Let's play a little game...seeing as there are so many people pissed about some of the moves...and hey, I don't like them all either by any means...there are definitely things I would have done differently, but a lot I rather like.
Throughout 2015 we heard that there was basically no cap space left. BT was axed partially because of really poor cap and contract management. It was stated near the end of the season by O'day that there were not going to be a lot of moves (ie lumping money into 2015 to pay for the future) because there simply was no room. We can therefore basically say the Riders were at cap.
You keep Dressler, Chick, Brack, Brown...big contracts.
Players in the CFL, top ones, get pretty competitive offers. Generally the top couple offers are with 5%, maybe 10, so they often give and take a bit on contracts to play somewhere they buy into the system and the team. But let's basically push that aside and assume that they are not looking at staff, teammates, city, etc.
You need to upgrade:
- 2LBs to start
- 1 LB for depth
- 2DBs (plus some fresh blood...but that is cheap and thus a nonfactor)
- 1 NI DLman to start
- 1 NI OLman with experience for rotations/utility
- 1 NI Safety
What do you do to make that happen?