I haven't seen anything on dollar amounts - but the big question in Hamilton now is there a way to work the National/International ratio in such a way that will allow the Cats to have both Grigsby who apparently has also re-signed and Gable in the backfield this season.
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[b]With Gable & Grigsby back, Ticats have options galore[/b]
All the Ticats' big, bad running backs are coming back.
The team announced on Monday that C.J. Gable, who was the East Division's Most Outstanding Rookie in 2013, has been re-signed to a contract extension through the 2017 season while the Spectator has learned that Nic Grigsby, who was an East Division all-star last season after splitting time between Winnipeg and Hamilton, has also re-signed with the club. His deal is expected to be made official in the coming days.
With Mossis Madu and Sam Ojuri still on the roster – both saw time during Gable's injury-plagued 2014 – the club now has four American running backs familiar with the offensive scheme run by head coach Kent Austin and offensive coordinator Tommy Condell. That's an healthy dose of both talent and experience.
And while it would be tempting to engage in a little pot-stirring by speculating about the possibility of a running back controversy – if such a thing actually exists – the reality is likely far more simple: it's Gable's job to lose.
Though he didn't get much of a chance to show it last season after suffering both foot and shoulder injuries that limited him to just six games, Gable is one of the most versatile backs in the CFL with above average skills as both a runner and a pass catcher. He's also a superlative blocker, possessing both the football IQ to find the right gap and the willingness to get his nose dirty filling it. Then there's this: teammates and coaches love the guy.
Remember, after his outstanding 2013 there was plenty of speculation that Gable would take a run at the NFL when his contract expired after the 2015 season. He's obviously decided, like Brandon Banks and Luke Tasker before him, that he'd rather take decent CFL money over subjecting himself to the human meat grinder and career eater that is often the National Football League.
The only question mark with Gable is, of course, his health. He played 18 of a possible 21 games in his rookie season but last year's unfortunate series of events are enough to raise questions about his durability. There's no question he'll put the off-season work in – just check out his Instagram account for proof – and he'll be eager, as always, to prove the doubters wrong.
Grigsby isn't quite the all-round player Gable is and comes with some question marks as well. Despite posting 744 yards for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season, he lost his starting job and was subsequently run out of town amid a typically anonymous hatchet job on his character. It remains an open question as to whether the issue was Grigsby or the turmoil created by the Bombers' late season free fall.
There is, however, no doubt he performed well in Hamilton – including a pair of 93 yard rushing games against Montreal, including one in the playoffs – and was anything but a distraction. Assuming his contract is team-friendly, he provides a top-notch insurance policy if Gable can't kick the injury bug.
Every more compelling: a two-headed rushing monster featuring both players. Health and ratio issues prevented the Ticats from unleashing the dual back sets we saw in 2012 with any regularity last season. Gable and Grigsby could be match up nightmare if Austin and Condell can find a way to get them on the field together.
Better start the nickname machine, just in case.