June 18, 2016

Making Moves: Tracking final cuts around the CFL

TORONTO — CFL.ca is tracking all of this weekend’s roster moves as teams are required to reduce their roster to 46 active players.  Today and tomorrow officially marks the transition from training camp to regular season prep.  Stay linked throughout the weekend for updates as team rosters get fine tuned.

Here are a few notable stipulations regarding the roster moves for today:

– All teams need to have their active rosters down to 46 players by 12 Noon ET on Sunday, June 19th.
– The 46 contract players excludes any players on the 6-game injured list and 1-game injured list
– A total of 3 of the 46 players identified must be quarterbacks
– Of the remaining 43 players, a club must carry a minimum of 20 National players
– Up to 10 Practice roster players can be added at any time as of Sunday.


> Trimming Down: Tracking First Cuts from last week
> Parting Ways: 8 first cuts you should know about
> Full Player Roster List



Toronto Argonauts' Trevardo Williams defends against Montreal Alouettes' Tajh Boyd during second half CFL action in Montreal on Friday, June 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe

The Montreal Alouettes made their cuts Sunday evening, highlighted by Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and Montreal native WR Mikhail Davidson. The biggest surprise came late however, when the team announced Monday morning it has released cornerback Mitchell White. White was slated to start at corner opposite free agent signing Jovon Johnson.

Released: QB Tajh Boyd, QB Drew Burko, WR Mikhail Davidson, WR Mike Davis, DE Jordan Dewalt, CB Dominique Ellis, OL Forrestal Hickman, DT Mitchell Jeter, DB C.J. Moore, DB Hayden Peters, FB Mackenzie Sarro, LB Nick Temple, OL Matthew Toppan, QB Jimmy Underdahl, CB Mitchell Whilte

Practice Roster: RB Martese Jackson, OL Sean Jamieson, WR Chandler Jones, OL Nate Isles, LB Jared Koster, WR Corbin Louks, RB Cam McDaniel, DB Jonathon Mincy, DB Ramon Taylor, DB Dominique Termansen

Players added to the six-game injured list: C Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, WR Alex Charrette, QB Jonathan Crompton, DB Andrew Lue, RB Wayne Moore.



The Bombers made their cuts mid-Saturday with veteran defensive back Matt Bucknor among the biggest of names.

Released: DB Matt Bucknor, DB Emmanuel Dieke, RB Carlos Anderson, OL Jace Daniels, WR Julian Talley, WR Fred Williams, WR Justin Veltung, DB Jonte Green, OL Zachary Intzandt

Practice Roster: OL Manase Foketi, WR Thomas Mayo, DL Padric Scott, DE Louie Richardson, FB Tim Cronk, DB C.J. Roberts, DE Adrian Hubbard, WR Gerrard Sheppard, RB Tim Flanders



The BC Lions were the first to announce their cuts on Saturday afternoon, letting go a quarterback and a list of rookies.

Update: The Lions made two more significant cuts Monday morning, releasing nationals OL Dillon Guy and DL Ese Mrabure. Both come as a surprise as Guy was taken in the fourth round and highly-regarded despite missing the combine as a result of injury. Mrabure, meanwhile, was the Lions’ fifth overall pick just a year ago in the 2015 CFL Draft.

Released: QB Greq McGhee, OL T-Dre Player, WR Terence Jeffers-Harris , DB Royce Adams , DB Chandler Fenner, WR Kendrick Ings, WR Derek Yachison, LB Victor Aiyewa, LB Auston Johnson, K/P Tiernan Docherty, OL Dillon Guy, DL Ese Mrabure

Practice Roster:  WR Brett Blaszko, WR Shaq Johnson, WR Devonn Brown, RB J.C. Coleman, DL Andrew Hudson, DL Kache Palacio, DL George Uko, OL Antonio Johnson, LB Nehemie Kankolongo



The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released 13 players Sunday morning and also added 10 to their practice roster.

Released: WR Matt Uren, FB Preston Huggins, DE Ricky Osei-Kusi, LB Geoff Hughes, WR Anthony McClung, WR LaQuan Williams, OL Sean Donnelly, DE Kevin Dixon, DB Chris Davis, DB D.J. Hunter, DB Cleshawn Page, DB Trey Wolfe, K Cody Mandell

Practice Roster: WR Matt Coates, FB Felix Faubert-Lussier, OL Everton Williams, DE Everett Ellefson, DB Elroy Douglas, RB Ross Scheuerman, OL Zavier Proctor, DT Terry Redden, DB/LB Ellis Lankster, DB Travis Lee.

‘Cats Sign Veteran DBs: The Tiger-Cats also announced Sunday the signing of former all-star DB Geoff Tisdale and DB Dominique Ellis. A veteran of eight CFL seasons, Tisdale has appeared in 118 career games and has played four seasons with the Ticats in the past.

