No way they get Ranek out of Ottawa. If they do I will publicly admit on this forumn that Third and Ten is a prognosticating god.
Seriously though I have been following that story for a couple weeks now here in Edmonton and it has been kept pretty quiet. I have gone on the record in the Eskimos forumn on this site about it and these were my theories before they acquired Annunziata.
I thought that with Ottawa having second pick the Esks might send Vaughn to the Gades in a deal to acquire the second pick and have a shot at selecting Nick Kaczur. Another possibility is picking up a Canadian OL from them as well. This is calculated gamble I suppose, but Vaughn is probably a future hall of famer in this league and would help sell the game in Ottawa.
The story line so far has indicated it will simply be Vaughn for 2 draft picks, the two they gave up last year when Ottawa sent us a couple Canadians. Since then they have done the deal with the Argos and also the Eskimos have at least three young Canadian linemen waiting for chance to get in the lineup, so I think that blows my theory out the window.
As far as Vaughn goes, I will be sad to see him go but I think he would be a good fit in Ottawa. Would Ottawa fans not be even more upset though to lose Ranek. I would think he is a fan favorite. Anyway, we should know the answer here pretty quick I would think