Its time to build around a QB who could start for the next 3-5 years or more. Kerry Joseph is not that guy, though he could still prove a valuable mentor as the #3.
Any NFL retreads don't interest me. When was the last time a QB who has had regular playing time (in the case of Tebow, Young, Vick, or perhaps even a Matt Leinert whose career path has continued to decline over the last couple of years) come up to the CFL and played immediately and played well? Smith may be a guy who can come in and have the right attitude to compete, guys like vick and young might feel more entitled about their stature a la Cleo Lemon and not put in the right work to succeed. Chase Clement and Brian Brohm are interesting thoughts since they must be looking for a more stable situation than the UFL if they want to continue to play football and neither likely to get back to the NFL.