February 10, 2014

FA14 Preview: GMs ready to see what market offers

CFL.ca Staff

TORONTO — As the today’s free agency deadline nears, CFL.ca has been breaking down each team’s potential needs, wants and wish list.

Below is an in-depth look at each team’s potential plans for free agency, including the work they have done so far, who might be on their way out and who they might be looking at bringing in.

BC Lions
It is a case of ‘good news-bad news for BC Lions general manager Wally Buono. The good news is he has the shortest potential free agent list in the CFL.  The bad news is that two of the five remaining could be a pair of the most sought-after FAs to hit the market should they decide to test the waters. READ MORE.
» Lions ship Banks to Winnipeg for Poblah
» Leos lose DeMarco in Expansion Draft

Edmonton Eskimos
Since hiring Chris Jones as head coach, Ed Hervey has been slowly crossing items off of his off-season to-do list.
With just 11 players to make decisions on, Hervey has signed four pending free agents to new deals. READ MORE.
» Eskimos ink Bowman to extension
» Nichols avoids free agency; signs with Eskimos

 Calgary Stampeders
If free agency is supposed to be the busiest day of the off-season, someone better notify John Hufnagel. The Stamps’ GM has been chipping away at his rather lengthy list of potential FAs all off-season. A total of 10 extensions have been granted to those who will remain in Red and White. READ MORE.
» Stampeders, Bolden agree to terms on new contract
» Price checked off free agent list

Saskatchewan Roughriders
It’s been an interesting and tricky off-season to say the least for both Brendan Taman and assistant GM Jeremy O’Day. At the starting point of the off-season, the Roughriders had 19 potential free agents who would be free to hit the open market if left unsigned. READ MORE.
» Woldu, Etienne ink deals ahead of free agency
» Smith staying in Riderville

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Prior to the beginning of free agency, GM Kyle Walters had 22 potential players that needed to be dealt with. Less than a month after the Grey Cup, Walters went to work on scratching some items off his to-do list.  READ MORE
» Bombers keep Suber off the market
» Bombers acquire Drew Willy in trade with Riders

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
You would be foolish to believe that Hamilton won’t make a splash and even more foolish to try and predict who they will nab come free agency.  For a number of years, the Ticats have been arguably the biggest players in the free agent game and early indications are that the theme remains early in 2014. READ MORE
» Austin: ‘We signed Zach for a reason’
» Ticats, Esks reach contract extension

Toronto Argonauts
Although his potential retention list is not as long as last season, General Manager Jim Barker likely has his focus placed on securing two critical members of his defence in stud cornerback Patrick Watkins and bruising middle linebacker Robert McCune. READ MORE.
» Barker Speaks on Collaros Release
» Bradwell avoids free agency by signing with Argos

Montreal Alouettes
Suffice to say, as the Feb. 11 free agency period continues its rapid approach, Jim Popp and the rest of his staff still have plenty of pens to put to paper. READ MORE.
» Alouettes keep Townsend and Carter
» Billy Parker inks extension with Alouettes

There is a better than average chance that Ottawa REDBLACKS general manager Marcel Desjardins wll be busier then anyone else on Tuesday. WATCH MORE
» Desjardins continuing to build REDBLACKS
» Expansion Draft Recap