Masoli gets the start Week 1: The Ticats also reportedly confirmed that Jeremiah Masoli will be their starting quarterback when they kickoff the season in Toronto on Thursday.



The Toronto Argonauts made 16 cuts Sunday, among them LB Herve Tonye-Tonye and sophomore DB Travis Hawkins.  The club also re-added former Grey Cup MVP Chad Kackert to their practice roster after releasing him last week.

Released: RB Edwin Baker, RB Dillon Campbell, OL Joe Circelli, OL Fou Fonoti, DB Travis Hawkins, DB Shane Herbert, LS Joseph Iatzko, OL Chris Kolankowski, DB Jimmy Legree, K Zach Medeiros, WR Ryan Nieuwesteeg, OL Damien Parris, LB Herve Tonye-Tonye, DL  Joshua Watson, LB Nicholas Williams, DL Trevardo Williams

Practice Roster: WR Markeith Ambles, DL Kenny Bishop, WR Kevin Bradfield, QB Mitchell Gale, RB Chad Kackert, LB Curtis Newton, OL Devonte Wallace, WR Malcolm Williams, WR Devon Wylie.



The Ottawa REDBLACKS released 12 from their roster and added 10 more to their PR.

Released: DL John Biewald, DL OJ Mau, FB Pier-Yves Lavergne, LB Guillame Tremblay-Lebel, DB Dior Mathis, LB Manny Rodriguez, DB Doug Moss, DL Emmanuel Graves, DL Taylor Sheridan, WR Austin Hill, OL Jermaine Barton, OL Kyle Fraser-Audit

Practice Roster: WR John Harris, DB Imoan Claiborn, DB Nick Taylor, DL Kendall Montgomery, LB Burton de Koning, WR Phillip Enchill, OL Randy Beary, LB Tanner Doll, OL Aaron Wheaton, OL Travis Greene


(Photo: Stampeders.com)

The Calgary Stampeders announced thier cuts mid-afternoon on Sunday but also announced a trade with the Riders whereby they acquired a negotiation list player for DB Brandon McDonald.

Released: DB Jean-Philippe Bolduc, DB Malcolme Brown, OL Alex Fifita, DL Uriah Grant, WR Josh Harper, OL Quinn Horton, QB C.J. Kinne, WR Matt Norzil, LB Cameron Ontko, RB Lache Seastrunk, LB Corbin Sharun, DB Demetrius Wright, DL Michael Kashak (returned to school)

Practice Roster: DL Demonte’ Bolden, LB Max Caron, WR DaVaris Daniels, DL Josh Francis, DB Mylan Hicks, DB Dexter Janke, WR Jamal Nixon, DB Osagie Odiase, OL Ucambre Williams, WR Greg Wilson

McDonald Traded to Riders: The Stampeders also traded veteran defensive back Brandon McDonald to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the rights to a negotiation-list player. McDonald played 17 CFL games over the past two seasons including seven with the Stampeders and had 65 tackles and four interceptions.



The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced all their transactions, including injured list.  Among the names released was quarterback Brett Smith and receiver Clarence Denmark.

Released: OL Kadeem Adams, DB Troy Adams, DL Tim Agbaje, OL TreVon Armstead, WR Damarr Aultman, RB Terrance Cobb, DB Victor Dean Jr., WR Clarence Denmark, DB Marquis Drayton, RB Michael Dyer, WR Qudarius Ford, LB Dillon Grondin, DB Tyree Hollins, Kyle Kawamoto, OL aaron Picton, WR Randy Roseway, LB Marte Sears, QB Brett Smith, DB Xavier Walker, DL Markus White

Practice Roster: DB Joel Brtka, DL Tony Criswell, DB Johnnie Dixon, OL Kennedy Estelle, OL Marcus Hall, OL Hasan Hazime, WR Ryan Lankformd, OL Alex McKay, LB Alex Ogbongbemiga, WR Josh Stanford

6-Game Injured List: DL Dylan Ainsworth, QB Phillip Sims, OL Jarriel King, DE Eric Norwood, OL Matt Vonk



Released: WR Natey Adjei, DB Cameron Fuller, LB Jimmy Gaines, DB Raye Hartmann, WR Andrew Johnson, DL Sam Montgomery, DB CJ Morgan, DB Cauchy Muamba, RB Akeem Shavers

Practice Roster: LB Josh Brinkworth, WR Kenzel Doe, FB DJ Lalama, LB Darryl McBride Jr., DB Solomon Means, WR Bryant Mitchell, OL Darius Morris, DB Tyler Thornton, WR Brandon Zylstra