February 7, 2019

FA Rumour Mill: Riders get Roosevelt back

Arthur Ward/CFL.ca

TORONTO — After weeks of speculation, free agency is officially open.

As the market takes shape, CFL.ca has you covered with all the latest chatter and rumours regarding free agency from CFL.ca writers, players and FA insiders.

Click here to view the full list of pending free agents on the CFL.ca Free Agent Tracker, as well as CFL.ca’s top 30 pending free agents.

:: Roosevelt returns to Riders: According to John Hodge of 3 Down Nation, receiver Naaman Roosevelt will be back in Riderville in 2019 after agreeing to a one-year contract extension:

:: Has Walker made his decision?: According to multiple reports, Derel Walker has chosen to sign with the Argos:

:: Walker leaning towards Argos?: Justin Dunk of 3 Down Nation speculates that Walker’s decision to put other visits around the league on hold indicates he’s leaning towards signing with Toronto.

:: Top free agent Walker returns home: After touring with the Argos, Derel Walker has returned home before deciding who he’ll sign with in free agency:

:: Collaros named Riders’ starter: According to Riders GM Jeremy O’Day, Zach Collaros will be the Riders’ starting quarterback:

:: Riders, REDBLACKS looking at Glenn?: Kevin Glenn’s name has surfaced in free agent talks on Wednesday afternoon, as the Riders and REDBLACKS are reportedly interested in the veteran passer:

:: Popp says Argos could pursue Travis Lulay: Argos GM Jim Popp has named James Franklin the team’s starting quarterback, but has said he could look at a veteran to come in and help back up, specifically mentioning Travis Lulay.

:: Argos ‘courting’ Derel Walker: It appears the Argos are putting on the full court press for Derel Walker, who’s been invited to tour the BMO Field facilities and attend a Toronto Raptors game Wednesday night:

:: REDBLACKS to sign Jonathon Jennings: According to Justin Dunk of 3 Down Nation, Jonathon Jennings has chosen to sign with the Ottawa REDBLACKS:

:: Shawn Lemon headed back to Toronto?: Argos GM Jim Popp has told listeners on TSN Radio that the team has signed defensive end Shawn Lemon:

:: Als ink Loffler for two years: TSN’s Farhan Lalji is reporting that all-star safety Taylor Loffler has inked a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes:

:: REDBLACKS, Argos in on Jennings?: According to TSN’s Dave Naylor, Jonathon Jennings’ list of potential landing spots is down to Toronto and Ottawa as the two teams bid for his services:

:: Argos could be in on Derel Walker: Derel Walker seems to be the odd man out in Edmonton with all their signings today but could re-unite with James Franklin in Toronto according to Dave Campbell.

:: Posey headed back East, signs with Als: After a brief stint with the BC Lions, DeVier Posey is headed back East, signing with the Montreal Alouettes, according to Dave Naylor.


:: REDBLACKS close deal with Jennings?: With Trevor Harris departed, the Ottawa REDBLACKS are reportedly about to sign free agent quarterback Jonathon Jennings:

:: Riders land defensive tackle Micah Johnson: Justin Dunk is reporting the Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed free agent defensive tackle Micah Johnson:

:: Alouettes reportedly sign Levels: The Als have signed former Stampeders defensive back Patrick Levels, according to a report from TSN’s Joey Alfieri:

:: Three teams in on Bo Sweepstakes?: According to Justin Dunk and Dave Naylor, the Stamps, Argos and Riders are all in on trying to get the services of MOP Bo Levi Mitchell.  Mitchell remains the only top tier quarterback on the market with Trevor Harris and Mike Reilly signed in Edmonton and BC.

:: Ja’Gared Davis headed to Hamilton to meet with Ticats: Former Stampeders rush end Ja’Gared Davis is rumoured to be flying to Hamilton to meet with the Ticats brass with the intention of inking a deal, according to Justin Dunk.

:: Lions adding close to signing Grymes; Anthony Orange to the Esks: TSN’s Farhan Lalji is reporting that a pair of all-star DBs are on the move.  BC Lions are close to signing DB Aaron Grymes and the Esks are looking to get back the services of Anthony Orange.

:: Esks add DaVaris Daniels to their haul: TSN’s Farhan Lalji is reporting that DaVaris Daniels is the latest free agent headed to Edmonton, leaving the rival Stampeders:

:: Eskimos preparing for overhaul?: TSN’s Dave Naylor is reporting that the Eskimos are also adding linebackers Jovan Santos-Knox and Larry Dean — on top of earlier reports the team has added Trevor Harris, SirVincent Rogers and Greg Ellingson:

:: Esks snag Unamba from Ticats: According to Justin Dunk, LB Don Unamba has agreed to sign with the Eskimos:

:: BC getting LeMarvelous: According to Dan Barnes, the BC Lions have inked local receiver Lemar Durant:

:: Chungh lands in BC: Farhan Lalji is reporting that former Bombers OL Sukh Chungh is the latest signing in what has been a big early free agency for Ed Hervey and the BC Lions:

:: Riders land running back William Powell: 3 Down Nation‘s Justin Dunk is reporting William Powell has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders:

:: SirV Headed to Edmonton: According to Justin Dunk, international offensive tackle SirVincent Rogers has inked a deal with the Edmonton Eskimos, leaving Ottawa.

