June Jones says Ticats QB Vernon Adams will be traded today

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will trade quarterback Vernon Adams to either Montreal or Edmonton today, according to head coach June Jones.

“Vernon, I had a real good talk with him. We are talking trade with two teams actually and it should be, I’m sure, done by the time I get back into the meeting place. Kinda leaving it up to his agent,” Jones said.

The move clears the way for Johnny Manziel to become the primary back up behind Hamilton starter Jeremiah Masoli. The Heisman Trophy winner signed the day before training camp, which impacted Adams.

“As soon as we signed Johnny it changed and that’s what I told Vernon,” Jones said.

“I love Vernon, he’s a great kid. He played really well for me in the East-West Shrine Game and he’s a gamer. Everything in this league changes so fast, just like I told him maybe in two years you’ll be right back here with me, that’s just how this is. The numbers changed so fast when we signed Johnny.”

Adams was acquired in February after a crazy day that saw the Ticats trade for defensive end Charles Hughes from the Calgary Stampeders, then flip him to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for Adams.

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.

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

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72 Comments on June Jones says Ticats QB Vernon Adams will be traded today

  1. What is any team realistically going to give up in a trade for Vern Adams – – a used kicking tee? An empty Gatorade bottle?

    The guy is a terrible QB. You’d think that would be obvious at this point now that FOUR (4) teams have dumped him.

    • Garcia98 // June 7, 2018 at 12:17 pm //

      I would like to thank Sir Area51 for the daily unload of garbage on everything CFL. Can you ever balance your comments with anything constructive or by some miracle, anything positive?

      • riderontheisland // June 7, 2018 at 12:25 pm //

        Garcia98, that was a rhetorical question right??? He can’t spell constructive, positive, nor does he understand the definition of FACT. Anyone who actually watches the CFL knows that teams pry him away as opposed to dumping him.

      • No.

    • Who did the cats obtain for Bomben or Colemen ? Noboby.Perhaps area 51 computers are functioning on all pistons when it comes to the Cat’s ability to make deals.

    • I notice you always spell the number and put it in brackets. – Is that because you are more intelligent than everyone on this site?

  2. The guy is going to be starter some day in this league.

    • If only a team would let him stick around…

      • BC Dave // June 7, 2018 at 5:07 pm //

        I don’t think it iw the teams. I think he is expecting to walk in and be THE guy. We had him but could not sign him because he expected to come in and be the starter. He is/was not willing to pay his dues. Who knows, if he signed with us, he could have been a starter by now.

  3. Eddy Rayner // June 7, 2018 at 12:17 pm //

    You would think Winnipeg would be on the list of destinations …

  4. Bob McKnight // June 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm //

    Bombers may need Jim. Edmonton is not a fit but Montreal needs someone with league experience maybe we can take Chip Cox off their hands. Lol.

  5. Best CFL Fan // June 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm //

    Als are trying to create a team of previously released Alouettes. Montreal Fans’ heads are spinning. If they had just kept all these Mitchell Whites, Lavoies, Muambas Bomben, Haidara etc. they might have had some favourites that fans could relate to and come out to cheer. Hard for a fan to be loyal if the management isn’t.

  6. dennis cooke // June 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm //

    the cats make trades and end up with nothing

    • Dennis. Give the small roster and limited cap space the choice is frequently give the player away for free by cutting him or get a draft pick. In this case Hamilton has a little leverage because there are two interested suitors. Also remember that if the kid is paid the minimum the player has the option of just going home. That is probably why the choice of destination is up to the player.

  7. riderontheisland // June 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm //

    If the Esks are looking to trade for him, look for them then to trade Kevin Glenn to Winnipeg.

  8. Macavity // June 7, 2018 at 12:28 pm //

    How do we have a coach announcing that his player will definitely be traded….. to one of 2 teams?


    • Bleeds Double Blue // June 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm //

      I also found it strange that Jones said it he was leaving it up to Adam’s agent.

  9. Surprised Area51/Don “Cubicle Farm” Foley didn’t use his favourite word – apoplectic. Don Boy likes to sound smart on the inter webs with that one.

    • Don’t be intimidated by multisyllabic words, my friend. This is an excellent learning opportunity for you to expand your limited vocabulary. If you’re struggling with a word, don’t be embarrassed to ask for clarification. As always, I’m here to educate and enlighten.

