The biggest names among CFL cuts

CFL teams have made their final cuts ahead of the 2018 season and here are the notable names that are now unemployed.

National receiver Rob Bagg, Saskatchewan

Bagg’s release ends a ten-year run in Riderville for the former undrafted kid out of Queen’s. The 33-year-old is coming off a season in which he recorded just 339 receiving yards — the second-lowest output of his career — and one touchdown. Expect to see Bagg on the field again in the near future.

International offensive lineman Travis Bond, Saskatchewan

The 27-year-old started 16 games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season and he was a CFL all-star at guard in 2016. Bond has tremendous size at 6-foot-7, 360 pounds. He was signed by the green and white in free agency to a one-year deal which included a chunk of signing bonus money between $20,000 and $30,000.

National defensive tackle Faith Ekakitie, Winnipeg

The first overall pick in the 2017 CFL Draft, the 25-year-old played in 14 games making five tackles during his rookie year and was expected to compete for a starting defensive tackle position this season. The Bombers wanted to see Ekakitie show up at training camp in better shape, but it didn’t happen and that was the start of the end.

National defensive lineman Randy Colling, Calgary

Last year’s sixth overall pick is without a team following Colling’s release from the Stamps. Colling has played offensive line in the past, which could help him get a second look with another team. Now 28, Colling’s age is working against him if a position change is in the works.

International receiver Bakari Grant, Saskatchewan

Coming off his first 1,000-yard season, Grant became a victim of the numbers game in Regina. Turning 31 next month, the big-bodied possession receiver should still have enough tread on the tire to help out a team this season when injuries inevitably begin to pile up.

National running back Ed Ilnicki, Ottawa

The reigning Hec Crighton winner was cut by the Redblacks and tweeted that he’s on his way back to Edmonton. The problem? Ilnicki doesn’t have any remaining USports eligibility. We’ll see what the future holds for the former Golden Bear.

National defensive back Cauchy Muamba, B.C.

Muamba was thought to be in the mix to back-up starting safety Anthony Thompson in Vancouver, but he was one of the Lions’ first cuts on Saturday. Now 31, this could be the end of the line for the 2010 draft pick and two-time Grey Cup champion.

International receiver Chad Owens, Saskatchewan

The Flyin’ Hawaiian is 36, but still posted respectable numbers in three games last season (235 receiving yards, 17 receptions, one touchdown). There are concerns about his ability to stay healthy, but Owens brought value to the Riders in his ability to mentor enigmatic receiver/defensive back Duron Carter.

National receiver Anthony Parker, Calgary

The local product recently finished his seventh season with the Stamps, recording 2,245 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in 108 career games. Still just 28, Parker should have plenty to contribute to a team that is in need of a Canadian receiver.

National quarterback Noah Picton, Toronto

The 2016 Hec Crighton winner is Canada West’s all-time leader in passing yards, but that didn’t translate into any action in the Argos in training camp. Picton is expected to return to the Rams for his final season of USports eligibility, after which he’ll have another opportunity to try the CFL.

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37 Comments on The biggest names among CFL cuts

  1. Two Hec Creighton winners cut, the top draft pick from last season and 2 first round draft picks cut.
    Proves that the best in the CIS doesn’t guarantee you a starting job in the CFL.

  2. Just saying // June 11, 2018 at 10:18 am //

    Agree with you Jeff, St. John is probably the next to go?

  3. Pennyrocker // June 11, 2018 at 10:24 am //

    What does 4 of 10 players listed here tell you about Jones. How much money did he throw out the window in bonuses to players this year. Don’t forget the others like Dennis Mumba Glenn and Danykowsky. Really scary when the big names are gone and he keeps druggies on the team.

    • Lol Pennyrocker you are really special aren’t you?

    • riderontheisland // June 11, 2018 at 10:43 am //

      It tells me that Jones isn’t responsible for the performance of his players………they are. If you can’t make the cut you can’t make the cut, end of story. A GM can’t look into a crystal ball and see that guys like Bond will have declined play this year when they sign them 4 months ago. Actually there wasn’t 1 person in Rider nation moaning about the signing so don’t pull this criticism BS now. What would be dumb is to keep the players because you paid the a bonus, now that would be really stupid. Would that make you happier?

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 11, 2018 at 10:55 am //

        WOW! riderontheisland
        I have never heard a fan defend a coach/GM like that. I can’t wait for the day a coach/GM gets up at a press conference and say ” I can’t be held responsible for how poorly our players are performing, do I have a crystal bell? How can I predict these things”
        What a load of crap! Jones is proving over and over that he doesn’t not have a winning formula or even a plan. 11 new starters again!

