Ticats trade John Chick to Eskimos

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded John Chick to the Edmonton Eskimos.

In exchange, they receive a second round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft while sending a fifth-round pick to Edmonton.

The 34-year-old Chick has started all eight games this season for the 0-8 Ticats and has played 116 games in his eight-year CFL career. He has 16 tackles and two sacks this season.

After signing with the club as a free agent in the winter of 2016, Chick started all 18 regular season games and the Eastern semifinal for the Tiger-Cats last season and was named a CFL all-star and Hamilton’s most outstanding defensive player in his first year with the team.  The native of Gillette, Wy., is a three-time CFL All-Star and helped the Roughriders win Grey Cup titles in 2007 and 2013. He was named the CFL’s most outstanding defensive player in 2009.

The Ticats signed Chick to contract extension through the 2018 CFL season in May.

The move is the first sign the Ticats have all but given up on making the post-season and have begun dumping salary in exchange for future assets.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>So many friends &amp; incredible memories made in <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hamilton?src=hash”>#Hamilton</a>. Lots of love to the fans &amp; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ticats?src=hash”>#Ticats</a> for being so kind to me &amp; family. Thank you!</p>&mdash; John Chick (@johnchick97) <a href=”https://twitter.com/johnchick97/status/899312307607613441″>August 20, 2017</a></blockquote>
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69 Comments on Ticats trade John Chick to Eskimos

  1. Dave Smith // August 20, 2017 at 11:37 am //

    And, it starts!

  2. Eddiefelson // August 20, 2017 at 11:37 am //

    Extea extra read all about it; THIS IS NOT HOW YOU START WINNING GAMES

  3. Good move. More to come. Clear salary and pick up picks. Keep this positive and change the team orientation to the future. Training camp starts now with an “extended 10 game training camp for 2018”. We have to use it wisely!!!

  4. Class guy but hasnt played well all year. Good luck to him.

    • Agreed, Barry. They don’t come any better than John Chick, but his performance is down and he will be turning 35 in November. This move frees up salary cap, gains a high draft pick, and will allow a younger player to gain some reps. It also send John to a contender to give him a shot at the Cup. Nice deal all round.

  5. Solara2000 // August 20, 2017 at 11:46 am //

    A good trade for both teams and John Chick. Edmonton needs the depth in face of their injuries to realize their continued hold on first place and GC aspirations.

    Hamilton gains a future prospect and generates cap room.

    A good player past his prime who can stretch his career in a positive, winning environment.

  6. Started all seven for the 0-8 Ti-cats?

    Editing is a skill.

  7. I agree Chick should not have been signed to a contract extension for 2018. At 34 years old as a DE, maybe a QB at that age. Hadn’t shown his talents of past years, but yes time to unload high salaries and bring cap down, and start planning for the rebuilding process and future, as this season is gone!

  8. Good for John he gets out of the football wastelands that is the eastern Division. John still has the talent to play more football he is a beast. The highest paid players always get thrown under the bus by the fans. It’s a good move for Hamilton because they do need to start a rebuild just like the Riders needed to do out west. It sucks to see John go to the Eskimos but he will be a great addition for them for sure.

  9. Shawn Goldwater // August 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm //

    Surprised Edmonton has the cap room.

    • writfiler // August 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm //

      Of course they have the cap space, what with Sherritt out for the season & Bowman & Hunt on the 6-game IR…..

    • Most of the Esks higher priced talents are on the 6 game IR so they don’t count towards the cap.

  10. I agree on dumping Banks really has done not much of anything spectacular since last August maybe he was faster on drugs,turns 30 in December i believe and at times looked disinterested in being here.The dropped TD the other night was the icing on the cake send him packing.

  11. Edmonton cap space. Perhaps they don’t over pay the players…

  12. Hey Angelo, where are you? Are we clearing cap room for the entry of Johnny Manziel into the CFL?

  13. Chick is no longer a dominant DE. Father Time is cruel.

    A 2nd round pick is fine but Austin will go off the board and draft someone he views as “just a good football player”.