  10. Where's Shultz? // June 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm //

    So Montreal clearly doesn’t have confidence in any of their QBs. With 2 teams interested hopefully the Cats can leverage that to come away with an all-star American player, or a few back-up Canadians for depth.

  11. Winnipeg or Montreal are the most realistic options for him to land. Riderontheisland could be correct and the Esks will trade for Adams and then trade Kevin Glenn elsewhere.

    • Ah good point Island and DG… I was surprised Esks were in the mix. Thought for sure Als and Bombs. But i could see them flipping Glenn to Bombs. Glenn gives anyone a real chance at contending. He could start in W’Peg too with Nichols down. I’m a big Glenn fan and want to see him play somewhere. He’s better than Vernon Adams and should be a starter somewhere. hell, why don’t the Als get him? Hes better than all their options.

  12. Interesting that Winnipeg doesn’t want him.

    • That should tell you everything you need to know about Vern Adams.

      Incapable of being a starting QB at the pro level.

  13. Glenn traded to Winnipeg and Adams ends up in Edmonton would be my guess

    • I think your onto something, but trading QB’s inter division is dicey, Edmonton will want a lot more from Winnipeg than they will from Montreal.

    • BC Dave // June 7, 2018 at 5:12 pm //

      I can see a 3-way deal going down here.

  14. Would think KG says f… this s… and retires at some point. Calgary will be in on him if he is available. I would refuse the trade to Wpg if I am him after the 2017 off season negotiations.

  15. Steve Borsa // June 7, 2018 at 1:14 pm //

    All: why Stamps not in discussion? If BLM goes down as did Nichols who will take over? Perhaps Glen somehow be back. This could be tri-party trade IMO.

    • Because Hufnagel and Dickenson are smart enough to recognize that Vern Adams has no talent.

    • Domination bonation // June 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm //

      Because unlike most teams Calgary works inward out not outward in

  16. MR. Green // June 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm //

    I’m curious as well to see what happens in Toronto with the backup position. Whoever looses should be traded. No reason for Toronto to cut Franklin or MBT when they can get assets back. I can see Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary making offers.

    • BC Dave // June 7, 2018 at 5:14 pm //

      Mr Green, I think TO keeps both because Ray will not play forever so this still gives them 2 good QB after Ray gone. Cannot have enough good QBs in CFL.

  17. wewert3 // June 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm //

    BC, SSK, and HAM were all smart in trading Vernon Adams before he attempts too many passes in real games. BC – 0. SSK – 3. HAM – 0. Adams is worth more the less he’s seen throwing the ball. VA is only good as 3rd string short yardage/option QB. Just don’t expect much more than that or you’ll be disappointed.

    • FINALLY someone other than me is able to recognize how terrible Vern Adams is. It’s cringeworthy to watch this guy’s throws.

  18. canadianfootballfan // June 7, 2018 at 1:35 pm //

    The guy never got to even take a live snap as a Ticat in preseason.

    Obviously he was the planned #2 if Johnny didn’t come, but since he did that made Vernon expendable in their minds. Maybe Vernon also doesn’t want to be a 3.

    Imagine Masoli, Manziel and Adams as the 3. We would have the most raw talent of any QB group in the CFL by a mile.

  19. Bill deHoog // June 7, 2018 at 1:38 pm //

    Let’s hope he goes to the team that needs him the most-Montreal

  20. Peter N // June 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm //

    I agree he is only useful as a short yardage specialist and that is it. Terrible feet and very inaccurate. Once he receives the snap he is like a punt returner first then maybe “throw” it after running around a bit. watched him in practise all last year running scout team and it was awful.

    • canadianfootballfan // June 7, 2018 at 2:57 pm //

      He has a great arm actually. It just hasn’t been used properly by teams.

      Watch his 2015 Oregon highlights and tell me you’re not impressed:

      • canadianfootballfan // June 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm //

        Sorry. It starts about 3/4 of the way into the video. Just start it from the beginning.

      • riderontheisland // June 7, 2018 at 3:07 pm //

        Thank you for posting this video clip because I was getting frustrated with all the Know-It-Alls who don’t know nothing dissing this kid. He isn’t a great deep passer, but is is very effective running an offense when given a real chance. Nobody made teams trade for him, but I guess 4 pro football GMs can’t spot talent as well as the armchair geniuses who are trashing him. Yes Area51 sits on the top of the heap.

