REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed National offensive lineman Jamal Campbell.
Campbell (six-foot-five, 292 pounds) was selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the third round, 22nd overall, of the 2016 CFL Draft and went on to play six seasons with his hometown team, suiting up for 59 games.
Yes, very good signing. The OL doesn't look La"Bad". Dunno about Brendan. Cup's in Regina so maybe he wants back in for this year. Do Riders want him? Could have used him last year - coming 36, only played 8 games in 2019, missed 2 years. Also prefers LT & so does top FA signing last year Johnson. Awkward all the way around IMO.
CAP space is irrelevant until the final rosters in June. However, based upon a CAP of $5.3MM this year 3DownNation projected each team's spending at this point & the Riders are under by about 230K placing them 7th in spending. Here's the comments on the Riders from the site if you're interested.
"Yes, even after sinking [$255,000 into Duke Williams] the Saskatchewan Roughriders appear to have some money to play with.
As it stands, the Riders’ savings come from the relative inexperience of their defensive line and secondary, where most returnees from last season are making near the league minimum. That’s part of what makes it feasible for two starting-calibre middle linebackers in Darnell Sankey ($110,000) and Larry Dean ($84,500) [to make the roster at the same time.
More of the savings have been spent in retaining receivers Kyran Moore and [Shaq Evans] ($130,000) for the benefit of Cody Fajardo, but the Riders have the wiggle room they need [if Brendon LaBatte wants to mount a comeback."
I’m aware of this. Still, teams only have so much to spend on proven linemen (starters) like Labatte, Clark, Johnson, etc.
As for that cap article on 3DN… A whole lot of spitballing went into that piece imo.
Well, of course, Sask. They're basically guessing what the final roster looks like. But you & I can make a pretty good guess on who's going to be part of the roster, veteran wise, & you can fill in the blanks with names who likely are at the league minimum or will be replaced by prospects similarly priced. The guys who have the most impact, dollarwise, likely don't change. If LaBatte is interested with the Cup @ home, do the Riders make room for the hometown hero or does this end up like the Andrew Harris situation & say goodbye? If so, LaBatte, unlike Harris, likely retires.
I was surprised to learn O’Day was giving Labatte time to decide. If the past is any indication, he really isn’t one for waiting on player decisions (see Cameron Judge). But given this recent signing, and considering the veterans he’s let walk this offseason, I doubt O’Day has the cap space 3DN projects.
Unless the hometown hero is prepared to give a hometown discount, I somehow doubt Labatte will return. But hey, I’m just spitballing too. I sincerely hope I’m wrong.
The veterans that walked walked because that is is what they wanted to do... No cajoling or$$ would have change their minds. Every team has this happen every season. it is the nature of the cfl and the contracts that are popular with the players. it is not a league with a lot cash to throw around in order to buy loyalty
I think this is what Saskwatch was referring to. I realize players walk from teams every year, but to say no amount of $ would have changed things is just blatant "fake news." The world has become overridden with this shi t because of careless postings like this, usually made after a few pints have set in.