In 6 or 7 days from now, CFL rookies will report to CFL teams for beginning of training camp; veterans will report May 30,2015 and official training camps will begin the next day.
Based on information as of today, I am listing the departures pf players per team when compared to rosters when teams had their last games in 2014. Departures include: Trades of players, retirements, releases and players becoming free agents and signing with another team. I only include the departures.
The 2014-2015 off-season departures,as of today,were:
Hamilton 4 i.e. 3 on offense and 1 on defence.Key departures were: Int. CB Delvin Breaux and Nat. WR Samuel Giguère.
Montreal 4,all on offense. Key departures were: Nat. G Ryan Bomben and Int WR Duron Carter.
Calgary 6 i.e. 4 on offense and 2 on defence. Key departures were:Nat C Brett Jones, Int OT Stanley Bryant,Int. WR Maurice Price,Int. SB Nik Lewis and Int. DE Shawn Lemon.
Edmonton 8, i.e. 3 on offense,3 on defence and 2 on special teams. Key departures were: Nat G Matthew O'Donnell,Int SB Fred Stamps, Int LB Reggie Curran,Int. CB Joe Burnett,Nat S Chris Rwabukamba and P/K Hugh O'Neil.
Ottawa 9 i.e. 4 on offense, 3 on defence and 2 on special teams.key departure was: Jasper Simmons.
BC 11, i.e. 5 on offense, 5 on defence and 1 on special teams. Key departures were: Int. QB Kevin Glenn,Int.RB/KR Stefan Logan,Int. SB Ernest Jackson,Int. DT Khalif Mitchel,Int.DT Eric Taylor and Int. P Ricky Schmitt.
Toronto 14 i.e. 9 on offense and 5 on defence. Key departures were: Int. OT SirVincent Rogers,Int. WR John Chiles,Int. RB Steve Slaton,Nat. SB Mike Bradwell,Nat. WR Spencer Watt and Nat. LB Shea Emry.
Winnipeg 16 i.e. 10 on offense and 6 on defence. Key departures were:Int. OT Glen January,Nat. G Steve Morley, Nat. OL Gord Hinse, Nat. SB Corey Watson,Int. LB Ian Wild and Int LB/DB Johnny Sears Jr.
Saskatchewan 18, i.e. 6 on offense,10 on defence and 2 on special teams. Key departures were:Nat C Dominic Picard, Nat OT Ben Heenan,Nat. DE Ricky Foley,Nat. DE David Lee, Int. LB Brian Peters,Nat. LB Sam Hurl,Int. LB Diamond Ferri and Nat. P Josh Bartel.
Based on these departures, there will definitely be many new-not only rookies- on teams such as Ottawa,BC,Toronto,Winnipeg and Saskatchewan. In many instances, players gone have been well replaced by signings of free agents.
A great 2015 season to all CFL fans.