    Up next, Brandon Banks.

  14. I disagree with dumping Zach, he is still an elite quarterback. But no protection, no running threat and receiving needs some help.
    I also believe the culture is bad.
    If rebuilding is whats going on now you need to start at quarterback and I think we have 2 pretty good ones now.
    Sadly I think KA has to go, maybe he lost his edge you need to coach successfully.

    • The skill is still there, Bill, but the winning mentality is lost. The awkward, don’t-hurt-me hook slide in the second quarter when he got hit by Jerrell Gavins is a tell-tale indicator he’s more concerned about not getting hurt than playing well. He needs to sit and Masoli needs to start. Either the time on the bench will reignite his competitive fire and get him back to properly playing quarterback, or he’ll waste away on the sidelines, happily not getting injured.

      • Tiger man // August 21, 2017 at 7:40 am //

        Yes, why should Collaros slide like EVERY OTHER quarterback. Take the hit and be out….

        Comments like that…I wonder if you took not enough hook slides yourself!!!

        Are you for real?????

    • Billinburlington // August 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm //

      A good move for John Chick- good to see him move to a contender. As a Ticat fan it’s hard to accept that the team is throwing in the towel for this season. Agree that we have two excellent QBs. Not sure that ditching KA is the answer. On paper we had a good team at the start- although a few pod casters predicted at the start that we’d be a mess. Is it bad talent (who is in charge of talent evaluation?). Inconsistencies due to the assistant coaching changes from season to season? Bad coaching? Something else?

  15. Big Bob

    Your group should be recruiting – young Canadian talent and dumping you know who for cap space
    Very Quickly

  16. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm //

    Good move for a strongly contending team. It fills an immediate short term need. Of course this is a stop gap measure and Edmonton knows it. Basically all its costs is a swap of their 2nd round pick for Hamilton’s 5th.
    If Edmonton was a building team (like sask) this move would make little sense.

  17. What a terrible trade for Hamilton.

  18. Alex Droho // August 20, 2017 at 1:09 pm //

    Wish Chick well. A class act. Glad for him that he is out of this mess.

  19. Ticat Mike // August 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm //

    Chick is a good guy and I wish him well. Not sure he should have been extended here at such a high price given his age and diminishing talents. He’s ok, but not the dominant rush end of yesteryear. I would think Banks is next given a combination of salary and lacklustre performance. Some guys peak for a year or two and then nothing and that appears to be Banks story. Again, sports is a cruel game, and football especially. Collaros is a keeper in my opinion. This guy can be very good with a solid O line, run game, and receiving corps — all areas that have regressed. Focus on building the damn o line, and getting in an offense that fires on all levers and is less predictable and more adaptable to changing circumstances. Time to consisder bringing back dual backs, and maybe a TE. LOL….. football is football and its execution with blocking and time to develp plays that count. The way we line up on offense doesnt work. It sickens me to see Collaros back there wil limited protection and no outlet passing options.

  20. Bob Sobot // August 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm //

    We do not need to fire kent he needs to tell his players you will be traded if you don’t play and as for BB he is still great the CATS

  21. Peter Griffin // August 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm //

    Good for John Chick, going to a real team that actually wins some games. I expect we will be saying so long to some more Cats over the next while. Players on their bye week will be nervous about picking up their phones. Or maybe not, wouldn’t be shocked if some (many?) want out of this nightmare.

  22. Chick was not playing his best football this year but it’s hard to evaluate on such a terrible team. It would of been nice to get at least a prospect back. I would hope to see a bunch of nfl cuts making their way to the hammer.

  23. I find this a little surprising considering that we just traded a reserve defensive lineman to Saskatchewan. We usually get burned in trades to Edmonton more than any other CFL team. We might also have our eyes on a potential NFL cut that could be signed for substantially less money.

    • TigersCoach // August 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm //

      We got Simoni Lawrence and Jeremiah Masoli from Edmonton for spare parts. I think we won that one!

