2019-2020 Off Season Signings

It didn’t take long for the Als to take advantage of the situation in the Arena league. No GM, No problem… Very impressed, not wasting time.

The receiver position is no longer a position where the Als are at a disadvantage with other teams.

Looks like Deslauriers or Gorrell went back and gave a second chance to Michael Sanelli who was not given a fair shot last season. I like the patience.

[justify]Fabian Guerra (5’11?, 200 lbs.) played with the Columbus Destroyers in the Arena Football League, in 2019, where he was named Rookie of the Year. In 2018, he won the National Arena League championship with the Carolina Cobras. He also spent time in the Alliance of American Football with the Memphis Express. The 24-year-old receiver from Miami, FL played college with the Fairmont State University Fighting Falcons where he was voted to the 2015 and 2016 All-MEC Second Team, and to the 2014 All-MEC First Team. He ended his collegiate career with 233 catches, 2,805 receiving yards, and 20 touchdowns in 30 games. The receptions were a Fairmont State record, while the yards and touchdowns ranked second and third in school history, respectively.[/justify]

[justify]Malachi Jones (6’3″, 215 lbs.) spent time in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and the Atlanta Falcons. In 2019, he played in the Arena Football League where he won the ArenaBowl with the Albany Empire and was named Offensive Player of the Year and Wide Receiver of the Year. He was also named on the First Team All-Arena. In 2018, he also collected honours as he was named AFL Rookie of the year, Wide Receiver of the Year and named on the First-Team All-Arena. The Lawrenceville, GA native played four years in college for the Appalachian State University Mountaineers. The 25-year-old receiver caught 124 balls and earned 1,711 yards with eight touchdowns in 49 games.[/justify]

Good signings but I’m really hoping they shore up talent and depth on the defensive line.

I don’t know if any of the Winnipeg D-line are FA but I wouldn’t mind having some of them aboard. Looking at how they played in the grey cup, they were putting pressure even in 3 man rush that we complained so much that slowik and they had success.

These moves show just how restrained the previous owners kept the team.It looks like the front office is busy at work preparing for the 2020 season.The enthousiasme has carried over and I can imagine that Khari has provide them with a shopping list of what he feels the team needs.

Jefferson is FA

Free agents are great but also expensive. You’re paying for name recognition. The best thing we can do for our D-line is to bring in good young talent to compete for jobs, so the line can be strong for years to come. Out there right now could be a stud defensive end just waiting for us to find and sign, at half the cost of someone established.

It truly is amazing how the Als turned it around this season. Obvious it was Khari Jones who basically did everything.
Whats very interesting is the NFL will not sign any CFL players until they officially become FA’s in Feb. Unless of course they are released early as James Wilder Jr. & Dexter McCoil.
Which in a round about way the NFL & CFL are working together & are in no way supporting the XFL.
The Als have several guys that are FA’s they surely want to lock up.
Ciante Evans, Patrick Levels, Chris Ackie,…on Defense.
Evans went the AAF route so i doubt he is going back and is wise enuff know not just to be a NFL camp Body. Ackie still yung enuff has gotten a little NFL interest. Missed the first part of last CFL season. I guess he was waiting for NFL interest
But I cant find anything at all about that.
Stanback, & Geno Lewis are still very young & with such great seasons. They may be two guys that wait out FA’s to look at NFL options.

The NFL start of Futures contract signings directly coincide almost to the day that XFL. will hold another supplemental draft right before TC opens.

Let the circus begin.

The Als have a high number of free agents like all teams, but if you look close, there is only a handful of priority free agents. I think they should look at bringing in another QB because the ship has sailed with their two backups. Especially if Jennings or Franklin are let go. Jones would know if Jennings still has potential.

Agreed. 100%

OL Andrew Erbes who was attended training camp last year, hinted that he may return to Montreal.

Apparently, Tony Washington does not believe in the current skillset of Shawn Lemon. After multiple exchanges that eventually included other CFL players, the two seemingly placed a $500 bet on whether Lemon could beat Washington in the trenches this upcoming season.

Perhaps a safe bet by Washington … at a soon to be 34 and coming off a nasty broken leg the Als could decide to go younger.

J’espère que Jeremiah Johnson a encore beaucoup de jus

We are not even sure Jeremiah Johnson wants to play football anymore as he was talking retirement after the last game of the season.

Obviously, the release of Stanback means him signing with an NFL club is imminent.

We knew Stanback wasn’t returning. Deslauriers has to find the next one.

By signing a futures deal,the American can join the Raiders roster once it expands from 53 to 90 players for the offseason on the first day of the NFL’s 2020 business year on March 18.

All the best to Stanback! But, he’s a big loss for us. :frowning:

It is quite the raise for him! $$

Chris Osei-Kusi (2019 4th rounder) gets two year contract … not earth-shattering but work getting done

Chris Osei-Kusi was actually signed December 30, 2019. Als just held onto the announcement for 17 days so they could bury the news that Spencer Wilson was released.