There was a roster freeze on teams immediately after the Grey Cup this season.
Also there is a trading freeze starting Dec. 9 and ending draft day Dec.15.
To stop teams from manipulating rosters prior to draft day.
CFL Official Feed ? @CFL
Follow @CFL_HorsemenTeams can’t cut anybody who closes the season on their roster until after the XDraft. Players can be signed during that time.
CFL Official Feed ? @CFL
Follow @CFL_HorsemenAlso, trades can be made between Grey Cup and Dec 9th. From Dec 9th to Dec 16th no trades allowed.
Just 3 days left for teams to make trades for QB's like Collaros , Tate or Willy or other quality players who would otherwise be unprotected.
Neil King? Although they will want a second Canadian safety to back up Stephan, King was exposed greatly in the Grey Cup with Stephan out.
Hamilton has a couple of other Canadian Safeties that got stashed away. Another rookie from Western Harold Mutolba played in one game than went to the 9 game to keep him with the team practicing. Also still have Bucknor under contract. He has been used as a CB with some success but could move to safety and has plenty of experience now.
Delahunt needs to be protected. Has the potential to be a top TE if he already wasn't in his rookie year and a guy that Ottawa could take. He is a great blocker and playing TE in the NCAA could mature into a receiver type like Lavoi.
Interesting to compare Justin Dunk's list with Drew Edwards' -- basically the same with these three exceptions -- Dunk includes+ Banks and Norwood over Edwards' prediction of Bowman and Boudreaux -- and Dunk predicts King to be protected over Edwards' 6th NIP pick Hazime.
I would hope Austin approached Delahunt about how important playing, at home, in Ottawa would be to him. Protecting him now, if he's likely to head home whenever he becomes a F.A. wouldn't make much sense.
Kevin Scott, a F.A. in February, is another Cat from Ottawa who might well be hoping to join the twocolours.
On Espo's comment, five above, "Can't imagine more than 1 QB will be taken in the draft period" -- I can't imagine that 2 QB's will not be taken.
I tell you this if Ottawa does take Demarco that puts BC in a real bind. They will have no young QBs with any experience which they have brought through there system. Depending on Buck Pierce to buy time until they due is a real gamble, and the lack of showing any kind of interest in letting Elliot see the field that attitude may have to change..
In fact Jordan Yantz of territorial VI Raiders and now CFL rule one Canadian QB in camp has the most experience with the Lions through more than one training camp
Pierce is only 32 and Lulay is only 30. Unless there are surprises in Lulay’s shoulder rehab, he has many many years ahead of him. DeMarco didn’t join the Lions until spring of 2012, so they only have two years invested in him so far. BC would probably prefer to keep him, but it’s not the end of the world if they lose him. Also, BC will have a new OC this year, so there will be a new set of personality and system adjustments next spring anyway.
I don't think it should be a problem but the way the BC and Buono have operated it was a problem last year.
Elliot had shown he can play in the CFL and with a bad team in 2012 had 2 or 3 good games including players of the week in about 5 starts. Just giving the job to Demarco, who was clearly overwhelmed, instead of giving Elliot a chnce to at least be a game manager and use the weapons he had. It was not even a though of ever using him.
It did not work out in Winnipeg but he is still younger side and ceratinly has the ability to be a good number two QB.
If Ottawa can still get a Canadian they want even with an extra two protected they will take Demaco
He also played a tough gritty game almost upsetting the BC Lions at home in 2012 when the Lions were clearly the class of the league at that time and the Bombers were terrible so not everything needs to have a negative spin with Elliot.
Unlike Demarco he did not roll over and play dead when facing a superior defense like Demarco did down the stretch.