Les ne sais pas :
-MATTE Kristian (j’espère qu’il prendra sa retraite)
-TUCK James (le rôle de centre-arrière est très ingrat et difficile à juger)
Heureusement beaucoup de joueurs étoiles sont encore sous contrat. Avant l’ouverture du marché, la priorité de Maciocia devrait être de garder un maximum de joueurs, principalement en défense. Après l’ouverture du marché, la priorité de Maciocia devrait être d’améliorer la ligne offensive.
Agree with most of this list but I would add Gagnon, good serviceable back up to POL, and Antwi, good RB and special teamer. I’ve said elsewhere too that while I agree not all the OL that are FA are coming back, we’ll certainly need some of them back. Gibbons still has potential. We gave up on Jacob Ruby too early and he certainly has gone on to be good.
Let’s hope that Beverette, Lemon and Stanky are all re-signed. Will not be surprised if it’s before end of 2023. If there is a note from Joey, it must be because the conversations are positive. Stanback will have to agree to a major salary reduction. I do think that he will return
Good news about Lemon, Sankey, and Beverette. Let’s hope deals get done soon.
Some guy interviewed by Didier on RDS said he’d walk away from Lemon because Uguak is an emerging star. LMAO. I mean, yes, I do think Uguak has star potential, but this guy doesn’t seem to realize that you need two good defensive ends, not one, even if you’re running a 30 front most snaps. I can’t see how you look at Lemon’s production for us and think he’s disposable or replaceable. He contributed individually, he made the whole D-line better, and he made the whole team better (according to multiple players) through his leadership. Being 35, he knows he’s not going to get a long-term deal, so the risk is low if we bring him back for one more year.
Sankey and Beverette, yes, please sign. Key pieces of our defence and they’re still in their physical prime.
I wouldn’t be so quick to discard Stanback. Yes, he’ll have to accept a lower salary, but he is a veteran, a good team guy, effective as a short-range receiver, and he knows Maas’s system. He was a significant contributor in our Grey Cup win despite clearly being injured (left arm was in some kind of flexible brace for the whole game and he seemed to aggravate it late in the fourth quarter).
I would bring back Stanback at a reduced cap hit, cut ties with Fletcher, and go looking for a young American back to understudy and eventually replace Stanback. Alternatively, we could say goodbye to Stanback, re-sign Fletcher, and do the same scouting for a young American back. I wouldn’t hate that option either. It depends on what Maas and Calvillo prefer. Do they want a bruising back (Stan) or a Cobourne-style back (Fletcher)? What fits their system better?