What drives me nuts are people who don't understand that this kind of deal happens all the time. There are probably two or three other "under-the-table" deals in the league right now that no one knows about. I don't know if Maas is coming here or not -- I think he is -- but whether he was part of the Davis trade or not, the fact is that this kind of thing is not unusual, especially between two :mrgreen: bestest buddies like Hughie and Ronnie.
Without Davis, the Esks would have lost yesterday...without Maas, the Esks would have lost yesterday...if Edmonton wins the Grey Cup, it's because of Hamilton. That's why the Riders were so pissed off about the deal when it happened. They knew there was something going on that was not being released to the media.
And Yeast#5, "future considerations" do not hinge upon a player's performance. What you're thinking of is a "conditional draft pick", where the better the player does the higher the draft pick the team gets in return. "Future considerations" are kind of like the CFL's version of a Christmas fruitcake: they get bounced around from one team to another, traded from you to me, then me to him, then him to you again, with none of us ever actually touching it. If Maas was a part of this deal, it was not "future considerations"; it was an under-the-table agreement that a trade would be made at the end of the year. As I said, these deals happen all the time, and no one would ever back out of one.
I wouldn't be surprised if they also agreed on a handshake that, come free agent season, Hamilton would not bid for Davis, and Edmonton would not bid for Brock Ralph. That would be a good arrangement for Edmonton, because, while Davis would consider coming back to the Ticats, and such a deal would eliminate one of Edmonton's main rivals for his services, everyone has jumped to the conclusion that Ralph will be joining the Stampeders next season; so the Esks probably aren't interested in bidding on him anyway, and they're assuming that he won't be back with the Cats.