Arius, I have no clue who you are, but you are pretty darn articulate!!!
In terms of our quarterbacking situation, let's review the situation: When I arrived mid-season in 2006, we had Kerry Joseph and Marcus Crandall (33 and 32 back then), Rocky Butler and a young Darian Durant. On a 35-man negotiation list, however, we had only one future quarterback, DJ Shockley, albeit a very good prospect. DJ, however, had been drafted by the Falcons, and he's still with them as we approach 2009.
We could debate all night about the merits of trading Kerry, versus giving him the significant raise he sought, but let's save that for an evening when I have time. The same for the Marcus Crandall situation, which I disagree with you on in some regards. In fact, I suspect we have strong disagreements on both fronts, but, hey, that's part of football. But, as to your specific question (via your last paragraph), we now have nine quaterbacks on our negotiation list...which is a strength in numbers, in talent, and, most importantly, includes players who are very likely to play in the CFL at some point in their professional careers becuase of size, skill set, etc. They are as follows (listed alpha):
CJ Bacher...Nothwestern...just finished his senior season. Probable NFL free agent.
Chase Daniels...Missouri...just finished his senior season. Will be drafted late, or a free agent.
Brian Johnson...Utah...just finished his senior season. Will be drafted late, or a free agent.
Bryant Lee...Southern...just completed his junior season. Shorter than listed, but very talented.
Kellen Lewis...Indiana...just completed an injury plagued junior season (high ankle sprain), but is a terrific young player, as evidenced by his phenomenal junior year.
Todd Reesing...Kansas...just completed his junior season. Only 5-10 and one of the top players in US collegiate football.
DJ Shockley...Georgia/Atlanta Falcons...still playing in the NFL.
Paul Smith...Tulsa...currently on the Jaguars practice roster. Made it as an undrafted free agent, but height (6-1) works against him long term.
Russell Wilson...North Carolina State...as a freshman, was just named ACC offensive player of the year. Superb athlete and passer, but under six feet.
Neg lists are not normally distributed, but it is at each team's discretion. Out of respect, we certainly do not speak to other teams protected lists...that's for them to determine. And, I will not acknowledge the remaining 26 players we have protected (at a variety of positions), but, I'm willing to share one element here because so many questions have been asked about our quarterbacking situation...past, present and future. As such, I hope this allows you, the fans who pay our salaries, to see we do very much, in fact, have a strong plan for the future. Sometimes, though, it requires patience. And, of the many good things we inherited from the previous regime, future planning at quarterback was not one of them. That is not a slap at Roy, who did many, many good things, and improved the Riders greatly during his tenure, but, the truth is, we inherited two older "bridge guys to the future," Kerry (who played very well for us) and Marcus...and one guy we felt had the potential to possibly develop into a starter (Darian). Rocky Butler, who was a nice young person, you probably remember, we traded to Hamilton for DJ Flick and Wayne Smith.
By the way, Dalton Bell, who I alluded to in an earlier post as an intriguing prospect, is a young qb we signed via our neg list just a few months back. So, the neg list is important. At some point in the past, guys like Kent Austin, Matt Dunigan, Danny McManus, etc, were "names" on neg lists.
Suffice it to say, though, long term, we feel our future at quarterback is going to be very, very bright!!! And, whether it's Darian, Steven or Dalton this year (or a combination), we feel they, along with the nine listed above, position our club for a high degree of success in the next 8-12 years.