Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sign Dave Stala, Release Chad Rempel

HAMILTON, ON-The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed non-import wide receiver Dave Stala while releasing fellow wideout Chad Rempel.

Stala was born in Poland and grew up in Hamilton. He was an AUS All-Star while he was a St. Mary's Huskie. While doubling as a K/P and WR.

General manager Bob O'Billovich said of the signing, "''We're excited to add an experienced Canadian player like Dave to our offence. He brings a tremendous amount of versatility to our team as he's an accomplished kicker and punter as well as an outstanding receiver.”

In 2003, he was a sixth round draft pick of the Montreal Alouettes. He got 145 receptions for 1,852 yards.

Rempel who came out of Saskatchewan was never a big part of the TiCats offense.

Over four years he caught eight passes, for 118 yards recording no touchdowns.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Add a Pair and Drop a Pair

WINNIPEG,MB-The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have announced the signings of ex-Tigercat Nick Kordic and ex-NFLer John Eubanks.

Kordic a Western Ontario University grad was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2008 and played in 15 games for them mostly on special teams.

Eubanks went undrafted in the 2006 NFL Draft and was signed by the Washington Redskins spending parts of 06' and 07' with Washington. He played college football for Southern Mississippi University and was named Conference USA Special Teams players of the year in 2004.

Mike Kelly said of the signings,"We’re very pleased to add these two players to our roster. We think they will add to the competitiveness of our defensive backfield."

The Blue Bombers also announced the release of eight year veteran wide receiver Jamie Stoddard and defensive back Aric Williams who was recently signed by Winnipeg.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BC Lions Import Two Offensive Linemen

The BC Lions have announced they have signed two offensive linemen, imports Martin Bibla and Darren Marquez.

Bibla has also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos of the NFL and the Philadelphia Soul of the AFL.

Marquez has also played for the Soul along with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Lions have also said they have signed import running backs Amos Allen, Emmanuel Marc and Damian Sims.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Release Backup Richie Williams

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have announced that they released backup quarterback Richie Williams.

He has played in 52 games for the TiCats as a backup to Casey Printers.

However with Kevin Glenn freshly signed he'll now be the primary backup to new quarterback Quinton Porter.

Ex-NFL quarterbacks Josh Betts, Erik Meyer and Adam Tafralis will fight for the third spot come June.

Monday, April 27, 2009

2009 CFL Mock Draft V2.0

Second version of my 2009 CFL Mock Draft.

Round One

1. Hamilton Tiger-Cats: OL Simeon Rottier, Alberta
2. Toronto Argonauts: WR Matt Carter, Acadia
3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats: DE Etienne Legare, Laval
4. BC Lions: OL Matt Morencie, Windsor
5. BC Lions: S Eric Fraser, Central Michigan
6. BC Lions: OL Bill McGrath, Indiana State
7. Montreal Alouettes: OL Steve Myddleton, St. Francis Xavier
8. Calgary Stampeders: OT Dylan Steenbergen, Calgary

Round Two

9. Saskatchewan Roughriders: LB James Yurichuk, Bishop's
10. Toronto Argonauts: DL Dee Stirling, Queen's
11. Edmonton Eskimos: DB Ryan Hinds, New Hampshire
12. Edmonton Eskimos: TE Martin Bedard, UConn
13. BC Lions: LB Michael Cornell, Ottawa
14. Montreal Alouettes: DB Anthony Lucka, McGill
15. Montreal Alouettes: DE Osie Ukwuoma, Queen's
16. Calgary Stampeders: DB Tang Bacheyie, Kansas

Round Three

17. Hamilton Tiger-Cats: DB Jim Allin, Queen's
18. Toronto Argonauts: DB Matt Morris, Toronto
19. Winnipeg Blue Bombers: FB Peter Quinney, Wilfrid Laurier
20. Edmonton Eskimos: WR Matt Lambros, Liberty
21. BC Lions: DL Scott McCuaig, UBC
22. Saskatchewan Roughriders: DL Jon Pierre-Etienne, Montreal
23. Montreal Alouettes: LB Tristan Black, Wayne State
24. Calgary Stampeders: G Mike Morris, UBC

Round Four

25. Montreal Alouettes: WR Spencer Armstrong, Air Force
26. Toronto Argonauts: SB Scott McHenry, Saskatchewan
27. Winnipeg Blue Bombers: C Louis David-Gagne, Laval
28. Calgary Stampeders: FB Eric Lee, Weber State
29. BC Lions: OL Vicent Turgeron, Laval
30. Calgary Stampeders: LB Thaine Carter, Queen's
31. Montreal Alouettes: DE Mathieu Brossard, Montreal
32. Calgary Stampeders: WR Darcy Brown, St. Mary's

Edmonton Eskimos Sign Quarterback Jared Zabransky

The Edmonton Eskimos have signed free agent quarterback Jared Zabransky.

Zabransky is an ex-NCAA College Football video game cover athlete and Boise State Broncos football player.

After going undrafted in 2007 he was signed by the Houston Texans but was released before playing a game.

In 2008, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers and that ended like his Houston stint did.

He has a big arm once telling ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit that he could throw a potato 80 yards.

He'll compete for the backup job to Ricky Ray with Jason Maas and Juan Joseph.

Toronto Argonauts Sign Defensive End Kevin Huntley

The Toronto Argonauts announced that they have signed defensive end Kevin Huntley.

They currently have 12 who will compete for roster spots.

Huntley is 6-7, and has spent time with the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers but hasn't played in a game since 2007.

With the Raiders he had his best season putting up 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks along with a fumble recovery in six games played.

Jamall Lee Takes Name out of CFL Draft Hat

Ex-Bishop's running back and possible number one overall draft pick, Jamall Lee has signed a contract.

No not with the Tiger-Cats or Argonauts, instead it's the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

Lee will try and make the team's 53 man roster which is a long shot but may end up being on the practice squad.

This practically ensures Simeon Rottier going number one to Hamilton since all indications were they were deciding between the two.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

2009 CFL Mock Draft V1.0

Okay the 2009 CFL Draft will be held May 2 and since that's only like a week away I figured I'd released my the first version of my official mock draft.

1. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

After addressing the offensive line need part of the way by adding all-star Dan Goodspeed I think the Tiger-Cats go for a game breaker and add ex-Bishop's Gaiters running back Jamall Lee to replaced Jesse Lumsden who was lost in free agency to the Edmonton Eskimos.

2. Toronto Argonauts

With Lee of the board, the Argos head for their second option slotback Matt Carter, he should bring what Toronto needs since he's arguably the best receiver in the draft.

3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Before the Goodspeed trade most people were projecting offensive lineman Simeon Rottier to go first but after that trade, Rottier falls to third and the TiCats add the much needed offensive lineman.

4. BC Lions

The Lions have three picks in a row and I believe that they answer their offensive line need after losing Rob Murphy to Toronto as a free agent. With the fourth pick Scott Myddelton comes off the board.

5. BC Lions

Osie Ukwuoma will probably be added here to add defensive line depth, and to provide ample time for a possible trade with the Blue Bombers.

6. BC Lions

Now I'm thinking this pick will get traded to Winnipeg and whether it does or doesn't, Matt Morencie another offensive lineman will likely be the pick.

7. Montreal Alouettes

The Alouettes have no true holes so they opt to go with depth and will take ex-Laval defensive lineman Étienne Légaré.

8. Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Dinos offensive lineman Dylan Steenbergen is the likely pick here because not only is he talented but he's a local kid.