TORONTO — When the news broke on Monday evening that McLeod Bethel-Thompson would remain a Toronto Argonaut, it seemed that one of the last remaining big fish in the pending free agent market had been hauled out of the water.
It's those 'under the radar' quarterbacks that caught my attention. Canadian Michael O’Connor is a 'Hugnagel pick' so that gives him instant cred. Walters might already be contacting him with an offer as we speak. We know what we'd be getting with Nichols... a 'game manager' which is just fine for a backup. Shiltz would be more of a 'game changer' but he might be a tad pricey for our Cap challenged club. Our noses are pressed against the shop window for now.
I'm going to be very interested in seeing who BC brings in for the QB position. Sounds like Rourke will be given every opportunity to run with the starter's job, will that push Harris & Masoli away? Nichols starter days are over IMHO, but might be a decent mentor for Rourke. If Nichols then they better plan a bit further down the road. Getting someone over 30yo would only be a short term patch. We need to look to the future in BC, now is the time to address that. Seeing only Rourke & Kevin Thomson(ZERO pro experience) listed as QBs for the Lions right now is pretty concerning.
If you guys go 'all in' with Rourke (which is what I'd do) then you'll find yourself with more Cap space than any other team in the league. This might be one those rare instances where a team that tries to buy its way to a championship actually manages to do so without violating their Cap limit.
Agreed. I have to think they will need to bring in a vet, even if it’s Nichols as a mentor. They won’t be breaking the bank with him but might with Masoli or Harris. What Ottawa wants and does and perhaps Edmonton should have a bearing. We’ll see if BC gets out ahead on this or waits to see who is left.