Ticats flip Charleston Hughes to Riders for Vernon Adams

Charleston Hughes, traded from the Calgary Stampeders to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday afternoon, has been flipped to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for quarterback Vernon Adams, per sources.


Hamilton acquired Hughes and a fourth-round, 34th overall pick in the 2018 CFL draft from the Stamps and the Ticats give up their fourth-round, 28th overall pick in the same draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2019 CFL pick-fest.

Hughes played in 147 games for the Stampeders recording 372 tackles, 99 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, three interceptions and one defensive touchdown. The two-time Grey Cup champion had spent his entire career in Calgary until he was dealt to Hamilton. Hughes has led the CFL in sacks twice in his career, 2013 and 2016. He leaves Calgary tied for the franchise record in sacks at 99.

The 34-year-old was a CFL all-star in 2017 recording 40 tackles, 11 sacks and one forced fumble in 14 games. Five out of the last six seasons Hughes has notched double-digit sack totals. He’s been a league all-star four times. Hughes is under contract for the 2018 season after signing a two-year extension before the start of the 2017 campaign.

Saskatchewan acquired Adams from the Montreal Alouettes last August in exchange for Canadian defensive back Tevaughn Campbell and two third-round draft selections.

The five-foot-11, 200-pound pivot served as the backup to Montreal starter Darian Durant for the first part of the 2017 season, rushing for nine yards on eight carries while scoring a TD. The Alouettes acquired Adams from the B.C. Lions in May 2016. Adams, 24, started three games that season, completing 42-of-75 passes for 575 yards and four TDs.

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71 Comments on Ticats flip Charleston Hughes to Riders for Vernon Adams

  1. WhhhhAaaaaaa?

    • Looks like Adams is on his way to matching Glen’s ‘every team’ status much quicker! Unless, of course he stays with the winning team that just acquired him!!
      2018: The Year of The Cats!

  2. dangerdan21 // February 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm //

    Bye Johnny so glad you decided not to come

  3. Another old veteran going to the sliders

    • Stumps choke // February 2, 2018 at 5:04 pm //

      Right. Old, veteran, but better anything you have in your closet. Hate on, it’s typical and boring.

    • Jeff Garcia's Agent // February 2, 2018 at 5:08 pm //

      An old veteran who had 11 sacks and was named a CFL All Star for the second straight season in 2017. Geez, you Stamps fan are desperate too spin everything in your favor, aren’t you?

      • True green // February 2, 2018 at 7:58 pm //

        And they’re really grateful for his years of allstar playing aren’t they? No respect as soon as they are gone.

    • Ridersnhabs // February 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm //

      Yup the last old veteran we picked up turned out pretty good , maybe you heard of him and his 2 TD catches in the 2013 grey cup . I’ll let you google that because you don’t seem to bright

      • sliders suck // February 5, 2018 at 11:51 am //

        “TOO” not “TO”
        You slider fans are too stupid to even insult people properly.

        • Stumps choke // February 7, 2018 at 2:46 pm //

          Seriously little girl, someone steal your barbie dolls? What a frigging useless comment to make. Shows a lot more about you than the Riders. It takes someone far more stupid to say what you did, then the target of you comments. Must be a Stumps fan.

  4. Peter North // February 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm //

    Can’t wait for the video tribute to Hughes when he comes to Tim Hortons field.

  5. Ticats need another backup quarterback even if Manziel comes. This would seem to indicate that Golson is not returning.

  6. Edward Leslie // February 2, 2018 at 4:56 pm //

    Wow! I like this. Good horse trading by Chris Jones and Eric Tillman. I guess acquiring Adams shows that Hamilton is probably giving up on signing Johnny Manziel too. Interesting day! This is why I wish there were more trades made in the CFL, it gets fans talking.

  7. Jeff Garcia's Agent // February 2, 2018 at 4:57 pm //

    Can’t wait for the new spin the Stamps fans plan to put on this.

  8. OldBaldGuy // February 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm //

    Good move as I think Marquise Williams is a real hidden gem. Unclogs the QB situation and provides another beast on the D line…especially if Jefferson doesn’t sign. Riders need a big body at D tackle though.

    • Stumps choke // February 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm //

      Agreed. But we have Nick James and he showed very well last year, while nursing some injuries. If he’s healthy, he’s a beast in the middle and we can have Charles do his thing.

    • Everybody please read this!! Willie Jefferson signed on Nov. 20 2017.He is not a free agent!!!!

    • Ridersnhabs // February 2, 2018 at 7:17 pm //

      Oh that big body will soon be on the way when we sign zach Evans .

  9. Stumps choke // February 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm //

    See my comments in the first story. Welcome to the nation Charles. Can wait to see you crush BLM …

  10. Manziel is still in the works cats still needed another QB under contract . They probably werent going to offer Golson a new contract .

