So it is quite apparent that so far the Riders have had the lamest off-season. We finally replaced our OC which is good. All other news regarding the Riders has either been coach leaves for greener pastures or my personal favourite..... Riders would be interested in Garcia if he becomes available. Can't wait till that almost happens but falls through at the last second after we have cut some talent to make way for the payroll involved. But some serious questions for you.....
Should DB and Roy agree to release Jamal Richardson so he is eligible for the NFL draft? My personal opinion is that they should. I think he is a great receiver with even greater potential. His agent has promised that if he is not drafted he will return for less money and more years no questions asked. Chances are he won't get drafted. If he does though... good for him. If we don't release him and allow this to happen, he will grudgingly play out his option year with the Riders and take the first train out. Receivers is one of our weekest positions, but Richardson makes it stronger (in my opinion, I know a few people don't think he is very good). I think pissing them off is a bad idea. If he does get drafted that is a good indication that he would have signed a free agent contract next season anyway so at least this way he stays happy with the Rider organization in case he ever returns to the CFL.
I have heard that Daved Benefield and Travis Moore will not be welcome back for training camp. Is this a stupid mistake? Benefield is getting to the point when he should probably think about retiring before he leaves on a bad note. Quit while you are ahead. But Moore is still one of our top receivers. I was mad that he was on the sidelines all of last year while guys like Karsten Bailey were half assing it to where they felt the ball should have been. Then after an idle season, he comes off the bench for injury relief and lights the opposing defense up. Now we are cutting him when we really need receivers. I am all about teaching young guys the way, but if nothing else, he is a great teacher. For his sake, I hope someone else picks him up. And for the Riders sake, I hope this doesn't come back to bite up in the ass. I think it would be funny if the Bombers picked him up and he and Stegall showed the CFL world that with age comes wisdom of the game.
That is all. I am just bored and it seems all Rider fans have taken the off-season off so at least this way I can read my own post if I want to think that at least someone cares about them.
P.S. Is it just me, or is Hamilton going to be a very formidable foe this year?