The fact that Nyhus, a hometown boy who grew up watching the Riders, not only turned down a contract and chance to be a local hero, and apparently might prefer to give up football entirely rather than play here... one has to wonder if different management/coaching might have changed that outcome.
One also has to wonder, if HE, of all people, doesn’t want to play for these guys, who will?
I think Kelly and Harris are the only QB's left. Hamilton likely will release someone and if there has been interest in Cody it's been kept quiet.
I can't understand though this thing with focusing on one guy while leaving a bunch of free agents unsigned. Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal and the Riders still have a ton of work to do and only a couple weeks to do it.
It seems the 2 options left if they dont seek to re sign Cody are evans or Kelly via the trade route.
Kelly will cost more with a cap friendly contract and future potential. Evans had a great season prior, but last year he and Cody both fell from their peak seasons.
Evans also struggled with the pressure and regina will.be more intense for sure. That and he has a cap unfriendly contract given his last.season so.any team.trading for.him will.need bye in to re negotiate Kelly will cost a bunch in a trade ..... Evans not so much
Riders would likely have to trade for Dane Evans if they want him.
Issue here is Evans' contract for 2023. If his $170,000 off-season bonus were in January or early February, the Ti-Cats would have to make a decision on his status for the up-coming season. Instead, the $170,000 bonus comes in the form of Report to Training & Pass a Physical which means Hamilton could just hold onto his rights until May 14 and then release him. If the Riders want Evans as their #1, they would need to get him under contract earlier than that.
If Mitchell indeed signs with Hamilton, then I'd expect Saskatchewan to pick up Evans.
Fajardo, I could see signing in Toronto, if Bethel-Thompson retires. Makes the most sense to both parties. Cody's best chance to compete to start, and Argos get a veteran to push Chad Kelly.