  24. Rider rooter // August 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm //

    Wow this is a surprise move. As a inturm move is ok. They need for the Labor Day back to back. Good on him he is a classy player

  25. Good for both clubs. New lease on life for Chick. Agree definitely stop gap measure for Esks. Likely one & done for Chick. Chance to show he can still play.

  26. Chick has been invisible all year. Banks is washed up – he already took a pay cut to stay so you know he’s one foot out the door already. I’d sit Zac this week just to clear his head.. see what happens with Masoli. Our recievers are pathetic and our DBs’s are even worse, minus Tasker and E.Davis. This version of the Cats is pathetic, uninspired, and depressing to watch. Build for next year now.

  27. bigD makes a good point. Sit Zach and give him a bit of time to settle down if for no other reason you need a bit of a shake up IF the coaches aren’t going to get him a different set of calls to give the D’s a different look.
    Moving assets like Chick makes some sense here.

  28. Eric Gowland // August 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm //

    How do we consistently take great players and turn them into shadows of their former selves? Disrespect and poor coaching – obviously the Cats are struggling in attracting and retaining talent to our team. Look around the league at how many ex-Cats are thriving – Ottawa should put Austin’s name on their Grey Cup team – he single handedly built them into an immediate contender.
    Who’s next to go, Simone? Collaros?
    I cant bring myself to buy another shirt with a players name on it – the good ones never stick around anymore.

    • Solara2000 // August 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm //

      I respect John Chick but he is not a great player; those days are past. It wasn’t about bad coaching (although perhaps the D schemes were not playing to his strengths).His age simply crept up with his ability and heart. A good player who will benefit from the trade.

  29. Rick cowan // August 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm //

    I think you will see another trade maybe Laurent or a national defensive back for St John

  30. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm //

    Edmonton has back to back games coming up against a great team that will go along way to deciding first in the west. Edmonton is playing rent a player..smart move
    Calgary vs. Edmonton labor day series 2017= Canada vs. Russia summit series in 1972. Both epic!

  31. Amongst everything else that has been well documented I don’t think the bye in Week 2 did the team any favours.

    Losing Game 1 didn’t allow for any adjustments that might have been realized in Week 2. We had to wait until Week 3. And the rest as they say is history.

  32. We could see more moves now we have a bye week. If this kind of re-building stuff had occurred earlier (at 0-4?)or even in the off-season maybe we would still be in the playoff hunt. But how do we overcome the bad play-calling and game management that have been Austin’s hallmarks for the past couple of seasons?

  33. Lindsay Wilcox // August 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm //

    Banks’ lackluster performance ? Is that because he hasn’t returned a KR or PR for a TD this year (yet)? There haven’t been many this year compared to other years for ALL returners/teams. His KOR average is down, but his PR average is still in the top half in the league. And don’t forget he renegotiated his contract DOWN in the off-season, probably as an alternative then to being released. ALL teams are kicking away from Banks and other top returners, aiming for the sidelines. And the Ticats’ blocking on KR and PR has been inconsistent with changes every week. Yes he dropped a sure TD pass – go back and check your DVRs of other TC games this year and you will see at least 4 TD passes dropped by other receivers, 3 of whom are still Ticats.

    As for Chick, we needed to get Adrian Tracy in as a regular, he’s about 10 years younger than Chick.

    Like many commenters, I’d like to see Masoli get more starts. And a running game/screens/draws would be more than helpful

  34. Collarus is ONLY concerned with not getting injured even if that results in him being totally ineffectual. There is a perfect place for a player who is ONLY concerned about not getting hurt. The sidelines as No.2 then he can do his best to be No. 3. Then a lawnchair? Easy chair?

  35. I love when people on here say Austin”s coaching is not the problem,the lack of talent or the players we have let go to other teams are.Hello wake up please Austin is The President of Football Operations and the Head Coach the buck stops at him he has all the say in all things regarding Football.

