Only a few hours before the FA deadline, and I'm a little concerned that we are the only team who has not signed any of our own FAs, and there are quite a few of them.
I think our first priority is to replace the key pieces we are going to lose, and unless there are some announcements coming this morning, that's a pretty big list. Here is my priority:
Kicker / Punter - If we lose ours, there is little available, only one NI punter (Dales). This is a critical part of the game.
Oline - We lost Rottier and Jimenez has not signed - We need sign a NI lineman (possibly Labatte or Picard), and may need to find a tackle if not just for depth purposes. I suspect we will try to draft some NI lineman in the draft (you can never have enough). Hopefully we can find some local ones that want to work close to home.
Dline - Hickman gone, KirK FA - If we lose these guys there will be a big hole in the defense. We need to sign at least one NI player in this position, or keep Kirk as little is available. We can probably find an Import, but not one at Hickman's level, or could sign Hunt.
DB - We need a veteran DB to help out these young kids. This has not been addressed for too long, and I believe this has become a more vital position in the CFL. Byron Parker would be a nice addition.
The more I look at this list the more I realize there is a lot of work to do to keep things at the same level. I hope we are able to bring in a strong group of Import recruits to fill in the holes, as I think there could be many after Free Agency is complete.