Now that we’re accomplished with the 2 largest soccer video games in North America, it’s time to show our consideration to one thing much more necessary: CFL free company! We’re simply days away from a veritable who’s who of all-stars, Gray Cup MVPs and MOPs being launched onto the open market. It will result in transaction information the likes of which we’ve by no means seen earlier than.
I spend extra time on the CFL.ca Free Agent Tracker than I care to confess. Over the subsequent week the great individuals on this website will provide you with loads of respectable evaluation on who’s going the place and what offers take advantage of sense for the participant and the workforce. I, then again, attempt my greatest to avoid professional journalism. I’d fairly reside on the earth of fantasy as a result of, actually, isn’t that what free company hypothesis is all about?
This time is a lot enjoyable since you see that record of prime 30 pending free brokers and all of a sudden you’re imaging that imposing defensive deal with sporting your favorite workforce’s jersey and the subsequent factor you realize you might have plotted a path as to why your staff is profitable the Gray Cup. Will it occur? In all probability not. However who cares, it’s early February there’s snow in all places, so why not ditch logic for a second and dream the inconceivable dream that Bo Levi Mitchell and Willie Jefferson are signing together with your staff and also you get to retain all your personal soon-to-be-free brokers?
So with that spirit of decadence I current 9 issues that I want to see occur. Apologies to Hamilton and Montreal who don’t make this record, however between Brandon Banks coming again and a few rattling snappy new uniforms I think about you’re each doing simply superb proper now.
Free Company 2019
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1. I would like Bo Levi Mitchell to re-sign with Calgary
The standard disclaimer in terms of gamers trying to ply their commerce with the NFL that I, in fact, need nothing greater than to see any and all of you succeed south of the border. The cash is best and also you get to play in entrance of extra individuals so I want you nothing however the most effective. Nevertheless, my sports-selfish aspect needs to observe you do superb issues on the larger fields of Canada. I can admit I’m grasping.
Past that, I all the time like to see the reigning Gray Cup Champions defend their title in type. In the event that they need to go down, allow them to lose swinging at full power. I need to see each different staff go all out towards Mitchell and in return I need to see the 2018 MOP and Gray Cup MVP give it proper again in any respect of his opponents.
Lastly, I do know economically it might be an enormous increase for Mitchell and his household if he’s on an NFL roster, however there’s a good probability Mitchell gained’t see the sector and, properly, it simply seems like a waste if the one time we see the two-time CFL MOP is on the sideline holding a clipboard.
2. I would like Mike Reilly to go away Edmonton
That is nothing towards the Edmonton Eskimos group or any of their followers. I, like so many different CFL followers have been completely entertained watching Reilly hook up with the likes of Brandon Zylstra, Adarius Bowman, Derel Walker, D’haquille Williams and Bryant Mitchell through the years. Nevertheless, the NBA has confirmed that whenever you throw just a little chaos at an low season it makes every little thing a lot extra entertaining.
Simply consider all of the ramifications if Reilly introduced his intention to maneuver on from Edmonton. What number of groups would go all out to get him? I think about most have already got a plan in place to attempt to woo the league’s main passer. The media hypothesis can be superb as followers can be checking day-after-day for any updates. I do know it might stink for Eskimos followers however to cite Spock from The Wrath of Khan, “The wants of the various outweigh the wants of the few.”
three. I would like Toronto to commerce James Franklin to Edmonton
Is it an enormous step down for the Eskimos? In fact it’s. However at 27 years previous Franklin nonetheless has an opportunity to develop into the quarterback all of us thought he could possibly be when he left Edmonton for Toronto final season. The Eskimos have an excellent operating again in C.J. Gable and if they will retain Derel Walker and Kenny Stafford then Franklin ought to have greater than sufficient weapons to work with. Edmonton has accomplished a superb job prior to now creating receivers so what higher place for a reset for Franklin than within the metropolis that first began to develop him?
four. I would like Mike Reilly to go to Toronto
I imply you needed to see this one coming? I’ve by no means hidden the truth that I grew up an Argonauts followers and final yr was a catastrophe. Sure, I do know the staff made a cope with the Satan on that snowy night time proper earlier than the 105th Gray Cup, however wow was 2018 a troublesome season to observe. Personally I’d like to see yet one more nice S.J. Inexperienced season with Reilly getting him the ball.
