Stamps GM Hufnagel on Marquay McDaniel: ‘I’m all tapped out’

Calgary released veteran receiver Marquay McDaniel earlier in February and gave the impression that there could be a chance he returned to the club.

“We wish him the best of luck and would certainly welcome him back in the future if the circumstances were right for both sides,” general manager John Hufnagel said in a Feb. 9 statement.

But that possibility has changed after what the Stampeders did in free agency.

“I’m not quite sure about that. I think I’m all tapped out, truthfully, unfortunately. I hope he does land somewhere though,” Hufnagel told the media at McMahon Stadium on Friday.

The 33-year-old called out teammate Kamar Jorden after the Stamps’ Grey Cup loss in November, which could have factored into the decision to move on.

McDaniel signed a two-year extension last off-season with Calgary. Year one of the deal saw the 33-year-old make around $150,000 and the second was supposed to pay him $160,000. He produced 860 yards on four touchdowns on 65 catches in 15 games in 2017.

In 2016 McDaniel led Calgary in receptions (83) and yards (1,074) plus added four touchdowns. The vet pass catcher has produced 1,000-yard receiving campaigns in three of the last five seasons with the Stamps.


19 Comments on Stamps GM Hufnagel on Marquay McDaniel: ‘I’m all tapped out’

  1. nowhereman // February 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm //

    All tapped out…but yet they just signed Dennis back, who I’m sure is making north of McDaniels $150/$160k, good one Huf!

  2. McDaniel sealed his fate when he mouthed off right after the Grey Cup choke job when he publically criticized Kamar Jorden for that fumble near the goal line that was returned for an Argo TD.

  3. Wish they could have found a way to keep MMcD but they need Kline.

  4. White Horse // February 16, 2018 at 5:17 pm //

    Marquay is still a very valuable clutch 2nd down receiver. I wish the Stamps could keep him but that would delay the maturity of (Canadians) Brescacin, Durant Sindani at possible slot location. Kohlert was expendable. With Parker at our only wide spot I am thinking Huff will draft a Canuck wideout.
    I am liking the thought of D. Daniels, R.Begelton, M.Michel at receiver and more to come.

  5. Nowhereman, you might want to ‘keep up’. In the interview Huf said he has a verbal agreement with
    Dennis which means money was basically allotted there, now he’s all tapped out AFTER Dennis agreement.

  6. White Horse // February 16, 2018 at 5:21 pm //

    Obviously Eric Rogers is out of the cap equation…However, I still feel he has not fully recovered from his knee injury that sidelined his NFL career.

  7. Edward Leslie // February 16, 2018 at 6:27 pm //

    I understand that Calgary had to give healthy raises to Devaris Daniels, Roy Finch and J’gared Davis, plus they signed B-level free agents Ese Mrabure, Emmanuel Davis and Adam Berger too.
    But look at all the money saved by the players who aren’t around: Jerome Messam, Dan Federkeil, Tommie Campbell, Josh Bell, Rob Cote, Shaq Richardson, Joe Burnett and McDaniel.
    I can’t believe re-acquiring Dennis is going to tap them out. They should bring back McDaniel or Nik Lewis.

  8. Edward Leslie // February 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm //

    Tapped out? This must be some kind of voodoo economics. Derek Dennis has to be the first new addition who is making north of $125,000. Surely moving Charleston Hughes more than cancels out the salary brought on with Dennis.
    I think Hufnagel is just being coy. He just doesn’t want to say that he’s dumping a solid and dependable veteran, like McDaniel, because of his remarks about Jorden. I think those comments were wrong, but they were spoken in the heat of battle after losing the Grey Cup… again. Hopefully Marquay can get signed by another team like Toronto or Ottawa. Saskatchewan and Winnipeg DEFINITELY ARE TAPPED OUT.

  9. Tapped out is probably accurate in terms of how much the organization is willIng to pay import receivers. This is the easiest position to fill. It has nothing to do with awaiting Denis or shedding Hughes. Marquay is a great example of how to play receiver. He does almost everything really well. Clutch, smart, good hands, runs some nice routes and shows effort and physicality when blocking. Unfortunately for him, he is old, not very fast and made a huge mistake by throwing a teammate under the bus during post game interview last November . Wouldn’t be surprised if training camps start without him signed to a contract.

  10. Biggus,
    Marquay made the comment because he was aware that his football playing time was limited and he really wanted the Cup ring. The kid helped blow it – but no bearing on Marquay’s release.Calgary would be a Micky Mouse team if that was so and their not.

  11. As much as I hate the fact that the Alouettes are signing every other teams’ “trending downwards” stars, if Reed doesn’t sign someone who’s been the most underrated receiver of the past decade in the CFL, I don’t know what to say.

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