[b]The Riders have drawn a line in their negotiations with holdout offensive tackle Josiah St. John, who has yet to appear at training camp.
St. John, the first overall pick in the 2016 CFL draft out of the University of Oklahoma, is at a contract impasse with the Riders. Essentially, he wants more money and a longer contract than what the Riders are offering.
St. John’s holdout may extend for a long time, at least based on what John Murphy said on CKRM’s Sportscage on Wednesday. The Riders’ assistant vice-president of football operations and player personnel said the Riders “won’t negotiate with holdouts.’’ That’s not a good sign that St. John will be in camp anytime soon.
Chris Jones, the Riders’ general manager and head coach, initially declined Thursday to comment on St. John’s status, preferring to talk about players who are with the team. Jones added that St. John’s representative (agent Johnathon Hardaway) has “made it very tough on us.’’
St. John’s camp has apparently responded to the impasse by demanding a trade, according to Justin Dunk of cfl.ca. Dunk added that the Riders haven’t given St. John’s agent permission to seek a trade with a CFL team and aren’t considering a deal at this point.[/b]
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