Riders release Canadian receiver Rob Bagg

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released Canadian receiver Robb Bagg, per sources.

The 33-year-old had spent nine seasons with the Riders, playing in 139 games catching 364 passes for 4,705 yards and 24 touchdowns while recording 10 carries for 68 yards and three touchdowns. He was a key part of the 2013 Grey Cup championship squad in Saskatchewan. He played in 17 games last season making 35 catches for 339 yards and a touchdown.

Bagg was the longest-serving Rider and a fan favourite who battled back repeatedly from injury. He signed a contract extension in 2016 that ran through this season and the team has already paid him $35,000 in off-season money as part of the $135,000 he was due to make in 2018 with Saskatchewan. The Riders have some younger national options including Devon Bailey, Josh Stanford, Mitchell Picton and Denzel Radford.

Bagg, who went unselected in the 2007 CFL Draft, has his remarkable run in Riderville comes to end.

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40 Comments on Riders release Canadian receiver Rob Bagg

  1. Blackhawk89 // June 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm //

    Hamilton maybe after chambers is gone for the year

    • Only if he’s fast because Jones likes fast receivers. And at the moment he’s pretty happy with the national receivers already on the roster – to say nothing of Chapman – should they eventually get THAT contract mess settled.

  2. Bagg was a warrior & an alltime favourite. After last year it was evident the writing was on the wall.

  3. Hate to see him go, but unfortunately it’s a business.

    • Lancaster/Reed // June 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm //

      Very true. A fan favourite, but at 34, he has lost a step and just cant be as effective as had been in the past. I wish him all the best in his future plans.

  4. MR. Green // June 9, 2018 at 2:49 pm //

    A surprise here. Maybe because also against Toronto last year in the playoffs he made a deep catch out of bounds where he never focused on where he was. Good Rider and we all wish him luck going forward. Suppose it was time to get a younger player in there. Wonder if Bailey or Stanford beat him out?

  5. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm //

    Older guy, but the riders absolutely have to start at least 1 Canadian receiver at all times…..who will this be?
    Is Jones waiting for a team to drop a Canadian receiver?
    Calgary will be dropping at least 1 I’m sure, I can see it being Julian Lynch and Jones swooping in.

    • We’ve got lots. For the love of God…..worry about your own bloody team. Jesus!!

    • They have Devon Bailey and they are hoping that Jake Harty has a fast recovery.

    • Lancaster/Reed // June 9, 2018 at 4:43 pm //

      Could be, Dyakowski was let go for salary cap reason. He isnt spectacular, but is reliable. Good depth Canadian.

    • Lancaster/Reed // June 9, 2018 at 4:46 pm //

      Why are you on here again so soon after getting kicked off twice in the past week or so? The rules dont apply to you? Classic narcissism.

    • It was Anthony Parker.

  6. Bigger surprise is Grant getting released

    • CFLFIRST // June 9, 2018 at 6:03 pm //

      Looks like a 430K QB means they had to shed some salary and let some vets go. I hope it’s worth it.

  7. I would much rather see a coach or two be cut but its a business that is not kind to aging. Bagg was a warrior – thanks for everything.

  8. Tinhead296 // June 9, 2018 at 3:35 pm //

    Not much suprise Grant released. Lots of dropped balls lately. can easily be replaced.

  9. Scottsask // June 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm //

    Thank you Rob, you were one of the best.

  10. You can’t be serious about Devo Bailey starting at WR.

    I realize Jones drafted him in Edmonton, but the guys never put up more than 220yds receiving in an entire season.

    Can’t wait to see how Regina fills their NI ratio.

    • MR. Green // June 9, 2018 at 3:57 pm //

      Bailey never started full time. Give him a chance. Gotta go younger sometime in certain positions. Roosevelt, Carter and Holley likely get the most yards anyway, or whoever starts at the 2 inside spots and boundary WR, like most teams.