        • riderontheisland // June 11, 2018 at 11:09 am //

          All I have for you is you are not worth thoughts and words. I’d say move onto your own team, but even those fans don’t like you. hahahaha

        • What would you be saying if Jones had kept all the older players just because they’re buddies, some so called fans can’t understand how it works…GO RIDERS GO….CANADA’S TEAM…

          • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 11, 2018 at 11:44 am //

            But Jones isn’t simply replacing old players for young players. He’s replacing young players with old players, old players with old players, young players with young players, draft picks for old players, Canadians for old imports.
            He brings players in and cuts them just as fast too!
            He is doing nothing to build long term

          • riderontheisland // June 11, 2018 at 11:59 am //

            Weslee, exactly and one thing about seeing quality players getting cut is that they found good players we have really even seen yet. These vets didn’t get cut because they sucked, they got cut because there was someone better (faster, stronger, younger, cheaper…..).

          • Johnny Blumpkin // June 11, 2018 at 1:26 pm //

            Canada’s Team… LOL

            Such a garbage claim.

    • Sir Gallahan of the Prairies // June 11, 2018 at 11:56 am //

      Absolutely ridiculous comment PennyRocker. You are not a football fan. This type of commenting is based on the trolling theroyand nothing else.
      Open your frickin eyes. Dykowski and Bag had good careers but have come to an end. Any team can have 2 to 3 young players for the price of these guys.
      With Bag and Grant. No one is more over stocked or better talented than SK at receiver. So please take your bonehead hatred anti Chris Jones,Rider comments and find a way to comment properly. Every successful team that has won the Grey Cup has a well established, well paid starting QB. Until we know what’s happening with the team in the regular season. Sit back, wait and watch.

    • True Green // June 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm //

      What it tells me is that all things Riders gets more attention than all things CFL.

  4. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 11, 2018 at 10:43 am //

    Good point Pennyrocker
    For a team that was supposedly “1 play from the Grey Cup” and on the cusp of greatness(as we were always reminded this off season); they sure have a lot of new starters. In fact 11 of their 24 starters are brand new (plus the kicker!).
    Jones now has 3 full off seasons and this team still in flux.
    Things can’t continue if they plan on being the Stampeders as Reynolds stated from day 1

    • Sunny. Really!?! You are a Stamps fan and you use the phrase “one play from the Grey Cup” ….. seriously?!?

      • Sir Gallahan of the Prairie // June 11, 2018 at 12:47 pm //

        Yes only the McMahon dude from Alberta would agree with Penny Rocker.
        I honestly want to help you Calgary fan Rider despiser. I can help you if you truly listen. If you want to stop being bombarded by so many. Then it’s probably best to stop being so horrible towards the largest fan base.
        Rider fans know and agree that the Stamps have been the best Regular season team in the league. After that, we’ll not do much.
        So why can’t youjust accept that presently SK has the largest fan base. Why when it’s the smallest Province. Simply because it’s taught to a Rider fan at a very young age. It’s presently part of the culture. Which in turn means it’s the most successful team finically. The support in all areas is great. Every President of every CFL team wants to emulate what SK does.
        So accept all of that. Rider fans accept Calgary’s regular season record.
        Just an FYI … Craig Reynolds stated “” he wants to build a team with sustainability. Calgary has been able to this last decade”” Reynolds never once said he wanted to be like Calgary. So if your going to paraphrase try and be a little more accurate instead of self serving. That will go a long way in the not so well liked catagory

        • Bombs Away! // June 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm //

          WOW!!! Parents take their new born and on the way home stop to buy some green T-shirt. You make it sound much more like a cult than a culture. It also sounds that the cult has everyone take an oath to brag all the time about their team. Read you post and see how silly it reads…
          So on the BS meter it’s a 10

  5. canadianfootballfan // June 11, 2018 at 11:58 am //

    I think Hamilton should sign Parker, and also the best available international OT – as they are thin there.

    Though Okafor – a National – was used a lot at LT in the preseason, and performed well. As did Williams at RT. So maybe they see those two as OT depth.

  6. Penny and SunShining, likely the same person. You guys will just reach for anything won’t you? Tell us all how much football experience you have apart from watching on TV? That’s what I thought, NONE. Your team can never win when it matters so I understand how you two can be so terribly bitter. Jones makes tough choices, something you guys have never had to do when commenting or IRL I suspect. You’re both whinny babies. Go TiCats!

  7. Garcia98 // June 11, 2018 at 12:42 pm //

    This is not to defend the Riders but to make a point. Once a team’s operations are fine tuned and the scouting staff have the full ability to consistently bring in talent, it becomes common to replace starters in the off season. We’ve seen this in Calgary over the last decade where an entire offensive line will be re-hauled or 8 members or more of a defensive unit will be replaced even though they performed great. The Calgary franchise has been consistently winning for over a decade and the odd thing is that this periodic player overhaul has become a strength. We’ll see if what Jones is doing is on the right track. There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. LOL. I’ll reserve judgement until October. I expect the Riders to be very competitive again.

    • Bombs Away! // June 11, 2018 at 5:21 pm //

      Well it sure sounds like Jones will hoist the cup.
      That seems to work every year at this time.

      • Garcia98 // June 11, 2018 at 6:33 pm //

        I hear ya. I grew up in Winnipeg as a Bomber fan. It was hard to avoid “Rider Pride” 25 years ago. Like a weird fungus its been growing in strength. Ha.

    • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm //

      Calgary replaces players yes but not 11 new starters each year!!
      Calgary will have 3-4 new faces starting Saturday night, one one those is injury, the other 3 are true replacements, for Calgary that is alot

  8. Sir Gallahan of the Prairie // June 11, 2018 at 12:56 pm //

    I agree with both Steve and Garcia. A Cats fan and Stamps fan.
    As fans we don’t have to poke jabs or down right insults at one team to make our own team sound better. Jones has done exactly what was needed. There comes a time when all players careers come to an end. Grant is still a 1000 yard receiver. However the young man taking his place will be very close and at less than half the cost. Bag is a Rider through and through. No one disputes anything about Rob. Unfortunately that’s a lot of money for the production. Yes he’s a leader and a heck of a team mate. It’s just someone else’s turn.
    I’m really glad that Bag was given his bonus money for 2018. Even though he was released.

  9. Johnny Blumpkin // June 11, 2018 at 1:28 pm //

    Amazing how sensitive the greenie stubble-jumpers are on this site. LOL

  10. Pennyrocker // June 11, 2018 at 1:33 pm //

    All I am saying is Jones dumped 10 seasoned players which worked together for newer cheaper player that have never worked his system before.
    What the Rider have to start out on the losing foot every year til the new guys gel.
    I am personally sick of having the Riders in the basement.

    • Sir Gallahan of the Prairies // June 11, 2018 at 2:52 pm //

      What are you talking about? Sick of having them in the basement? In the last 10 seasons the Todets have been to the Grey Cup 4 times winning twice. Losing one due to a punt returner that was suppose to stay on the side line for a block. Last year they were 1 simple play. A third and 5 play away from going to the Grey Cup.
      Why do you think you know more than the GMs and coaches do. The fact is you know very little and complain a lot. Try reversing that and then see what your writing.
      Bumpkin, no one is sensitive here. This article is about all the teams. But once again the self loathing need to use the forum to lash out with their extreme dislike of oneself and the most loved CFL team. It’s sad to see those who are angry at or even prejudiced against oneself and the team with the largest fan base.
      The saddest thing is every CFL team has strengths but on here all the self loathes do is make stuff up that isn’t true.
      Man try and find what is good in your life and stop the hatred.

      • Take this // June 12, 2018 at 12:51 am //

        Check your figures. Going back to 2007 is eleven years, now entering the twelfth season. The Riders have won one playoff game in the last four years. They have o my played in two.

  11. canadianfootballfan // June 11, 2018 at 2:04 pm //

    By the way, Drew. Parker is not a local in Calgary. While I’m sure his home is there now… he’s from Vancouver.

  12. Cauchy Muamba was drafted 34 overall in the 2010 CFL Draft by the Lions but he was NOT a very good Safety in his first three years as a Lion, constantly getting beat and playing bad angles. Not surprised to see Cauchy as one of the first Lions cuts and not sad to see him go. Actually more surprised that he was re-signed by the Lions.

  13. dangnabbit // June 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm //

    I would like to see the Stamps bring in Ilnicki. Having competent Canadian running backs in Cornish and Messam was, to my mind, a big factor in their success over the past decade. I slightly suspect there will be some fall off from switching to Williams, and it’s important to start thinking about the future. It’s not hard to imagine that if Ilnicki progresses as a backup/practice player this year, he could be a ratio-breaking starter (very desirable) beginning in 2019.

  14. Most football coaches agree that it is not uncommon–and in fact, probably appropriate–to see a turnover of approx. 20% of your roster from season to season. Unfortunately for the fans, this may also include (for a variety of reasons such as age/declining performance, salary, etc.) players who are long-term members of that roster. No coach looks forward to making these kinds of decisions, but all agree that this goes with the territory, so to speak. Chris Jones pointed this out in his comments to media this past weekend, and underlined the importance of making decisions in the best interest of team performance, rather than in terms of what media and fans might wish, or demand.

  15. Jim Bob // June 11, 2018 at 7:57 pm //

    Bagg a solid vet along with Grant and Bond as a FA in my opinion were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would expect them to resurface in the near future. The other guys no real surprise to me based on youth, age and production. Happens every year in the pro football world.

  16. Thumper55 // June 11, 2018 at 8:16 pm //

    I too would love to see Ilnicki in Red and White, but he’s a Spruce Grove kid (read Esks fan:), and has prospects outside football (3.9 GPA graduating in Management from U of A). I’m surprised Esks aren’t giving him a look. Calvin McCarty has to retire sooner or later and Edm isn’t loaded with Cdn RB’s

  17. Russell // June 13, 2018 at 2:38 am //

    There was a baseball saying in the days before free agency: “It’s better to trade a player a year too early than a year too late.”

    It’s hard to see fan favorites like Owen and Bagg sent packing, but they are going out before embarrassing themselves. My best wishes to all on this list!

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