Additionally this isn’t simply me going full Argo Homer right here. All the East Division out of the blue turns into a lot extra compelling with Jeremiah Masoli, Trevor Harris (extra in a second) and Mike Reilly all doing battle towards each other week in and week out. Perhaps we might lastly not see a Western crossover come playoff time, dare to dream!
5. I would like Zach Collaros to go to Edmonton
Thought I used to be accomplished with the Edmonton quarterback state of affairs didn’t you? Pay attention, on this league you all the time have to have a strong backup underneath centre and competitors all the time brings out the most effective in a participant. Let’s face it, identical to Franklin didn’t work out the best way anybody needed in Toronto, the identical may be stated for Collaros in Saskatchewan. In fact, every part will probably be totally different in Saskatchewan now that Chris Jones is gone, however perhaps it might be greatest for each side to get a recent begin.
This might additionally open the door for Brandon Bridge to get one other shot at being a starter. Bridge was not capable of construct on a promising 2017 season that noticed him almost take the Roughriders to the Gray Cup. Perhaps with a brand new basic supervisor in Jeremy O’Day and a brand new head coach in Craig Dickenson Bridge will get an opportunity to open coaching camp as probably the primary man.
6. I would like the Lions to go all defence
You simply know new head coach DeVone Claybrooks would approve. This can be a man that oversaw the deadliest run of level/yard prevention this league has seen in ages because the defensive coordinator for the Stampeders from 2016-2018. Any type of bidding warfare on quarterbacks will naturally result in their wage going method up. So why not zig if everybody else is zagging? Re-sign Shawn Lemon and Micah Awe and go after Willie Jefferson, Delvin Breaux Sr., Aaron Grymes, Larry Dean, Jovan Santos-Knox and Jonathan Rose. If the Lions can handle to snag a few these all-stars than out of the blue they don’t want their quarterback to hold the staff.
7. I would like the band to remain collectively in Ottawa
I do not know what the REDBLACKS’ cap state of affairs is like however right here’s hoping Marcel Desjardins can discover a solution to deliver again William Powell, SirVincent Rogers, Greg Ellingson and naturally Trevor Harris again into Ottawa’s fold. When Harris has it happening this group is a lot enjoyable to observe.
Additionally with the Tiger-Cats’ secure at quarterback and Brandon Banks re-signing, an intact Ottawa squad represents one other probably incredible rivalry season between Hamilton and Ottawa.
eight. I would like Duron Carter signed by somebody
I actually don’t care who, however simply get it completed. Each league wants a bunch of gamers like Duron Carter. Tremendous gifted however all the time appear to courtroom some type of controversy even when they don’t seem to be at fault. You’ll be able to by no means know what to anticipate from Carter on a weekly foundation besides that a couple occasions a yr he’ll make the nightly top-10 spotlight listing.
9. Edmonton indicators each Calgary defensive participant
I swear I didn’t go into this column with Edmonton being the main target, however hear me out. One among my favorite Seinfeld moments is when Jerry is making an attempt to return a sport jacket and when requested for the rationale he’s returning it he says “out of spite.” I’m all for petty fights between organizations and/or fan bases. With the information that J.C. Sherritt, the just lately retired Edmonton linebacker, is now teaching Calgary’s linebackers, I say Edmonton ought to out of the blue make like harder for Sherritt and go after Ja’Gared Davis and Micah Johnson. Not solely does that make the Eskimos higher and weakens Calgary within the course of nevertheless it additionally provides just a little infantile spite to this low season.
By the best way, I want Sherritt all of the success on the earth. Gonna miss seeing you on the sector.
Let the video games start!
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