I do think that it's quite early to judge Kavis Read on moves that have been made to date. Let's wait. This does not mean that I agree 100% with the moves made, but Kavis inherited a team that had high paid players such as Chip Cox, Winston Venable, Bear Woods, S.J. Green, Jeff Perret, Nik Lewis and Stefan Logan.
Kavis wanted to sign a veteran QB and 2 veteran Int. tackles; he definitely knew that if he succeeded, he would have to make moves, release some high paid salaries and forget about the re-signings of some of the high paid players. I am positive that his plan/ his vision was discussed when he was interviewed for his position; I am also positive that he was told that he could not have an unlimited number of players on 6 game injured list, because there were no funds available, within the cap, for players on 1 game injured list. That's what happened last season. For almost all of last season, players injured were automatically added to 6 game injured list since it had no impact on max. cap but major impact on Mr. Wetenhall.
When you make decisions and sign players you don't know what the future holds and you expect that unknown factors won't impact these decisions. An injury, play of a or rookies may alter in late May or early June your March plans.
When Ryan Phillipps was signed in February, the thoughts were that he would be the starting safety; at that time, the plans were to play 2 Nat. DL, since 2 Int. offensive tackles were to start; hence the signings of Westerman, Shologan, Oramasionwu and the re-signing of Klassen. When Oramasionwu and Klassen were released-medical or other reasons- before training camp started the plan to start Phillipps at S went overboard. Let's hope that Chris Ackie will have a good season.
I was surprised when Shortill was traded for Plesius, but let's wait before saying it was a bad decision. The fact that he is listed number 3 on training camp roster means nothing to me; as a veteran, I understand that Nicolas Boulay is ahead of him.
Early in free agency, the Als had a $400,000 QB on roster, had traded for and signed Olafioye, had signed Alfred Jackson,still had S.J. Green and Bear woods on roster and had re-signed Kabriel Knapton to a new and quite more expensive salary; they then knew that they could not afford Cash and Venable; even more understandable with Cask, since the plan was to play 2 Nat. DT's. Presently I have no problem with Drew in place of Cash.
Like every one else I was surprised by the release of Bear Woods after the first day of training camp. Yes, the timing of his release was bad, but is there a good timing to release a good and popular player; yes, the timing of his release was bad, but his situation/ possible release was discussed during the off-season and more after the mini- camp in Florida.Both Jacques Chapdelaine and Noel Thorpe agreed with the decision, but not with the timing. AS I said, his release was previously discussed; Kavis Reed did not wake up last Monday morning and said "I have to release Bear Woods this morning". He probably had a long night/ short sleep. While excess of max. cap is not an issue in the off-season, I am positive that dollars, past injuries and play of Sarao were factors explaining this release. Time will prove if it was a good or the best decision. One thing I know for sure, is that the Als now have much more room/flexibility/funds available for players on 1 game injured list and practice roster.
At this time of the upcoming season, my only concern is Darian Durant/ the play at the QB position. All CFL teams have improved and wins will be tough to come by; as the Als, the good or bad 2017 season will depend on the play of the QB's.