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TORONTO — Off-season uncertainty continues as presidents, general managers and media attend the annual winter meetings in Mont-Tremblant, Que.
While the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders are thinking about possible contingency plans at quarterback, the Argos, Alouettes and Ticats are looking to finalize their coaching staffs.
The latest off-season news and notes in this week’s Checking Down:
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– According to Ted Wyman, the BC Lions won’t likely pursue their former linebacker Adam Bighill should he become a free agent on Feb. 12 (Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun).
– The CFL community is mourning the passing of legendary sports columnist Jim Taylor, who covered the BC Lions for the The Vancouver Province (Ed Willes, The Vancouver Province).
– Sunderland said if Reilly doesn’t return next season, the Eskimos will pursue a veteran quarterback with CFL experience (Gerry Moddejonge, Edmonton Sun).
– The Stamps have asked Mitchell for a decision by the start of free agency, as the team plans to pursue a veteran quarterback should Mitchell go to the NFL (Daniel Austin, Calgary Herald).
– While Eric Rogers contemplates retirement, there’s also uncertainty surrounding Kamar Jorden‘s availability for next season due to his injured knee as the Stamps could have a new-look receiver group in 2019 (Daniel Austin, Calgary Herald).
– The Stampeders have remained in contact with Roy Finch, but it’s unclear whether the retired running back will ever return as he faces ongoing legal issues (Daniel Austin, Calgary Herald).
– Chris Jones says Mike Edem or Derrick Moncrief could switch to weak side linebacker following Sam Eguavoen’s departure to the NFL (Claire Hanna via Jamie Nye, CJME).
– After signing a contract extension through 2020, Riders head coach and GM Chris Jones says there’s ‘unfinished business’ in Saskatchewan (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
– Jones says finding a quarterback will be top priority for the Riders this off-season, adding that his team will have plenty of options (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
– Bombers GM Kyle Walters says he’s encouraged by early talks with pending free agent linebacker Adam Bighill (Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun).
– The Ticats are reportedly set to name Mark Washington their defensive coordinator, while Jeff Reinebold is also expected to return to coach special teams (Steve Milton, The Hamilton Spectator).
– Argos GM Jim Popp says he won’t turn a blind eye to the quarterbacks in free agency, as the team will do whatever it takes to improve (Joey Alfieri, TSN 690).
– Newly-hired Argos coach Corey Chamblin is taking the challenge of a new coaching salary cap in stride as he looks to piece together his staff for 2019 (Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun).
– Popp says the absence of a new CBA could add a unique twist to free agency come February (Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun).
– Ottawa GM Marcel Desjardins says there’s been no significant progress on a new contract for quarterback Trevor Harris, who’s set to become a free agent on Feb. 12 (Tim Baines, Ottawa Sun).
– Alouettes GM Kavis Reed says recently-signed Hugo Richard will be viewed as a quarterback and won’t be changing positions (Joey Alfieri, TSN 690).
– The Als are hopeful they’ll be able to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position by the end of the week (Didier Orméjuste, RDS).
– Alouettes pending free agent Lawrence Pittman has reportedly signed with Atlanta of the new Alliance of American Football (Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette).