The most significant CFL cuts

Here are the nine most significant players released by CFL teams over the weekend:

1. Vince Young, QB, Saskatchewan. The grand experiment involving the 34-year-old former NFL and U.S. college star has come to an inglorious conclusion as the Riders released him outright. His agent says he’s going to back to Texas to rehab but this is, in all likelihood, the last we’ll see of Young north of the border.

2. Drew Willy, QB, Toronto: The Argos sent defensive back T.J. Heath and their first round pick in the 2017 CFL Draft to Winnipeg in exchange for Willy in September last year in what, at the time, felt like a desperation move by then-general manager Jim Barker. Heath was a CFL all-star in 2016 (and will start again this season), the pick turned out to be the first overall (defensive end Faith Ekakitie). Meanwhile, the Argos missed the playoffs, re-did Willy’s deal, gave him a $70,000 signing bonus and have now cut him. In the middle of all that, Barker got fired. By the way, the Argos still owe the Bombers at 2018 third-rounder.

3. Jovon Johnson, DB, Montreal: Johnson has played 10 CFL seasons for four different teams (Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal) and been a very productive player: he’s a five-time East All-Star, a two-time CFL All-Star, the 2011 CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player and a Grey Cup winner in 2007 with the Riders (albeit on the practice roster.) But at 33-years-old, time is catching up with him.

4. Kenny Stafford, REC, Winnipeg: Stafford signed a two-year contract with the Bombers back in January worth approximately $120,000 per season. The deal reunited Stafford with Matt Nichols, the quarterback with whom he enjoyed the best season of his career in Edmonton two years ago. But Stafford has a reputation as a trouble-maker and may have worn out his welcome in Bomberland quickly. More on what it means for the Bombers. UPDATE: Stafford has been added to the Eskimos practice roster.

5. Anthony Allen, RB Saskatchewan Roughriders. This one is a bit of head-scratcher, given that Allen was only signed on June 2. He spent two seasons with the Riders before heading to B.C. for the 2016 season. Allen saw limited action in the pre-season, something he noted when announcing his release on Twitter.

Riderville it was fun… don’t know why I was brought in though only to be let go.. ran the ball once last game

— Anthony Allen (@Ant_Allen) June 17, 2017

6. Mitch Gale, QB, Stampeders. Canadian Andrew Buckley and former NFL pivot Ricky Stanzi beat out the 27-year-old for the right to back up Bo Levi Mitchell. Gale was in Toronto for three seasons before spending 2016 in Saskatchewan. Gale has played in 13 games completing 79 of 137 passes for 950 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. One possible landing spot: Hamilton, where he spent time at the end of the 2015 season.

7. Shakir Bell, RB, Redblacks: Bell spent two years with Edmonton before signing with Ottawa in May. But two fumbles in the pre-season likely didn’t do him any favours as he competed with William Powell and Mossis Madu.

8. Kendial Lawrence, RB/KR, Eskimos: This was Lawrence’s second go-round with Edmonton and the 26-year-old has also had stints in Hamilton and Saskatchewan. The Esks have John White and former Redblack Travon Van, who played well in the pre-season.

9. Ben D’Aguilar, LB, Calgary Stampeders: appeared in 49 regular-season games and two playoff contests over four seasons with the Stamps after being selected in the second round of the 2013 draft. D’Aguilar played primarily on special teams, accumulating 35 career special-teams tackles. He also had four defensive tackles, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

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36 Comments on The most significant CFL cuts

  1. Howbout Willy in Toronto?

    • Marc Lebut // June 19, 2017 at 11:27 am //

      Likely land in Ottawa, since Tate is out for the season.

      • Tater Tot is out already? Wow, somethings never change. What happened, did he bump into the linesman or something like that.

  2. More to come by 9:01 central 10:01 eastern

  3. horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm //

    Come on Jones. Times a marchin on. A let’s see what you’re doing

  4. K_O_cowtown // June 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm //

    Gail didn’t do anything in the last game to save his job.

  5. Wow some great names already released, what is going to come up in the next few hours are going to be a huge fire sale across the League, especially My RIDERS whom had a ton of people show up to try out, Sorry to see Anthony Allen gone, wish him the best out there, hopefully gets picked up..

    • Anyone understand why Bingham got axed? He seemed like he could develop into a #1 DB. Speed to burn and an instinct to intercept rarely seen.

