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Around the League: 2019 Off Season

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For minor off-season non-Bomber CFL news.  Any significant stories or news that is likely to generate significant discussion may have its own thread created. General Bomber news can be found here.

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7 hours ago, Throw Long Bannatyne said:

Riders are interested .

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45 minutes ago, Zontar said:

Cards on the table. Wanted Manziel to turn into something up here. ..

But it's nice to be on the right side of a deal that will become legend. 

The Legend of Kavis.

It somehow seems unfair when an idiot GM gifts that many picks to another team. Almost like there is collusion. Reminiscent of the Ray to the Argos trade.  

Should be like sport fantasy league rules, where the rest of the teams can veto it or something. 

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28 minutes ago, JCon said:

It somehow seems unfair when an idiot GM gifts that many picks to another team. Almost like there is collusion. Reminiscent of the Ray to the Argos trade.  

Should be like sport fantasy league rules, where the rest of the teams can veto it or something. 

Master manipulator or boy genius?

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25 minutes ago, Bomber_fanaddict said:

With Lulay retiring and Manziel being sent to exile island. What do the Riders do in week 3 when Collaros is drinking his meals from a straw?

Lash out at other fanbases and scream about unfair treatment? 

 

Oops, that's the fans. 

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41 minutes ago, Bomber_fanaddict said:

With Lulay retiring and Manziel being sent to exile island. What do the Riders do in week 3 when Collaros is drinking his meals from a straw?

They will tout how Cody Fajardo or David Watford is a combo of Ron Lancaster/Kent Austin and Doug Flutie.

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In case anyone needs a refresher on that trade...

To Hamilton                                 To Montreal
Jamaal Westerman                        Johnny Football       
Chris Williams (currently FA)         Landon Rice (currently FA)
2020 1st round pick                      Tony Washington (resigned with MTL)
2021 1st round pick                     

That is nothing short of sickening... especially considering the other two players MTL got were rentals at the time...

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14 minutes ago, Eternal optimist said:

In case anyone needs a refresher on that trade...

To Hamilton                                 To Montreal
Jamaal Westerman                        Johnny Football       
Chris Williams (currently FA)         Landon Rice (currently FA)
2020 1st round pick                      Tony Washington (resigned with MTL)
2021 1st round pick                     

That is nothing short of sickening... especially considering the other two players MTL got were rentals at the time...

Landon Rice is back with Hamilton lol. So Montreal ended up with Tony Washington and that's it.

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9 hours ago, JCon said:

It somehow seems unfair when an idiot GM gifts that many picks to another team. Almost like there is collusion. Reminiscent of the Ray to the Argos trade.  

Should be like sport fantasy league rules, where the rest of the teams can veto it or something. 

Collusion?, yeah, Tillman and Kavis' lack of intelligence.

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On 2019-02-28 at 8:10 AM, JCon said:

Travis Lulay: Reflections as I retire from the CFL

 

Lulay has retired rather than being subjected to Regina or Montreal. 

Warren Woods: Travis Lulay says he did have an opportunity to play in Saskatchewan but says he knew it was time to retire..

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5 minutes ago, HardCoreBlue said:

Warren Woods: Travis Lulay says he did have an opportunity to play in Saskatchewan but says he knew it was time to retire..

I love this and really hope those asshats to the west fall into a dark period that rivals their Al Ford years...

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👁‍🗨 You have to admire Randy Ambrosie for all the effort he’s putting into his job. Never have I seen a more visible Commissioner who is putting the CFL first and foremost in the public’s eyes. You may not agree with some of his ideas, but it’s way better than in the past where the Commish would come out on Groundhog Day, then disappear again for 6 weeks.

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https://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/cfl-players-not-happy-wait-off-season-bonuses/

Rob Maver says CFL players aren’t a happy bunch as their union continues preparations for the start of collective bargaining negotiation with the league.

The CFL Players’ Association and CFL will formally begin contract talks March 11-12 in Toronto. The union is holding its annual general meeting in Niagara Falls, Ont., and will conclude the gathering Saturday.

 

A huge bone of contention for CFL players is the league having instructed its teams to not pay them off-season bonuses until after new agreement is ratified. The present deal is scheduled to expire May 15.

The CFLPA believes the CFL’s stance is a move to force players into quickly adopting a new agreement. But Maver, a Calgary Stampeders player rep, said all it’s done is irk the union membership.

"Guys are angry about it, this is money that’s been agreed upon previously and the optics of this are bad," Maver said during a conference call Friday following the second day of the AGM. "They’re trying to get something done quickly and they know this is a way they could potentially go about doing it.

"It’s not like CFL players are going to Vegas and posting pictures of them holding stacks of bills like Evander Kane did when the NHL locked out (its players in 2012-13). These are guys that are struggling to make ends meet so the fact the league is going back and failing to honour signed contracts has frankly pissed a lot of people off."

Kane, then with the Winnipeg Jets, created quite a stir when he tweeted a photo of himself with wads of cash atop a Las Vegas rooftop. It showed him pretending to use the money as a phone to call boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Quarterback Trevor Harris, a former Ottawa Redblacks player rep who signed as a free agent this off-season with the Edmonton Eskimos, echoed Maver’s sentiments.

"It feels like not a great deal for us and some of the guys have been upset about it but here we are," he said. "We’re doing the best we can right now and all we can to bring a good deal to the table."

The beginning of contract talks will give the CFL and its players less than three months to strike a deal without impacting the start of the regular season. The ’19 campaign is scheduled to open June 13 in Hamilton with the Tiger-Cats hosting the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"I understand the value of being fully prepared and that things can happen between now and training camp," Maver said. "If we rush to the table too soon, we are limiting the opportunities that we’re able to get a fair shake at."

Case and point is CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie long-term vision for the league. This off-season, Ambrosie has secured partnerships with football associations in Mexico and eight European countries and Ambrosie has said there’s potential for the league to reach television agreements with some of its new partners.

With talks starting later this month, Maver said that’s something that can definitely be included in contract negotiations.

While players aren’t happy about having not yet received their off-season bonuses, Harris said the mood at the AGM has been one of calm.

"I think the guys in the room are all united and we’re excited to be in there talking about this so we can bring a fair and respectable (offer) to the table," he said. "We want to make sure we’re doing the best we can for the players to protect the league and players."

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10 minutes ago, Eternal optimist said:

Global presence? How 'bout we start with nation-wide recognition... then go from there. This man is sullying the good name of reasonably optimistic people everywhere.

You should read the article..

“We talk to the PA quite regularly. We can walk and chew gum. People say, ‘Randy, why aren’t you staying home and focusing on fixing Toronto?’ I say, ‘This is fixing Toronto.’ We are only going to get people who are not CFL fans to be CFL fans in a world of big sports if we change the fundamental profile of who we are. We have to re-cast ourselves in a different way. We can’t be this small, loveable Canadian Football League. We have to think bigger. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome

“My job is not to sit at my desk waiting for the phone to ring. My job is to create opportunities for this league to be more successful.”

“There are five million football fans in France and now 100 kids playing football in CGEP in Quebec, with another eight players from Europe playing U football in the province.

There are three times the number of kids playing tackle football in Mexico right now than currently registered in Canada.

Across Europe there are 32 leagues playing American football in 30 countries.

The CFL, hoping to capitalize on some of that, expects to announce a deal with a Mexican broadcaster soon – and possibly some European agreements, too – and is hoping to play at least one international game per season.”

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