Gauthier, Barnes released

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Finally some rosters moves by the Riders. Here’s the official release:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed a pair of import receivers to the roster – Jason Chery and Taj Smith. Financial details of the signings were not released. The Riders also announced they have released import receiver Freddie Barnes and non-import offensive lineman Alexandre Gauthier.

Chery (5’11 – 189 lbs) most recently spent time with the Hartford colonials of the UFL. Prior to that, the 26-year-old spent time with the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Chery played four years at Louisiana-Lafayette where he finished his college career with 106 catches for 1,379 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had 46 carries for 521 yards and five touchdowns. Also had 80 kickoff returns for 1,607 yards and one touchdown.

Smith (6’1 – 198 lbs) was most recently a member of the Indianapolis Colts prior to be released in September, 2011. The 28-year-old was originally signed to the Colts’ practice roster in September, 2008. He appeared in five games for the Colts in 2010 where he played mostly on special teams and added four tackles, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt. His first taste of the NFL came when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in early 2008. He appeared in one preseason game where he caught two passes for 23 yards. Smith spent two seasons at Syracuse where he tallied 56 receptions for 1,049 yards and eight touchdowns. Also added ten carries for 84 yards and one touchdown.

Barnes signed as a free agent with the Riders in August, 2011 and appeared in one game for the team while spending the remainder of the season on the practice roster.

Gauthier signed as a free agent with the Riders in February, 2011. He started all 18 regular season games for the Riders at left tackle

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Looks like another RB in the mix.

the release of Alexandre Gauthier will free up some cap room and allow one of he multiple youngsters the Riders have a shot on OL. I thought he was around 130K.... He was actually making 150K

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oh...and yeah, I was a little surprised when I saw Barnes get the axe...the Riders have a lot of import WRs though. He did however have a very impressive college portion of his career though...gotta wonder if new staff didn't see eye to eye with him or something.

I was pretty impressed with the college record that Barnes had too... he didn't get more than a few snaps of game action did he? I seem to remember an interview with him about being excited to finally be getting a shot to play at the end of the year... and then he wasn't even put on the roster hmmm...

That one kinda surprised me too!

Yeah. Barnes got caught up in Mr. Miller's loyalty based approach to players like Dinwiddie and such. Not sure what receivers deserved nobody got a chance to see what Mr. Barnes could do.

So disapointed that we can't get a good lookat Freddie. But these 2 new receivers look good as well and you can only have so many roster spots. Barnes likely got caught in a numbers game.

Take it for what it is worth, but I have heard that Barnes asked to be released. That's the rumour at least.

If someone doesn't want to be here, he can leave as far as I'm concerned, there are plenty that do.

Gauthier gone? Taman's an idiot.