:: Spencer Wilson headed to Als: According to Herb Zurkowski, the Alouettes have signed Canadian offensive lineman Spencer Wilson.

:: Esks reportedly get Larry Dean: According to Justin Dunk, the Eskimos have signed star linebacker Larry Dean:

:: Lions looking to stock up: Ryan Rishaug, who broke the Mike Reilly signing, says that now that they have their quarterback in place, they could be after some big names to build around him.

:: Key REDBLACKS heading West?: Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press is reporting that Trevor Harris, Greg Ellingson and SirVincent Rogers could all be headed to Edmonton.

:: Micah Johnson could look east: According to Dunk, Micah Johnson may be looking to move closer to home, making Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal possible landing spots.

:: Argos preparing for Bo sweepstakes: Justin Dunk of 3 Down Nation is reporting that the Argos will be in on the Bo Levi Mitchell sweepstakes on Tuesday, as the team prepares to make an offer in free agency:

:: Bombers, Alexander ink two-year deal: According to Darrin Bauming of TSN1290, the Bombers have inked defensive back Brandon Alexander to a two-year contract extension just before free agency:

:: Cunningham, Als agree to terms: TSN690’s Joey Alfieri is reporting that Alouettes receiver B.J. Cunningham has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2020:

:: Stamps bring back Brescacin: Justin Dunk of 3 Down Nation is reporting that the Calgary Stampeders have agreed to a new deal with national receiver Juwan Brescacin:

:: Micah Johnson free agent bound?: According to John Hufnagel, Micah Johnson is expected to become a free agent, while offensive linemen Spencer Wilson and Randy Richards have not received offers.

:: Stamps ink Turner, Mrabure: Stamps GM John Hufnagel has told 770 CHQR that the team has signed Canadian defensive tackles Junior Turner and Ese Mrabure to contract extensions.

:: Breaux, Ticats close to new deal: Just one day before the start of free agency, TSN’s Dave Naylor is reporting that the Tiger-Cats and Delvin Breaux are close to agreeing to a deal to keep the shutdown cornerback in Hamilton.

:: Burnham, Lions reportedly ink extension: Just two days away from free agency, Justin Dunk of 3 Down Nation is reporting that the Lions have agreed to an extension with receiver Bryan Burnham that will make him one of the highest-paid receivers in the league in 2019:

:: Reilly granted permission to speak to BC?: According to Justin Dunk of 3 Down Nation, the Eskimos have granted Mike Reilly permission to speak to the BC Lions before the start of free agency on Feb. 12.

The CFL has ruled that it is at the club’s discretion as to whether they wish to allow one of their players to speak with another team:

:: Als, Cunningham trying to avoid free agency: TSN 690’s Rick Moffat is reporting that the Alouettes and receiver B.J. Cunningham are still trying to strike a deal before Feb. 12:

:: Loffler to test free agency; discussions continue with Chungh: Kyle Walters spoke on the Bombers heading into free agency Friday, and confirmed that safety Taylor Loffler will test the open market. Meanwhile, the team is still working to bring back offensive guard Sukh Chungh:

:: Esks won’t be outbid on Reilly: As reported by Morley Scott of 630 CHED, the Eskimos have told Mike Reilly that money won’t be an issue, as they will match any offer that comes his way in free agency:

:: Santos-Knox, Bombers aren’t close on deal: Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press is reporting that the Bombers and pending free agent linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox are ‘a long way apart’ on a contract extension.

:: Breaux checking NFL options?: According to Frank Zicarelli of the Toronto Sun, one of the top pending free agents in Delvin Breaux is still looking for opportunities south of the border, where he spent two seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

:: Riders to check in with Collaros: Riders head coach Craig Dickenson told CHQR 770‘s Jock Wilson that he will ‘visit with Zach Collaros’ as the team considers its options at quarterback in 2019. Dickenson said he wants to consider the quarterbacks on the roster before looking elsewhere (transcription courtesy of Rod Pedersen).

:: Brouillette calling it a career: It appears pending free agent Marc Olivier Brouillette has retired from the CFL, the veteran safety has indicated on his Twitter account.

:: Argos talking to Carter, Ball and Ray: According to the Toronto Sun‘s Frank Zicarelli, Argos GM Jim Popp says the team has had ongoing dialogue with three of its high-profile free agents. While Ricky Ray’s playing future remains uncertain, the Argos have talked to Duron Carter and Marcus Ball about the possibility of a contract extension.

:: Top REDBLACKS poised to hit free agency: As Tim Baines of the Ottawa Citizen writes, REDBLACKS GM Marcel Desjardins says he’s not optimistic he’ll be able to extend the team’s top pending free agents before Feb. 12 — though he’s not ruling anything out.

:: Bo Levi Mitchell to ‘weigh his options’: It appears 2018 Most Outstanding Player Bo Levi Mitchell will consider other options than just Calgary or the NFL, as Dave Naylor, Farhan Lalji and Justin Dunk are reporting the Stamps’ quarterback could test the open market: