Chick played very well for us last year, but has been largely invisible this year. In fact, I noticed that Tracy played most snaps in Chick's place in our last game, even though Chick wasn't hurt.
This is a smart move because this year is toast, and we get a high draft pick next year, and free up room under the salary cap. Plus, we can start auditioning new, younger, cheaperDefensive Ends who can now compete with Tracy for Chick's spot (i.e. upcoming NFL cuts).
Tillman did a great job getting such a high draft pick in this trade, given that Chick was being paid big bucks by Hamilton.
Chick now has a legit shot at the Grey Cup, so I'm sure he isn't too disappointed at being moved.
I expect that Tillman is far from done in the trade department. Over the bye week, I would be shocked if Banks, Gable and Xavier Fulton weren't also dealt to Grey Cup contending teams for high draft picks. These are players on the way out in Hamilton who would be good rentals for clubs gearing up for a run at a Championship.
Chick is signed thru the 2018 season, which at the end of that season he will be 36 years old.
His contract is for $160K not including bonuses.
Getting a 2nd rounder for Chick is a very fair return IMHO. Drew Edwards?Verified account
Hearing that the #Ticats two-year deal with Chick is in $160K per season range.
8:22 AM - 28 Jan 2016
[ltr]@Morley_Scott[/ltr] 19m19 minutes ago #Esks QB Mike Reilly will be happy. Told me earlier this year that of the 5 hardest hits he has ever taken - John Chick had 3 of them. #CFL
That is going to be tough for some fans to swallow, especially Banks if he were to go. I am curious what the plans will be for some of the more prominent roles. I know at the game many in my section were calling for Masoli, I know there is frustration with Collaros and oddly it seemed as if Masoli was given more time by the O-Line than they gave Collaros.
It's not throwing in the towel it's getting rid of the underperforming players.
It's exactly what the fans wanted, and what is needed, a rebuild.
Chick has bounced around the CFL since his best years with the Riders.
More veterans will be given the axe in the next couple of weeks to make way for NFL cuts
Posters to this forum will be terribly conflicted about this trade. On the one hand, Chick was a starter for the Tiger-Cats, so they hated him.
On the other hand, it will take only a week or two for him to start making it onto those nostalgic lists of former Ticats who now play for other teams but somehow "weren't good enough" to stay with our team.
As a CFL veteran of 6 or more years, Chick would have to be paid for the full season if he was releasedanytime after the first 9 games. In this case, being traded to EDM, they just pick up his contract, as it exists. It was extended, by the Cats, back in May, to include the 2018 season.
I know Canadian depth is important, and good teams always build that depth through the draft. But damn, it's hard to get excited about this. Just took a look back at our second round picks in the Austin/Tillman regime.
2017- Braden Schram - Too early, hasn't played yet.
2016- Mercer Timmis - Depth running back/special teams. Still early, but hasn't done much.
2015- Jay Langa - Special teams player.
2014- Evan Gill - Constantly injured.
2013- Brent Urban - Went to the NFL, will never play here.
None of those guys have had much of an impact on the team. In fact, if you take a look at the first round picks, it's not much different.
2017- Connor McGough - Has actually played, looks good so far.
2016- Brandon Revenberg - Solid pick.
2015- Byron Archambault - Retired after playing 10 games due to injury.
2014 -Beau Landry- Special teams while he was here, left to Calgary in free agency.
2013- Lindon Gaydosh- Appeared in a handful of games, never made much of an impact. Several injuries, recently signed by Toronto.
I guess the question is, are we just terrible at drafting? And if we are, should we continue letting VP Austin be in control of the draft going forward?
From a fan perspective, hard to get excited for trades like this when you see that the return is what's shown above.