  36. Laurent for St John, yeah rigggght! How stupid do you think Austin is????

    • I could easily see some trade involving St. John and Laurent, or if the Ticats have a Canadian Jones sees as a possible starting safety that would make sense too. St. John for Laurent straight up I don’t think works but add in Steele and maybe a mid round pick from the Rider’s side and that could work. St. John is a first overall pick, but he hasn’t had that much playing time yet so he’s still somewhat unproven. Laurent is proven, but he may well have a bigger contract than he’s worth, but overall I think the Riders would have to add something to make that trade work. You could also work with some kind of conditional pick based on how many games St. John starts over the next season and a half.

      • And there’s probably a reason that St.John hasn’t seen much playing time! Laurent (aside from being injured at the moment and unable to play) is FAR more valuable to the team than acquiring a less-than-stellar player like St. John. And there isn’t a long term need for Steele on the DL (he’s already been a Ticat).

        • The key reason is that we made a decision to go with vets on the OL to cut down on mistakes and better protect Glenn. As Ticat fans know, one good hit could put Glenn out for a while. St. John was going to start this year, and then I think it was right at the beginning of training camp we made a trade for Dyakowski, which moved him back to the bench. Nothing about his play has suggested that he’s less than stellar, only that he’s a rookie and unproven in game play.

          • Humber River // August 21, 2017 at 3:26 am //

            Total homer comment. They traded for Dyakowski specifically because they think St. John is less than stellar.

            A #1 overall pick should be starting by year 2. If St. John is still not a starter next year, he’ll officially be a bust.

          • Ah, no. I looked back at the dates and we added Dyakowski on May 27, and camp started May 28. So before camp started the Riders looked at the team and recognized that they had UGE depth at receiver, but were looking at starting a guard who was young and had had limited playing time the year before, and they had a possible trade on the table to get Dyakowski for Edwards, so they pulled the trigger. Also, keep in mind that at this point we knew Vince Young was injured and would be out for a month anyway. This meant that we were going to be depending on Glenn a lot more, and as we all know he’s been somewhat brittle throughout his career. Trading for Dyakowski was a very logical, risk reducing, choice.

          • Ok, so total brain cramp on one point I made there. Young was injured at the END of training camp, not the beginning. Nonetheless, the day before training camp all the players will have been there. There were no no-shows or late retirements in our receiving corps, so we knew we had excess depth there, and we had a chance to pick up a good veteran OG, so we did. St. John was a holdout last year so this was in first training camp as well. Dyakowski was the safer bet and we went with it.

  37. Ticat Mike // August 20, 2017 at 5:49 pm //

    Banks is a shadow of his former self. He seems more indecisive most of last year and all of this. Adrian Tracey — invisible — has one or two great games a year.
    We don’t need younger and cheaper necessarily, we just need better — a lot better.
    And those calling for Zach Collaros to leave — let’s see if a well grounded play book, blocking, run game, schemes, outlet passes, etc. helps first. Or, we can see him leave like Calivillo and Damen Allen when they too had no support around them & turn into an allstar QB with a coaching staff that knows how put an offense together & adjust within and between games. If only to take a breather and see things from the outside,sitting Zach for one game may be a good call. Masoli always shows glimpses of great play — he’s mobile — but,if you havent noticed, other teams catch on pretty quickly and force him into same ineffective play. I would love to be wrong — love to see all the guys play at an elite level. But at 0 and 8 — tough to watch.

    • Damon Allen and Calvillo were at different stages in their careers when they played in Hamilton – Allen led us to one of the winningest seasons in franchise history – Calvillo was very young at the time and just was not that good at that time – he needed 5-6 seasons in the league behind another qb before he could show anything.

      • The Lions fans who saw AC play for Hamilton in BC were impressed enough to be talking about the Lions trading to get AC, despite the lack of protection from the O line.

        They saw him for one game with no worries about young or bad play.