      • Peter N // June 7, 2018 at 3:41 pm //

        Never said he had a bad arm, said he was inaccurate and had happy feet. He had a very good career at Oregon in a one read or run offence. Hard for QB’s with this background to make the transition to the pro level – especially in the CFL with only 3 downs. Unfortunately that is the focus of NCAA offences these days – do not blame them as they are very successful at that level with that type of offensive schemes.

        Do not consider myself a know it all either but have had the opportunity to both play and coach the QB position for a long time and am evaluating Adams through that lens.

        • riderontheisland // June 7, 2018 at 3:47 pm //

          Peter, wasn’t really you I was directing to, but I didn’t think Adams looked bad in his time in Montreal and that is really the only good sample of work he has had in the CFL. Even since then GMs still want him on their team so there must be more than what we see on TV which is why I still reflect on his NCAA work.

      • BC Dave // June 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm //

        He can be a great Canadian QB. He needs to be patient and he needs an opportunity. HE needs to go somewhere and settle in and wait his turn. I have seen him play and the mere fact Wally tried to get him to BC is good enough for me.

  21. Adams didn’t play in the first preseason game because he’d been injured most of the week leading up to the game and hadn’t practiced.
    Adams might have succeeded with Jones as his coach given that JJ’s style of offense is suited to his skill set. He may not be a great QB but neither was Masoli in his early days in Hamilton. he had many of the same problems. However the Ticats stuck with him, and spent time developing his skills. Then along came Jones to give him his chance. Adams unfortunately has not had the luxury of being with one team long enough to properly develop. Montreal expected him to start long before he was really ready and I don’t know that Riders offense is geared to a scrambling QB like Adams. His only chance to be successful is going to be if he can stay somewhere long enough in a system that can utilize his skill set. No guarantees of course that he’ll ever be good enough to nab a starting job but so far he hasn’t had much of a chance. Which ever team he goes to may be looking for a short yardage QB and that may well be his only role.

    • Cat Fan // June 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm //

      After watching Mathews squander start after start … I’d say it’s more Masoli stuck with the Cats while soaking up what he could.

  22. Lindsay Wilcox // June 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm //

    Maybe the two teams have already discussed with Hamilton whom/what Hamilton would get, and maybe the difference between the 2 offers isn’t significant so the Ticats are letting Adams decide. Certainly there have been instances in the past where players have asked Ticats to trade them to XXXXXX because it was closer to their home.

  23. Edward Leslie // June 7, 2018 at 3:50 pm //

    Vernon Adams has bounced around a lot without playing too much, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s not good.
    He could be another Danny Mcmanus. Both are around 5’11” and had great college careers.
    Mcmanus didn’t play much his first several years in the CFL, and also played with several teams (Winnipeg, B.C. and Edmonton) before sticking with Hamilton and having a Hall of Fame career.

    Another guy who hardly played at QB even longer than Adams was one time Stampeder starter Jerry Keeling. He was mostly used as a Defensive back until Peter Liske went to the NFL, and then he got his chance to shine.

    Montreal messed up by getting rid of both Brandon Bridge and Adams. They should re-acquire him, like they did with Henoc Muamba and Ryan Bomben recently.

    • Richard Cunningham // June 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm //

      Its really only Two teams the BC lions doesn’t really count as he wasn’t even signed yet they just held his rights Montreal and Saskatchewan are the only two teams he’s ever suited up for.

  24. bigplay // June 7, 2018 at 5:14 pm //

    I am sorry I tend to like June Jones seems like a good guy but in terms of Football and the way you make trades and announce them this might be about as Bizarre of a announcement as I’ve seen.

    • BC Dave // June 7, 2018 at 5:24 pm //

      Yeah, that part surprised me too. You hear rumours all the time but seldo, if ever, started by the teams themselves.

  25. Ray Jay Johnson II // June 7, 2018 at 6:46 pm //

    Big Mistake by Hamilton Johnny won’t Last two seasons and will be out league

    Adams is CFL QB Manzell is a never was

  26. Jim Bob // June 8, 2018 at 12:06 am //

    Was figuring Adams being the #3 for the TiCats but at this point see him ending up in Winnipeg considering their situation with Nichols hurt. He would be a solid #1 unless the kid from South Dakota has another knock out game and ends up being #1 job till Nichols gets back.

  27. timbits // June 8, 2018 at 2:44 pm //

    no word on Chapman maybe he is in the mix some how or they plan on signing him soon..

  28. Why trade Adams when Manzel will only be in the CFL and a Tiger Cat for two years? Keep Adams on the Cats roster and “groom” him so he can be a competent backup in three years.

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