As there was some controversy over the release of this information to the unwashed, I thought I would see if anyone outside the Rider nation cares.
Should ET have released the info in the first place, and should the Leader-post have printed it?
Tillman posts negotiation list
Darrell Davis, The Leader-Post
Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Trying to provide online fans with extra information about his CFL team, general manager Eric Tillman recently posted the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ confidential 35-player negotiation list on Riderville.com.
"(Revealing players on a negotiation list) has been done at the discretion of the teams,’’ said Tillman. "Each club handles it differently.
"I did put our list on Riderville.com as a perk for our subscribers. But out of respect for the people in our league, I won’t do that anymore.’’
After a paid subscriber sent the list to the Leader-Post, Tillman was contacted during a scouting trip through the southern U.S. and asked if he would rate some of the top prospects.
With the possibility that he could be reprimanded by the CFL, Tillman requested that for the sake of accuracy and diplomacy, one player be removed from the list because he had been released and signed by another CFL team. He also agreed to discuss the potential of some players named by the Leader-Post.
Each CFL team has exclusive negotiating rights to the players on their list. Most of the players are future prospects, some coming from U.S. colleges and others who have spent time with pro teams in NFL Europe, Arena league and NFL teams. The majority of the players are imports, although there are sometimes unsigned, undrafted, non-imports who appear on neg lists.
The eight teams regularly make changes to their negotiation lists, such as when a player is signed or looks like he won’t be playing in the CFL.
"Our list is structured toward the future,’’ Tillman said. "The vast majority of this year’s work is done, so the rest of the list is looking ahead to midway through 2007 or 2008.
"I wouldn’t expect any more than four or five of the players on this list to be at training camp.’’
Tillman was asked specifically about these players:
Quarterback D.J. Shockley (Georgia) – "He’s a seed (former general manager) Roy Shivers planted on our list a long time ago. He’s with the (NFL’s Atlanta) Falcons and could play in the NFL, or he could be in the CFL in three or four years. Because of the huge demand for quarterbacks throughout football, it requires a lot of patience to see if he works out.’’
Running back Jamal Robertson (Ohio Northern) – "Played in Calgary and has been with four NFL teams. When he first came up here there was a buzz among the coaching fraternity that he was really going to be a player.’’
Linebacker Sam Olajubutu (Arkansas) – "A character guy who has great instincts. He’s a tackling machine. He can cover running backs and make plays all over the field. At 5-(foot)-8, 230 (pounds) he’s undersized for the NFL, but he plays like (long-time NFL linebacker) Sam MIlls. In the NFL they say no because of a guy’s size; that’s what happened to Doug Flutie.’’
Punter Thomas Olmstead (Troy State) – "We’re looking at him at this point, but we might not be later. We’re looking at the possibility of having an American kicker and he has tremendous kickoffs. (Veteran) Luca Congi will be our kicker, but we have looked at multiple scenarios that could include an American. With the acquisition of Jamie Boreham from Hamilton, we may have resolved that, but we would still like three kickers at camp.’’
Defensive end Brian Smith (Missouri) – "In the NFL he would be converted to linebacker, which is one of his two challenges. The other is, he’s coming off a broken hip. But he can flat-out rush the passer.’’
Defensive back Dre Dokes (Northern Iowa) – "A highly productive player who, because he’s undersized, also doesn’t fit the NFL’s size parameters.’’
Wide receiver/kick returner Roosevelt Kiser (Florida A&M) – "My guess is he might be a late-round NFL draft pick, but he’s like (fellow neg-list receivers) Vincent Marshall, Gerran Walker and Carl Berman – because they’re very dangerous with a ball in their hands they might end up with NFL teams.’’
WHO’S ON THE RIDERS’ RADAR
Saskatchewan Roughriders’ negotiation list
(Posted online by GM Eric Tillman in mid-March, with his comments)
Mike Alston-LB Toledo…just graduated
Thomas Barnett-T Kansas State…experience in NFL and NFL Europe
Dalton Bell-QB West Texas…just graduated
Carl Berman-WR Indiana State…just graduated
McKinley Boykin-DT Ole Miss…playing in NFL Europe
Larry Brackins-WR Pearl River JC…playing in Arena
Omarr Conner-QB Mississippi State…just graduated
Chase Daniel-QB Missouri…outstanding upcoming junior
Woody Dantzler-QB/RB Clemson…playing in Arena
Dre Dokes-DB Northern Iowa…just graduated
Jimmy Farris-WR Montana…significant NFL experience
Martin Hankins-QB Memphis…upcoming senior
Bobby Harris-T Ole Miss…playing in NFL Europe
Howard Hodges-DE Iowa…playing in Arena
Robert Hubbard-RB Nevada…just graduated
Justin Jenkins-WR Mississippi State…playing in NFL Europe
Roosevelt Kiser-WR/KR Florida A&M…just graduated
Vincent Marshall-WR Houston…just graduated
Adrian McPherson-QB Florida A&M…playing in Arena
Sam Olajubutu-LB Arkansas…just graduated
Thomas Olmstead-P Troy…NFL experience
James Patrick-CB Stillman…just released from Patriots PR
Dominic Payne-DE Western State…playing in Arena
Jerrell Pippens-DB Nebraska…currently with Redskins
Jamal Robertson-RB Ohio Northern…currently with Falcons
Ryne Robinson-WR Miami,Ohio…just graduated
Marcus Rucker-LB Rice…just graduated
DJ Shockley-QB Georgia…currently with Falcons
Brian Smith-DE Missouri…just graduated
Paul Thompson-QB Oklahoma…just graduated
Zach Ville-DT/DE Missouri…playing in NFL Europe
Gerran Walker-WR/KR Lehigh…playing in NFL Europe
Renauld Williams-LB Hofstra…just released from 49ers
Stephen Williams-DT NW Missouri State…currently with Panthers
(Note: One player was deleted from the posted list because he was released and subsequently signed by another CFL team.)