  38. Collaros stays, Oline is a complete waste and I mean all of them, d-line needs help, Lawrence is playing hurt I am assuming, Dean is good, Leonard a pleasant surprise best guy in backfield. Guys coming back from injury rusty should wait to see what happens in the next couple of games. It doesn’t matter the season is over, just hope they do not get blanked. We need some of the receivers we let go who are starting with other teams. We need coaches for offense and defense as well as a head coach. Not to mention a good GM. Get rid of Tillman and Austin. Basically we need a major overhaul except for a few. The season is over period!

  39. Can’t see any way Laurent gets moved. A stud DT like him you can build your team around. I’ve said for a long time my Riders need a DT on the lines of Laurent, Johnson, Sewell or Laing. A National DT of Laurent’s caliber is gold. You’d have to offer Jefferson to start that conversation. Laurent is all Cdn for a few years now. Remember Jones was in the bidding for his services last year till the price went to 270k.

    • Saaay what?! Laurent is making $270k?! That would explain some things. I agree with you that if I was making the decisions for Hamilton I wouldn’t be too quick to get rid of Laurent, but over the course of this season I’ve heard a number of Ticat fans say that they’re not that happy with Laurent, or at least not that happy considering what he’s making. If that’s what he’s making then I think the Riders wouldn’t be interested. I don’t think he would fit into our cap structure in any event. I also agree with you that we have needed a stud DT, but just this last game I think we may have found one, Nick James. BIG Nick James, that is, all 6’5” 320 lbs. of him. He reminds me of Nate Davis. He’s an import, mind you, but he’s probably making about ¼ of what Laurent is making.

  40. Evil Empire // August 20, 2017 at 11:05 pm //

    Much needed help with 2 DL going down in the Ottawa game. A smart move by Sunderland, and the Esks. Now, if they could just get healthier, and stay that way. They will contend.

  41. pantsonfire // August 20, 2017 at 11:36 pm //

    Reportedly signed for that amount, yes. Laurent is still only 29 & in his prime. Does have 4 sacks which puts him at top of the charts for DT’s. Eight a year is considered excellent for DT & he’s on pace. Riders dropped out in 2016 when price escalated. Als stayed in bidding a bit longer than Riders according to TSN at the time. TiCats overpaid but needed to sign him. Sewell for example settled for $170K same year but likely took discount as has set in roots in Edmonton & unlike Laurent, is not a National. I agree, definitely would throw salary structure in Sask out of whack.

  42. pantsonfire // August 20, 2017 at 11:51 pm //

    BTW, Icie, I have to agree with you. Esks needed to sign Chick. Hard to believe after 14 sack season he’s forgotten how to play football. My feeling is, like Bowman in Mtl, he can still be good @ 34 in the right environment. A rental for half the season & on another team next year. I still think they need to go outside the organization for a MLB – maybe Greg Jones – another rental. Esks need to shore up the middle vs Calgary with Sewell & Sherritt & Korrey Jones gone. Calgary’s gonna be a tough order this year with the injuries. In fact, I think Riders won’t be easy this week – never thought I’d say that but all the starting DB’s may be out. Guess I’ll have to take consolation in Bombers kicking their butts around for 2 weeks.

  43. Mark get your facts straight when talking about QBS Calvillo was 28 when He sign with Montreal just one year younger than Collaros and He won the Cup 4 seasons later as for spending 5 or 6 years behind other QBS he spent the 1998 behind Ham they split the time in 1999 and Ham then retired and Calvillo was the started in 2000 winning the Cup in 2002.If you do not learn from History than History will repeat itself is the saying cut Collaros and watch Montreal and Toronto Jump all over Him!!!!!!

    • Get my facts straight – OK – Calvillo was born August 23, 1972 and finished in Hamilton at 25 in 1997 and was not really a full time starter until 2000 at age 28 and won a Grey Cup in 2002 at age 30. My point was that Damon Allen came to Hamilton as a seasoned starter – he had been in the league since 1985 or 1986 and had been a full-time starter since ’88. Calvillo did not turn 23 until part-way through his first season in Hamilton.

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