June 21, 2014

Cut Day: Big names on the move as teams trim rosters


CFL.ca Staff

TORONTO — With training camp officially in the books, teams have begun trimming down their rosters to the league-mandated limit of 46 (plus injured players).

All cuts had to be made by 10pm ET on Saturday night. Below is a list of all transactions made prior to the deadline. 

The Lions announced their cuts just after 3:30pm ET on Saturday. There were no surprises amongst the released group, as Wally Buono and his football oeprations department parted ways with seven players: National RB Guillame Bourassa, International DB Tony Burnett, International LB Korey Jones, International DT Dyrell Porcha, International OT RJ Dill, National K/P Steven Shott, and National LB Thomas Spoletini.

The Stampeders parted ways with seven players on Saturday night, announcing that International offensive lineman Korian Chambers, International defensive lineman Kevin Dixon, International receiver Robert Holland, International running back Martell Mallett, National receiver Yannick Morin-Plante, International receiver Marcus Rucker, and International quarterback Rusty Smith have been released.

In arguably the most shocking move of cut-down day, the Edmonton Eskimos have parted ways with tailback Hugh Charles.

Hughes joined the Eskimos in 2011, after spending the first three years of his career with the Roughriders. During his time with the Esks, Charles racked up 1,527 rushing yards, and 10 touchdowns. He was also productive through the air, collecting 775 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

In six CFL seasons, Charles has registered 2,084 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Eskimos also released the following players: National DT Gregory Alexandre, National WR Anthony Barrett, National DE Michael Dadzie, International DT Ra’Shon Harris, National CB Raye Hartmann, National C Gord Hinse, International DB Myron Lewis, International SB Brandon McRae, National P/K Zackary Medeiros, National LB Kyle Norris , International DT Daniel Ross, International CB Robert Sands, International DE Cameron Sheffield, and National FB Smith Wright.

26 players were released by the Roughriders prior to the 10pm deadline, with receiver Jade Etienne, and linebacker Brandon Isaac among those no longer with the Green and White.

Also released by the Riders: National receiver Alex Anthony, National receiver Kristopher Bastien, International defensive lineman Jeremy Beal, National linebacker Travis Bent, International receiver Dan DePalma, International defensive lineman Robert Eddins, International linebacker Mortty Ivy, National fullback Andre Lalonde, National kicker John Mark, International defensive back Greg McCoy, National offensive lineman Kyle Paterson, National linebacker Kevin Regimbald, International receiver DeMarco Sampson, National receiver Jordan Sisco, International defensive back Troy Stoudermire, International defensive lineman Richard Sumlin, International receiver Isaiah Sweeney, International running back Jermaine Thomas, International offensive lineman Devin Tyler, National offensive lineman Matt Vonk, International quarterback Adam Weber, National defensive back Matt Webster, National defensive lineman Ryan Wellman, International defensive lineman Markus White.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced their final roster cuts on Friday, with former starting QB Max Hall headlining the group.

Also released by the Bombers were international receivers Mario Urrutia, Mark Dell, Jaymar Johnson, and Bert Reed, international defensive backs Stephon Morris, Michael Ray Garvin, and Matt Pierce, international defensive lineman Willie Moseley, international offensive lineman Jesse peterson, and national receiver Taylor Renaud.

The Tiger-Cats made their roster moves public just prior to the 10pm deadline, announcing on Twitter that five players have been released.

Headlining the group was DB Evan McCollough, who joined the Ticats prior to the 2013 season. In his one season with the Ticats, McCollough registered 43 tackles, and no interceptions, the first time in his career he failed to pick off one pass.

The Ticats also parted ways with DB Korey Lindsey, DB Demetrice Morley,  QB Corey Robinson, and OL D.J. Young.

The Argos were the last team to announce their final roster cuts. While they did indeed submit them prior to the 10pm deadline on Saturday night, they chose to only make them public on Sunday morning. The team parted ways with 14 players, including veteran receiver Romby Bryant. Bryant spent just one season in Toronto, suiting up in two games due to injury. In those pair of games, Bryant was a contributor, hauling in eight passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

Also released by the Boatmen were: National longsnapper Michael Benson, National WR Tore Corrado, International DL Dexter Davis, International  WR J.D. Falslev, National OL Kirby Fletcher, National OL Thomas Griffiths, International K/P Josh Jasper, International LB Eddie Lackey, International DB Alonzo Lawrence, International DB Andre Martin, National WR Evan Pszczonak, International DL Padric Scott, and Internation WR K.J. Stroud.

The REDBLACKS announced their cuts on Saturday morning, just hours after they played their final pre-season game against the Montreal Alouettes.

General Manager Marcel Desjardins declared 14 cuts to the team’s final roster, with veteran kicker Justin Palardy and National receiver Simon LeMarquand among the most notable.

Desjardins also announced that National receiver Steven Adu, International DB Parker Orms, International LB Devin Arrington, National DL Stephon Miller, International DL Dimetrio Tyson, International kicker Paolo Henriques, National OL Brendan Dunn, National OL Aaron Wheaton, International WR Taulib Ikharo, international WR Travon Patterson, National receiver Aaron Hargreaves, and National OL James Lee have all been released.

Montreal announced their cuts on Saturday evening, with 14 players being released. DB Ed Gainey, DL Scooter Berry and kick returner Tyron Carrier were among the notable released by the Als.

Also cut by the Als were International kicker Delbert Alvarado, International tackle Daniel Baldridge, International OL Ryan Cave, International receiver Preston Cleckley, International CB Brandon Driver, International DB Dominique Ellis, International RB Robert Godhigh, International receiver Brandan Green, International OL Elliott Mealer, National receiver MacKenzie Sarro, and International OL Wayne Tribue.

The Als also added nine players to their practice roster on Saturday: National K/P Nick Boyd, International DE Brian Brikowski, International receiver Mardy Gilyards, National DB Jamal Knowles, International RB Brandon Rutley, National OL Jake Piotrowski, National receiver Andrew Smith, National LB James Tuck and International DB Winston Venable.

Later in the night, the Als announced three more releases, with longtime veteran Jamel Richardson among them. Also released by the Als in the second group was linebacker Diamond Ferri and offensive lineman Mike Golic.