  11. What is happening to the riders? Looks like cj has gotten in dc cookies.

  12. And they’ve already sunk $35k in cap space on Bagg.

    Jones is mismanaging things like Kavis Reed now.

    • MR. Green // June 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm //

      Still saving almost 100k. Every team had done this. You act like this is the first time ever. Bagg deserves that bonus. He has been a model teammate and citizen. At 33 and a I jury plagued career I suppose it was time. Obviously he never was not as do inamt over Bailey and Stanford in past years. Young guys getting better.

      • Factually incorrect, my friend.

        Whoever takes Bagg’s spot on the roster isn’t going to be playing for free.

        • MR. Green // June 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm //

          Seriously! Is that your genius reply. Oh, I thought many players played for free.

          • Why else did you proclaim the Riders would be “still saving $100k” by cutting him?

            You’re going to pay another NI at least $56k to take Bagg’s roster spot. Possibly even more.

            That’s a long way from “saving $100k” my friend.

        • Rather Be In Hell // June 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm //

          I’m not your friend buddy

    • I would think that Bagg’s 9 years playing time with the Riders was the reason he was rewarded with the 35k and which is a far cry from some of the other upfront money given out to other previously signed players who retired (ran) after getting the Rider buck$.

      Bagg & Owens both had great camps taking more reps than anyone else. Yes, they were getting long in the tooth but if they remained healthy it’s possible they (especially, Bagg) would have been given options for a way to lessen his role, kept around for insurance & take a pay cut. I, also think that this is not only cap management but perhaps also a small move into younger developement players. Either way we’ll see how this now plays out a few games in the future.

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bagg remain with the Riders in some other capacity to be named later. Go Riders!

  13. Great Rider. Thanks for the memories! I’m guessing this and Grant’s release are cap related. We have so many injuries on the OL right now we may be looking to bring back Dyakowski or someone else, and a veteran OL like that is expensive. We have lots of depth behind both of them but in a perfect world you’d like to keep the vet, but OL may be a bigger concern right now.

  14. I higher imagine that the Rider management were absolutely blown away by the performance of the Riders last night , they will be heavily criticized , scrutinized by Canadian and somewhat Yankee press
    But Chris – – – – we all know you will bring out the ‘real’ team by labour day .

  15. Former Rider fan // June 9, 2018 at 8:08 pm //

    Thanks for all you did Rob. It was a pleasure watching ‘the Canadian Air Force’ and you were a big part of it.

  16. grnrider // June 9, 2018 at 8:24 pm //

    If anyone thinks that any of the Canadian WRs who played last nite can replace Robb, then they didn’t watch the game closely. Not a chance that any of them can come close to Robb’s play – even at his age. And the Riders need to start a Canadian.
    I don’t know what Jones is doing, but I’m losing all faith in him. Last nite was a disaster. He can’t even get them to stop taking stupid penalties. And some of his ‘great’ signings sure didn’t show that they are good players. Hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think so.

  17. Thank you, Rob for your loyalty & many years with the Riders! Hope the Riders keep you around in the organization in some capacity.

    Wishing you & your family all the best in the future! Ridernation will miss you.

  18. They call it Deadmonton for a reason. // June 10, 2018 at 2:25 am //

    Riders can place Bailey, or Stanford in any kind of a rotation.
    Radford or Picton can back up this position.

    • Thank you Rob. I have appreciated your efforts over the years especially after those serious injuries. I was originally impressed by your decision to return school after you made the Riders even though you hadn’t been drafted. That took a lot of guts and confidence in your abilities. Good luck in the future.

      Jones says Stanford and Bailey had good training camps. Rob came down with ankle injury near end of training camp limiting his ability to show his skills. And some of this is salary cap related.

  19. Tinhead296 // June 10, 2018 at 3:33 pm //

    Hate to see you go Rob. Thanks for the leadership and loyalty all these years.
    Unfortunately, the business side takes over. Wish you all the best.

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