  11. OldBaldGuy // February 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm //

    Yup…I do like James. If he gets in better shape Jones will keep him. If not…next up to bat. I hope he comes to camp ready to go though!

  12. Peter North // February 2, 2018 at 5:08 pm //

    Cats have Dane Evans who they resigned to come to camp and potentially develop as the 3rd QB.

    Too bad Golson didn’t get some run. Would liked to have seen him get atleast a look.

  13. Jeff Garcia's Agent // February 2, 2018 at 5:11 pm //

    A full camp should help. He was basically pulled off the street and stuck into the lineup last season.

  14. Year ago TiCats traded John Chick to ESKS. So the whole deal today was some sort of secret dealings where Stamps didn’t want to trade to west . But Cats soon made it clear to trade with Riders. Not sure who if anyone got the best deal. Stamps dumped salary certainly. Hmm, ???

  15. Red&White Forever // February 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm //

    Well that sucks.

  16. June Jones Coached Adams in the 2016 East West Shine Game ..Adams had a great game throwing for 3 TDs

    • Adams will do well in Hamilton. Looking forward to watching him progress as well as the Riders Williams.

    • It seems like t-cats can only sign players that June Jones has at sometime coached? sure cuts down on the prospects!!!

  17. Did not see that coming. But Hughes on one end, Jefferson on the other makes for a pretty darn good scenario (unless you’re a quarterback for the other team)

  18. Wow. Who saw this coming? June Jones must see Vernon Adams adapting well to his run and shoot. Solid move by the Ti-Cats. Eric Tillman deserves a lot of credit for basically getting Vernon Adams in exchange for dropping 6 spots in the 4th round of this years draft.

  19. I wondered why they didn’t get Adams in the Collaros trade.
    What changed? Johnny Football is not gonna like this.

    • Nah, Johnny Football is too busy gazing at himself in the mirror, unaware of anything football related going on around him. When he’s not admiring himself he’s probably still trying to find Hamilton on the map.

  20. For sale: One Charlton Hughes Ticat jersey – mint condition – only worn for a couple hours – dirt cheap!

  21. The only winner in this is Collaros, who no longer has to worry about being pancaked by his nemesis Hughes. And Vernon Adams? Give me a break. He couldn’t even stick with the lowly Alouettes. 3rd string fodder at best. Him and Masoli will have something in common at least, both having played at Oregon…if that means anything.

    • Peter North // February 2, 2018 at 6:13 pm //

      Adams is looking like the new Kevin Glenn…BC, Montreal, Sask, Hamilton. Almost half the league and he’s in his early twenties. Nice.

    • Seriously?
      Not sticking with the Popp/Chapedelaine Larks shows what one can do?

      I can recall Als fans complaining as all he did under Chapedelaine was win three consecutive games.

      Either way – Jones is reported to have coached him in the East/West Shrine game, where he won offense MVP.

      • Sorry Pussy Cat Fan, Vernon Adams does not exactly invoke visions of TC Grey Cups in my head. Semi journeyman QB already and he’s only 25 years old. I was salivating at the thought of Hughes, with Tracy, as the TC bookends, but no, we get another clip board holder instead. As far as Adams winning 3 consecutive games, that was right at the end of the season in garbage time as TC’s had already secured the last PO spot by beating Ottawa in OT.

  22. Great move, Riders. Hughes brings several intangibles with his on-field presence, leadership in the locker room, and arriving in Riderville as a two-time Grey Cup champion. With the likelihood of Willie Jefferson staying in Regina, the Riders front line should be vastly improved. Furthermore, this trade is further enhanced with the addition of Zach Collaros and both Collaros and Bridge established as the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks, while Marquise Williams will be groomed as a future starter. Can’t get enough depth and experience. Love the trade!!!

    • Dan Bombers // February 2, 2018 at 8:38 pm //

      Great comment greenrider totally agree

      • Thank you, Dan. I am excited about the news though it concerns me what happened with Duron Carter. Hopefully the green and white can get their game onboard for the start of the 2018 campaign. I expect the west to be extremely competitive with your team and so many others, especially in the west. Looks like a great year ahead.

  23. Johnny NO football you can stay in the US. Cats have a back up now don’t need your services here.

  24. Tinhead 296 // February 2, 2018 at 6:10 pm //

    Hey Stumps fans:
    Now that Hughes is with the Riders you will all say how washed up he is, but when he was with you he was the best d lineman in the league.
    Can’t wait to see him crush Bo Levi into the turf.

    • BigRedMachine // February 2, 2018 at 10:01 pm //

      Hey Slider fans:
      Now that Hughes is with the Rider you will say he was the best d lineman in the league. But when he was with us he was all washed up.
      Works both ways….

      • 3rd and 1 // February 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm //

        I don’t remember anyone writing Hughes was washed up! Everyone knew he is a one man wrecking crew. Pick another player to use as an example. Charleston Hughes was a bad choice to use.

