- Free Agency
TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has signed running back Tony Nelson. Nelson will join his teammates when the Argonauts’ entire roster hits the field this Sunday, June 6.
Tony Nelson finished a five-year college career at Massachusetts 6th on the UMass career rushing list (2,787), 5th on UMass career carries list (532) and 6th on UMass career rushing touchdowns list (25).
The Toronto Argonauts also announced that the following players have been released: RB/SB Amos Allen, RB Cory Boyd, DL Mark Evans, DB Quinton Meaders, DT Terrence Reese.
HAMILTON, Ont. — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that the team has signed non-import defensive end Stan van Sichem.
Van Sichem, a 6-2, 229-pound native of Amsterdam, Netherlands was selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the fourth round (25th overall) of the 2009 CFL Canadian Draft. He was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on February 26 and was later released by Winnipeg. In four years at Regina, van Sichem recorded 97.5 tackles, 24.5 tackles for a loss and a school-record 13 quarterback sacks.
The Tiger-Cats also announced on Sunday that the team has signed import defensive back Martin Manson and import running back Demetris Summers.
Manson, a 5-9, 165-pound native of Hartford, Connecticut played four seasons at Southern Connecticut State, registering 140 tackles and eight interceptions with the Owls. He returned 15 punts for 127 yards and 21 kickoffs for 519 yards during his senior season. Manson was named as an All-Northeast Conference in all four years of his collegiate career.
Summers, a 6-1, 210-pound native of Lexington, South Carolina has spent the last two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, carrying the ball 27 times for 188 yards while making 15 receptions for 187 yards. He also returned 56 kickoffs for 1,373 yards (24.5 avg) and four punts for 32 yards. Summers captured a Grey Cup championship with the Stampeders in 2008.
The Ticats also announced that the following players have been released: IMP DB Derek Douglas, IMP DL Josh Gaines, IMP OL Lawrence Lovell, IMP LB Lamar Myles, IMP DB Richie Rich, NIP WR Scott Valberg.
The team has placed receiver Scott Mayle on the suspended list.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have added non-import running back Andre Sadeghian to their roster.
Sadeghian spent last season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after being drafted 24th overall by the BC Lions in the 2007 CFL Canadian Draft. In his rookie season, Sadeghian dressed in all 18 games for the Lions playing primarily on special teams while also carrying the ball three times for 14 yards. He split the next season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders before re-signing with the Ticats last season where he played in 15 games, registering one catch for 12 yards. In his senior season with the Marauders, Sadeghian was named a second team All-Canadian after rushing for 886 yards and ten touchdowns.
The Blue Bombers also announced today that they have released the following five players: Import LB Henti Baird, Non-Import WR Chris Ioannides, Non-Import RB Guillaume Senecal, Non-Import OL Darren Hinds, Non-Import DL Justin Shaw.
The Blue Bombers have also placed non-import safety Ian Logan on the disabled list and placed quarterback Stefan LeFors on the suspended list.
REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released the following players: DL Vaalyn Jackson, DL Ryan Lucas, WR Aaron Love, WR David McKoy.
The following players have been made inactive: LS Jocelyn Frenette, RB Lavarus Giles, DL Ikenna Ike, DB Joel Lipinski.
CALGARY — Calgary Stampeders head coach/general manager John Hufnagel has announced a number of roster moves on Saturday, including the retirement of non-import offensive lineman Jesse Newman.
“Jesse had personal reasons for retiring and I respect his decision,” said Hufnagel. “I looked forward to Jesse participating in training camp, but that will not be the case.”
Newman was a first-round pick, third overall, by the Stamps in 2008 and played 30 regular-season games and four playoff contests over two seasons with the Red and White.
“I sincerely regret putting the Stampeders and Coach Huff in this position by making such a late decision,” said Newman. “It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made.”
The Stamps also released quarterback Mike Desormeaux, non-import fullback Matt Henry and import defensive linemen Eryk Anders and George Clinkscale. Receivers Ryan Thelwell and Ken-Yon Rambo and linebacker Marc Calixte were placed on the disabled list. Linebacker Brandon Jamison was placed on the suspended list.
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos have signed import defensive back Chijioke Onyenegecha and import offensive tackle Jabari Ferguson, the club announced today.
Onyenegecha signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in March of 2007. The Oklahoma graduate recorded 15 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, one tackle for a loss, one quarterback sack and one pass knockdown in nine games.
Ferguson played for the Albany Outlaws of the Indoor Football League in 2009. The Florida native attended Temple where he played in 37 games (14 starts) over four years.
The Eskimos also announced today that they have released the following eight players: Import DB Gary Albury, Import DE Keyon Brown, Import DB Isaiah Gardner, Import RB Dennis Kennedy, Non-import OL Alex Lau, Import OL Clifford Louis, Non-import DB Sammy Okpro, Import WR Ernie Pierce.
VANCOUVER — After four days of rookie camp, Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono has made his first personnel decisions leading into main camp which begins on Sunday, June 6th in Kamloops. In order to get down to the CFL-mandated roster size of 68, the club released the following players: Mike McEachern (non import) defensive back, Scott McCuaig (non import) defensive lineman, Abraham Wright (import) defensive lineman, Andy Schantz (import) linebacker, Geno Johnson (import) linebacker, Mickey Dean (import) running back.
In other personnel moves, the club placed import receiver Dominic Bolden (knee) on the disabled list. The Lions’ seven 2010 CFL Draft selections and two territorial protected players do not count towards the club’s overall roster.
Veterans report to training camp this afternoon and then coaches and players will prepare for two long weeks of two-a-day practices in Kamloops. The following is the practice schedule for Sunday, June 6th to Sunday, June 13th. For detailed camp information including updated rosters and practice times please visit bclions.com and click the training camp banner.