Redblacks agree to terms with former Bombers QB Dominique Davis, release Drew Tate

The Ottawa Redblacks have made a change at backup quarterback.

The club announced Monday that they’ve signed former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Dominique Davis and released veteran Drew Tate.

The 28-year-old Davis spent three seasons in Winnipeg but saw limited action, appearing in 47 games but making just one start. He has thrown for 377 yards on 33 of 54 passing in his career while also carrying the ball 16 times for 66 yards. He was released by the Bombers on Feb. 1.

The 33-year-old Tate appeared in 18 games for Ottawa last season as the backup to Trevor Harris, making one start. He completed 30 passes on 43 attempts for 338 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Tate spent eight seasons in Calgary before being traded to Ottawa in February of 2017 for a fifth-round selection in this year’s CDL Draft.


22 Comments on Redblacks agree to terms with former Bombers QB Dominique Davis, release Drew Tate

  1. Looks like Marcel is clearing more cap space for tomorrow. I like it! Not sure that Davis is as good as Tate, but hopefully he is healthier. Tate cant win games from the trainers room.

    • I hope Davis does well. He was a backup in Winnipeg, but never really had a chance to play. He should get better with an opportunity. Best of luck for him. Notice, I’m not like a Rider fan. Soon is a guy is gone, they say how crappy he is. I got to watch Dom in practice a lot. He does have a good skill set.

  2. Must be a cap release. I thought Tate was a good one.
    Someone will pick him up.

  3. Ottawa gets a younger QB at 28. Tate started when Harris got injured and then Tate was injured.
    They need a durable younger back up

  4. Peter North // February 12, 2018 at 11:19 am //

    Tate to Montreal would make sense.

  5. Younger cheaper as the world turns. Happens everywhere in pro football plus outside of football also unfortunately.

    • Looking good at 56 // February 12, 2018 at 11:25 am //

      If he plays, he gets hurt. Waste of a roster spot.
      Those who can’t play….coach.

  6. I think Tate is done. He’s just too brittle now. I thought he was done a few years ago to be honest. Still, a ten year pro career is something to be proud of. And that’s a tonne of experience if he wants to get into coaching.

  7. Ed Hervey pls sign him!

  8. Betcha Tate is Montreal’s starting QB by game five or six.

  9. Obviously a cap related move. Very risky to go into the season with only one proven QB in Harris. RedBlacks could be asking for trouble here. I would hope the Als would be smart enough to sign Tate ASAP

  10. Bad to the bone // February 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm //

    Well looky here Stamps fans. What was once the loud mouthed Stamps QB who was easy to emotionally hate. That being Drew Tate. Who’s fate was just replaced with a barely experienced QB.
    This is exactly what is going on in Calgary with their players. Might as well keep it going through the league.
    Soon to be no more yappy Stampeder players. All of those players were the ones that would jump up after a play and motion to the refs to throw a flag. Got so bad they had to penalize that dumb scenario.

    • fannotacoach // February 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm //

      And we give stamp fans a hard time about trolling!
      You are contributing nothing!

    • George Porge // February 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm //

      Tate was replaced by a barely experienced quarterback four years ago. Rewind a couple of years before that, and Tate was also a “barely experienced quarterback” who replaced a future hall-of-fame quarterback. Both of those things happened in Calgary.

      You are actually correct when you say “This is exactly what is going on in Calgary with their players”. Calgary finds new talent to replace old talent.

      Tate is already looking ahead to a coaching career. He may very well decide to hang up his cleats and move on to the next chapter of his life. If he does that, I hope he decides to come back to Calgary.

      Dominique Davis is 28. He has lots of time to move from “barely experienced” to “experienced” to even possibly “pretty damn good” to “elite”.

      So tell me, BttB – how old is your “experienced” quarterback, and what has he done lately?

  11. Bill deHoog // February 12, 2018 at 1:28 pm //

    Not a total surprise, more of cap space move. Tate is injury prone, but I think there may be additional moves. Pretty slim depth if Trevor gets hurt. Davis never showed much in limited opportunities. Not sure if Lindley will show improvement but #4 Danny Collins has a big arm and should move up the chain.

  12. Paul Bomber // February 12, 2018 at 2:07 pm //

    i think Wpg just got tired of waiting for the guy to show something in a game. But, the guy has the physical tools. He can run, not easy to bring down, got some SERIOUS arm strength. Football IQ? Questionable.

  13. Kavis,go get him

  14. The player carousel is worse than the coach carousel. Make the team salary cap $6 million (with one franchise player max) so players can stay and play. One thing to lose your job because someone is better not because teams can’t control their spending.

  15. Edward Leslie // February 12, 2018 at 5:48 pm //

    I think this move is more about Ryan Lindley than Dominique Davis. Lindley played in the NFL and looked pretty good for Ottaw when he played. I think he’ll be Harris’s backup. Davis, if he makes the team, will be short yardage QB. Tate is just too injury prone and expensive. Still, I agree that Montreal should get him. He could be plan B, in case Josh Freeman can’t figure out CFL football in 2018. That’s a very real possibility too.

  16. Ottawa is one good hit on Harris there season is done just the facts Harris is injury prone no backup now great for the east other teams

    • Paul Bomber // February 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm //

      Hope you are wrong. I like Harris. As I say over and over again, I think he has the potential to set some records, maybe be another Dave Dickinson. Hmmmm…. another great, but injury prone QB.

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