In 11 days from now,the 2015 training camp will begin; it will definitely be one of the most interesting training camp in years.There will no doubt be surprises,some good,some not as good.
The 2014-2015 off-season has been one of the busiest if not the busiest for Jim Popp,at least regarding signings of players. The highlights of this off-season have been: signings of potential free agents along with departures and arrivals of key veterans.
Potential free agents:
All key potential free agents,except Duron Carter, have been re-signed by Jim Popp; they are:
Nat. LB Nicolas Boulay. 2 years.
Int. DB Jerald Brown. 1 year.
Int. LB Chip Cox. 3 years.
Nat. WR Eric Deslauriers. 3 years.
Int. SB S.J. Green. 3 years.
Nat. DT Michael Klassen. 2 years.
Nat. LB Jamahl Knowles. 3 years.
Int. DE Aaron Lavarias. 2 years.
Int. DT Scott Paxson. 2 years.
Nat. LB Bryn Roy. 2 years.
Int. RB Brandon Rutley. 2 years.
Int. RB Tyrell Sutton. 3 years.
Int. CB Geoff Tisdale. 1 year.
Int. LB Winston Venable. 1 year.
Int. LB Bear Woods. 3 years.
Nat LS Jerod Zaleski. 2 years.
A few veterans signed extensions; they are:
Int. DB Billy Parker. 2 years.
Nat. OT Jeff Perrett. 3 years.
There were also key veteran arrivals and departures during the off-season.
Key veteran arrivals:
Nat. OL Philip Blake. 2011 3rd round choice. In the NFL the past seasons.
Nat. WR Samuel Giguère. Free agent. From Hamilton.
Int. QB Dan LeFevour. Free agent. From Hamilton.
Int. SB Nik Lewis. Free agent. From Calgary.
Int. RB/KR Stefan Logan. Free agent. From BC.
Int. DT Khalif Mitchell. Free agent. From BC.
Int. K Ricky Schmitt. From BC.
Int. SB Fred Stamps. Traded from Edmonton for Int. WR Kenny Stafford.
Nat. RB Carl Volny. Free agent. From Winnipeg.
Key veterans departures:
Nat. LB Jonathan Beaulieu-Richard. Released.
Nat. OG Ryan Bomben. Traded to Hamilton for two 2015 draft picks,i.e. 1 in round 1 or number 8 and 1 in round 3 or number 24.
Int. QB Alex Brink. Released.
Int. WR Duron Carter. Free agent. Signed with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL.
Nat. RB Dahrran Diedrick. Free agent.
Nat. RB Steven Lumbala. Retirement.
Int. WR Kenny Stafford. Traded to Edmonton for Int. SB Fred Stamps.
Nat. WR Dave Stala. Released.
Int. KR/WR Larry Taylor. Released.
While injuries could play a key part in which players the Als will keep or release, I am nevertheless listing some key veteran players that could be asked to take a salary reduction or be released; there will definitely have to be salary reductions or releases in order to remain within the approved max. cap of $5,050,000.00.Some of these players COULD be:
Int. DB Jerald Brown.
Nat WR Eric Deslauriers.
Int. LB Kyries Hebert.
Int. WR Chad Johnson.
Int. WR Brandon London.
Int. DT Khalif Mitchell.
Int. DT Scott Paxson.
Int. RB Brandon Whitaker.
Nat. P/K Sean Whyte.
As I wrote in the beginning it will definitely be an interesting training camp; at the end of the camp some veterans will no longer be members of the Alouettes.
A great 2015 season to all Alouettes fans,along will all CFL fans.