      • Riderfan Ron // June 18, 2017 at 6:12 am //

        Like Vince he’s injured. He sent out a tweet saying that he’d be back in a few weeks. I guess we could have 6 gamed them and then recalled them when healthy, but I think you can only do that so many times in a season. This way we free up a couple of roster spots and then bring them back when they’re healthy, by which time several other players will likely have gotten injured and placed on one IR list or another opening up space for them.

  6. horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm //

    The carousel continues is sask. Allen gone. Bell soon to be picked up likely.

  7. Rick cowan // June 17, 2017 at 5:52 pm //

    Yes I would not be surprised if Shakir Bell signs with the Riders

  8. Scottsask // June 17, 2017 at 5:55 pm //

    I’ll third that.

  9. Scottsask // June 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm //

    Or Lafrance is on his way off the IR.

  10. Riderfan Ron // June 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm //

    Very surprised about Anthony Allen. I have to think that there’s something else going on there. I thought he was very productive the first time he was with the Riders, and he was productive last year with Lions as well, so why does he keep getting cut?

  11. there maybe some trades who knows

  12. Marty-Moose // June 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm //

    I am most disheartened by some of the CIS products cut- particularly Blasko and Thera-Plamondon & Hillis. Was hoping all those boys would stick on a roster.

  13. Do u get a prize by waiting until the final 10 PM DEADLINE?

  14. Scottsask // June 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm //

    I think so, automatic first round Bye.

  15. Maybe Allen was brought in to catch the attention of Cam Marshall.

    Hamilton is a good fit for Allen.

    Good running back, hope he gets a shot.

  16. horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 9:57 pm //

    The fact someone who didn’t play a single preseason game is listed as the most significant cut proves my point. You sign high profile, high risk players it puts you under the microscope. Considering the QB situation that’s settled out is sask it really doesn’t reflect well on Jones off season

    • I have to agree. I can’t understand why Jones EVER thought he would be a viable option – just because he once was good. Just proves that he should leave the QB searching to the more offensive-minded coaches on his staff. Young can hardly be considered a
      “significant” cut when he didn’t even make it through much more than a week of camp.

  17. Scottsask // June 18, 2017 at 12:36 am //

    …..and now we’ll never know.

  18. Why is Chris Jones always the bad guy? If he had a good quarterback the Riders would have a strong team. He’ll get one eventually and might have one now in Williams.

    • What scares me is what Darian Durant is going to do if he’s healthy. We watched John Chick leave Saskatchewan and become an eastern all-star. I think those losses along with fan-favourite Dressler leaving, have placed a bad taste in several Rider fans mouths. This is Chris Jones make-or-break season. Hopefully, with average quarterback play along with a decent offense and defense, the team can make some inroads this season.

      • Pussycats // June 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm //

        Best not to address some/most 2016 all-stars in the East considering the pathetic overall records of their teams during the regular season. Some eastern all-star positions should have been left blank as NQ (No Qualifiers).

    • Because he wanted, and got, full control, wearing three hats (HC, GM and VP of football Operations). If they do not Have a QB after two years, or whatever else they need, who’s fault do you think it is? Only other person beside him is the guy who hired him. Kevin Glenn may have had the potential to be a star originally but right now, he is NOT the answer. he is nothing more than a career backup / TEMPORARY starter.

      You want a QB? Maybe you need Scouts because you had a QB and cut him. His name, you may recall, is Jonathon Jennings. Thanks BTW. 🙂

  19. Scottsask // June 18, 2017 at 1:24 am //

    I hope you’re right. I’ll just temper my enthusiasm for a while. Kevin Glenn should and will start, I wouldn’t throw Williams to the wolves.

  20. Always SURPRISE CUTS every year in the CFL and NFL on final cutdown day. Some will recycle themselves at a lower salary just to stay in the game others will never play pro ball again. Would like to see the ACTIVE GAMEDAY ROSTER increased to 50. I am sure every team would love to have 4 guys back at the very least that they just parted ways with. Too many good players leaving the game before they deserve to.

  21. did jones not find franklin?

  22. Scottsask // June 19, 2017 at 12:36 am //

    Yes he did.

  23. Scottsask // June 19, 2017 at 12:37 am //

    And Murphy found Calgary’s starter.

  24. horsieland // June 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm //

    Jury is still very much out on Franklin. People are getting a little ahead of themselves there

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