Gades NOT signing any Free Agents****

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MORE CONCERNED with taking care of their own business this off-season, the Renegades never did figure on being among the shoppers when the CFL free agency period officially begins at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

But then the list of players for sale shouldn't exactly spark a Midnight Madness rush, either.

The most attractive jewel on the shelves will be B.C. Lions import middle linebacker Barrin Simpson, who is expected to garner the interest of six clubs.

Also fielding calls will be Edmonton Eskimos import wide receiver Jason Tucker, who will probably be the second most appealing offensive player on the market.

HUDSON BALKS

The first should be Renegades centre George Hudson, who has balked at a lucrative multi-year offer from Ottawa that would not only make him the highest paid offensive lineman in the CFL, but also very likely the highest paid non-quarterback in the league.

That he hasn't signed it in the last two months indicates Hudson is headed out of Dodge. While there are at least three other teams interested in him, his most likely destination is believed to be Hamilton.

Also expected to make the move from the capital to Steeltown is running back Josh Ranek.

"We probably had more free agents than any other team in the league, an enormous amount," said Renegades GM Forrest Gregg, who has re-signed a group of seven that includes DBs Korey Banks, Da'Shann Austin, Donnavan Carter and Bo Rogers, linebackers Kyries Hebert and Jason Kralt, and punter Pat Fleming.

"A lot of contracts before we arrived were signed one and one (a year plus an option) and that keeps you hopping all the time. We're not doing that anymore, we're trying to sign our players to longer term deals, and because of that we don't figure to be active on the free-agent market.

"That's not to say if somebody comes along that interests us we won't go in that direction. But our plan is to not."

With the expected loss of Hudson, the Renegades have signed veteran lineman Chris Burns, who has already had two tours of duty in Ottawa. Burns, who was not re-signed by the Joe Paopao-regime, did not play last year.

Gregg also remains hopeful of re-signing Pascal Cheron, the team's starting right guard in 2005.

"He has an interest in coming back and we have an interest in him," said Gregg. "If we don't get him, that's the way it goes."

Veteran Mike Sutherland is expected to replace Hudson at centre, while Obby Khan is considered ready for prime time and could step in at Cheron's post.

Meanwhile, the Renegades may still offer contracts to DT Jerome Haywood and DB Quincy Coleman, but will first wait for an opinion on the two players from Rod Rust -- who will be announced as the team's new defensive co-ordinator later this month -- and his assistants.

Curiously, Ottawa is not expected to seriously participate in the Simpson sweepstakes, despite the fact they were sorely in need of a middle linebacker when Keaton Cromartie went down early last season.

"I think a lot of people are after him," Gregg said of Simpson, who like Tucker will command a salary of between $150,000-$200,000. "We're not going to be really active in that direction. He's a good football player and I'm not saying we'll get out altogether, but if you don't really compete for him you're not going to get him."

TRYOUT CAMPS

The Renegades have held tryout camps throughout the off-season and will bring in their own middle linebackers, as well as candidates who will compete to succeed Ranek.

"I think we have a good return guy, you could always use another, but we have signed a couple of guys we haven't announced yet that could fit that bill," Gregg said when asked if he had any interest in Keith Stokes, the sensational return specialist and second-down receiver of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"There are a few guys out there, but I don't think this is a huge (free-agent) year. Everyone has their own philosophy and we wanted to get our guys signed, we wanted to build a team so we don't have the big turnover every year."

They expect the fans to come back and they've done jack $hit to improve the team except lose a #1 running back and our center.

IF YOU WANT FANS TO COME BACK SHOW THEM THAT YOUR COMMITTED TO WINNING WE HAVENT HAD A WINNING SEASON SINCE 1979

if there was ever a time the Gades could make a free agent splash, it was this year, cuz the new Cap penalties arent in affect yet.....after this year, they can only sign 1 or 2 guys without goin over the Cap.

i suspect sabatoge....the gliebs know windsor is interested in a team, and windsor is as close to thier home in detroit as the CFL is ever gonna be.

if the gliebs run the Gades into the ground, they think they can re-locate to Winsdor.

Windsor Renegades?

...sound like you got it right ...drumming....it's sad seeing the Rens. tank out like they're doing.....unless they have some hidden talent coming on board....it won't be a great year in the Cap.

Hudson might look pretty good in green and gold as well.

....Hudson is going to ask for a lot of bucks....pushing the envelope and maybe a teams sal. cap....however he is a talented guy at his position.. I'm pretty sure the.Bombers will pass ...they picked up a winner off of the ALS. last year..Fianconi...who is good as Hudson... young and will be a star in the CFL soon... :wink:

GODDAMNIT!(KICKS THE COMUTER), ENOUNG OF THIS NEGATIVE "GADES ARE GONNA MOVE" SHIT !!! THEY WILL SUCCED IN OTTAWA!!!

AND WHAT IS THIS CRAP ABOUT THE G'S NOT SIGNING ANYBODY, IF THEY DON'T SOME TALENT THAT OTTAWA NEEDS, THEIR NUTS!!!

well, then u can say 'thier nuts'....

OK, THEIR NUTS, BUT BY GOD, I PRAY THE GADES MAKE THE PLAYOFFS IN 06 AND STAY IN OTTAWA!!! DAMNIT!!!

smoke, ok, I'm calm now.

u think the gades - with NO free agent singings, and a new coach with new system, and no star running back- are gonna beat out hamilton for the playoffs?!?!...........NOPE!

it's not Hamilton I'm worried about. (you really think they only need Maas?), it's who ever is in the 4th place in the West (except Winnipeg).

who do u think ottawa will beat out for a playoff spot?

definitely not montreal or toronto

hahaaha ha Confused now right KK

Montreal; hell no
Toronto: Maybe
Hamilton: will see
4th West Seed: if I was a Ottawa fan, I'd be looking at them as my competition for the Playoffs.

but I still love the CO.

Ticked off is more like it.

wow you are very cranky lately what is ticking you off. DG had a point who do you expect the gades to knock off? Hamilton, Montreal, Toronto ?

The no free agents thing, and D god's Gades moving thing he always brings up when Ottawa has bad news

They can knock out Ham, and the 4th seed in the West if they can have the ucess they always have in the frist half going into the second, they should make the layoffs and be knock out in the frist round.

Hamilton is making some decent moves this off-season. I wouldn't rule out Ranek going there.....if they keep it up, and Ottawa continues to do not much, then don't count on the Renegades making the playoffs.....

HUH?

anyone see that ad on TSN, about some ti-cat legend, who turned wrestler?....nice to hear the CFL get mentioned on tv during the offseason....and it was aired during the NFL pro-bowl....good stuff.

Huh! Well DG is right Windsor looks prime for the picking. And if the Gades fans do not follow the team or support the team this could actually happen. KK have you seen J Jenkins run team. It is like having a pillow fight but the other guy has bricks in the pillow case. Ottawa will have a very tough time this year and DG could be right. If they did not what the team to lose you could have picked better coaching for sure.