  25. Good move!! Didn’t see Adams progressing here so giod for him too. Only question is what does this mean for signing Willie Jefferson???

  26. Habsnriders // February 2, 2018 at 6:20 pm //

    Oh no class stamps will now say he is over the hill , bad teammate etc etc etc

  27. Ticats4ever // February 2, 2018 at 6:32 pm //

    Hughes would have been great but coach knows best

  28. This can only mean Manziel won’t be playing with the Ti-Cats. Perhaps he goes to Montreal other than that comebackszn will be in some spring league just for fun.

  29. you heard it here first…this means one thing and one thing only….Cats have moved on from Manziel……Manziel will go to Alouettes…..announcement next week

  30. White Horse // February 2, 2018 at 7:26 pm //

    All of this is a big win for the Stamps. Hughes big salary dump and they get a draft pic in 18 & 19. Plus Stamps have much younger defensive ends in C. Law, Vaughters, Davis and Huff will go after Freddy Bishop who was cut in NFL. Hughes will retire a Stampeder guaranteed and Randy Richards our O-line left tackle will keep Hughes at a safe distance from BLM.
    At 34 Hughes is very near or at his ‘Best Before Date’

    • Green apples // February 2, 2018 at 7:41 pm //

      Perfect bulletin board material. Well done. BLMs worst nightmare..Duron Carter and Charleston Hughes on opposing green and white defence.

      • True green // February 2, 2018 at 8:05 pm //

        I can see it now, Hughes sacks BLM forces a fumble and DC recovers it for a TD. THEY GO FOR A 2 point conversion, DC standsom for QB and passes it to himself for a completion!
        Riders 34 over Stamps 33

        • BigRedMachine // February 3, 2018 at 11:03 am //

          Yeah that would almost be as fun as Hughes schooling the Rider’s prize off season acquisition Dennis for 3 sacks (Hughes claimed it was 4) and rag dolling Glenn in the process….

    • Yea! Just like the Grey Cup was a big win for the Stamps. LOL!

  31. Now this confuses me. How on earth are we going to fit Hughes into our cap structure? And what happens to the young guys, Leonard and Antigha? Hughes is potentially still a beast, but I’m not seeing how this all fits together. Oh well, #InJoneswetrust!

    • I’m beginning to see how this can work, and I’m excited,:) although also a bit sad about some of the players I now think won’t be back, but that’s how it goes. As long as the troll is back and wrecking threads I’m not really interested in sticking around and discussing it, however, so I’m out until they find a way to get rid of him again.

  32. The cats needed a backup but if they sign Manziel Adams will not play a down, probably rather have Hughes platooning on a strong defensive line than Adams holding a clipboard all year. But signing Manziel is still a big if.

  33. Negotiations are still on-going, but this certainly feels like an insurance policy just in case Manziel doesn’t get signed by Tiger-Cats. I’m hoping he doesn’t play as the media attention will be something Hamilton just doesn’t need, as it won’t be for any of the right reasons.

    This season will be very important for Masoli as his development has been quite impressive over the years. Last season he really looked like a quality starter, and his poise and demeanor are likely to make him a top QB in the league. I’m circling every meeting with the Riders on the calendar, to see how we play against Collaros. This season is definitely going to be interesting.

  34. Tinhead 296 // February 5, 2018 at 11:37 am //

    Hey Big Red machine:
    You have it all totally wrong. Why would we say when Hughes was with stamps he was all washed up? He is one of the best d lineman in the league and we always hated playing against him as he was a constant thorn for us and any other team he faced. We are now happy he is a Rider and on our side. You and all your other idiotic fans are just bitter because Hamilton traded him to a western opponent. You will now use the excuse he is all washed up because he is no longer with your team. You would be hard pressed to find any Rider fan to say he was over the hill whenever we had to play against him. The only thing you did is take my comment word for word and twist it the other way. Does not take much intelligence to do that. Get a life.

    • George Porge // February 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm //

      “Why would we say when Hughes was with stamps he was all washed up? He is one of the best d lineman in the league and we always hated playing against him as he was a constant thorn for us and any other team he faced.”

      Your second sentence actually answered your first question. Bagging on elite players on other teams (especially when those teams are Edmonton, Calgary, or Winnipeg) is the MO of you Rider fans. Calling players “washed up” when they wear a colour other than green is literally what you guys do.

  35. Tinhead 296 // February 5, 2018 at 2:09 pm //

    Not true. Where did I say he was washed up? What I said was now that he is with the Riders you stumps fans will use the excuse that he is done because you are bitter he is no longer with your team. Get your facts straight.

  36. Tinhead 296 // February 5, 2018 at 2:11 pm //

    If you actually read my other comment I said you would be hard pressed to find a Rider fan who would say he was over the hill when we had to play against him.

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