The Toronto Argonauts traded Steven Jyles, Grant Shaw & the 2nd overall pick to the Edmonton Eskimos for Ricky Ray.
Ricky Ray gave the Argos something they have not had in ALONG time.... A starting QB.
Currently, almost EVERY CFL fan says the Ricky Ray trade was a HUGE bust for Edmonton.
But honestly i dont thinks so. Edmonton had a GLARING need at Kicker. They're biggest need as a franchise has been at kicker, ever since Sean Fleming retired. Former GM Danny Mac made BRUTAL moves trying to find a replacement. Getting the second overall pick in the deal and turning that into Austin Plastor (OL) and Ryan King (LS) was good long term for Edmonton. Now of course Steven Jyles was a HUGE bust. But if Steven Jyles would have played even half decend all year, the Eskimos would have finished in 2nd place. And in a completely different spot heading into the playoffs.
Ricky Ray is a great QB, dont get me wrong. But having a player make $500,000 a season hurts your team too much on the salary cap ($4.25 Million). That is why Edmonton, and now Toronto face MAJOR problems when injuries occur. And another reason why Cory Boyd was released from Toronto. Currently, Ricky Ray makes $425,000 or more for Toronto. But after this Grey Cup run, and possible Championship.. Ricky Ray will once again be up over the $450,000 to $500,000 range. Which is a major concern for Toronto retooling in the offseason. But in the end, a QB trade FINALLY worked out for Toronto, after trading away top picks for Kerry Joseph, bust. And then Steven Jyles, bust.
If Ricky Ray was in Edmonton, yes maybe Edmonton would be in the Grey Cup or at least have alot better record this season. But come the off-season, something would have to give.... with Ray gone, and $450,000+ off the books, Edmonton can keep LB JC Sherritt, DE Marcus Howard, DB Weldon Brown, etc etc. And build a MUCH stronger team overall.
So in the end, im happy for Ricky Ray. He was not loved in Edmonton and got a new start in Toronto. And although fans in Edmonton say they never wanted him gone, we all know in 2009, 2010.. majority of fans wanted him gone. When you listen to pod casts from Edmonton Sports Shows & Post Game Shows after Eskimo games, majority of fans WANTED Ricky Ray gone. It was even all over facebook, twitter, etc. Now that he's gone, they play the "i didnt say that", "no one ever said that" game. And honestly its funny. We all know the truth.
So hopefully Ricky Ray can win another Grey Cup. The 100th Grey Cup. And go into the Hall of Fame with another ring on his finger. Oh, and also do Edmonton another favor and beat rival Calgary!