Three Canadian castoffs the Redblacks should consider calling

Following the league-wide cutdown, a number of prominent players suddenly find themselves on the free agent market.

Since there’s no such thing as too much Canadian depth, here are three players the Ottawa Redblacks should consider calling.

REC Anthony Parker

This one almost makes too much sense. Given the recent news that offensive lineman Jason Lauzon-Séguin will miss 6-8 weeks due to an injury sustained in the Redblacks first pre-season game, Ottawa will be forced to juggle their roster to manage their ratio.

As the team will likely start two Canadians at the receiver position (Brad Sinopoli and Julian Feoli-Gudino), Parker would be a savvy addition. The 28-year-old is a proven veteran capable of playing any position in the receiving corps. Over 108 games and seven seasons in Calgary, Parker made 178 catches for 2245 and 15 touchdowns.

Parker wouldn’t need to be rushed onto the field either, he could simply provide depth and work in as a rotational player as he learns the nuances of Jamie Elizondo’s playbook.

REC Rob Bagg

Despite Bagg being a bit older than Parker at 33, he checks off many of the same boxes. Although he’s coming off a statistically poor year, he still averaged 9.7 yards per catch in 2017. The down year might also work into the Redblacks’ favour, allowing them to sign Bagg to a cheaper, team friendly contract.

DL Faith Ekakitie

One of the biggest surprises from cutdown day, the 2017 1st overall pick never managed to find his place on a deep Bomber’s defensive line. Even if he failed to live up to expectations in Winnipeg, perhaps being free of the burdens that come with being the draft’s top pick allow Ekakitie to settle in and simply focus on football. After all, not all players develop at the same speed.

Given that the Redblacks already have Daryl Waud, Micheal Klassen, Ettore Lattanzio and Andrew Marshall on their roster, perhaps there’s no room for Ekakitie. But if anyone can get some production out of him, you’d have to believe Hall of Fame defensive line coach Leroy Blugh would be up to the task.

Santino Filoso

Santino Filoso

Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)
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Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)

30 Comments on Three Canadian castoffs the Redblacks should consider calling

  1. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 10:37 am //

    I’m not sure Parker would be interested in playing elsewhere. Like most Stamps, he’s settled into the city with a young family and a job in real estate

    • Ridersrule // June 12, 2018 at 11:20 am //

      Yes after playing for the stamps they have such a bad taste in their mouth they just don’t want to play anymore.

    • riderontheisland // June 12, 2018 at 11:40 am //

      Oh you mean like Nik Lewis who lives in Regina. You are not even full of crap, you are a compulsive liar.

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm //

        What? how does Nik Lewis living in Regina make me a liar? Did I say he didn’t?

    • Well winning in real estate is better than losing for the Stamps

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm //

        That’s very philosophical of you.
        And it’s even better than losing for the riders!!! -losing every week infact

        • I’m not even a Riders fan but you throw them in your reply? LOL. Am I suppose to be offended? You’re a joke bud. Get a life. Riders fans get the better of you daily.

  2. NO ! Ottawa has arguably the best receiving corps in the CFL right now if you consider Nationals and Internationals. Parker had just 19 receptions last year, the RBs younger International receivers could easily surpass that.
    Bagg? same thing not needed by Ottawa.
    Ekakte – a first round pick last year but a huge disappointment.

    • BlueBomberChris // June 12, 2018 at 3:24 pm //

      Respectfully disagree there. Ottawa does NOT have the best receiving corps now. Maybe 2 years ago with Jackson, Williams, and the buds etc. but not now.

      Right now I’d say Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, or even Calgary would all have stronger receiver corps than Ottawa. But that’s just my opinion

  3. Rider4life // June 12, 2018 at 11:14 am //

    As for Rob Bagg and or Chad Owens they both hurt Rob his ankle and Chad his shoulder plus age has caught up to them . RIDERS and the fans going to miss not having Rob in green and white but said it 3 months ago this be Rob last year with the Riders as retire or being cut and out done by younger guys . Jones bringing in younger guys to replace vets it’s a business.

  4. Why are the Tiger Cats never in on these players, they like to give them away, try signing one or 2. Parker would make the most sense seeing as they’ve lost Chambers for the season and Chapman has yet to sign.. who would you rather have Chapman or Parker ? no brainer. I’m sure theres a lot of behind the scenes talks we never hear about, perhaps sun always shines is correct and he doesn’t want to move.

    • MR. Green // June 12, 2018 at 11:52 am //

      I’m sure a few teams must be considering, Bagg and Parker, however they will have to cut someone I assume. Hamilton does make sense bringing one of them in.

    • I am thinking that after his ankle is healed your Ticats will have Rob Bagg playing for this year. I am hoping its only a year, and Rob goes out on his own terms after the season is over , signs a 1 day contrat to retire as a Rider and gets his “Rob Bagg” day at mosaic next summer. AS much as I like Bagg I dont think he will get his name on the ring of honor inn the stadium, but will be a plaza guy for sure. Just hope Bagg does not have a 125 yrd of better game vs Riders if the cats pick him up. IMO he certainly is a better choice then Parker or trying to retread Fantus once again.

  5. coldincalgary // June 12, 2018 at 11:42 am //

    Bringing in CDN talent is never a bad thing. These three will resurface elsewhere in league as injuries mount.
    From what I hear Parker does not want to hang up the cleats.

  6. Redblacks receivers are legit. I don’t think they need these guys. As much as Id like to see Bagg suit up somewhere. Maybe in W’Peg with Dress?

    • Gahhh, that would be just ugly in my mind , having Bagg in bomber colors. But possible!!! Please Bagg ABW , lol , to ,many former green guys playing in Winnipeg as it stands .

  7. Edward Leslie // June 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm //

    Rob Bagg Hamilton
    Anthony Parker Edmonton
    Faith Ekakitie Saskatchewan
    Chad Owens Toronto or U. Of Hawaii (Coach)

  8. I am thinking possibly that Jones takes a flyer on Faith Ekakitie, simply put Jones might try to convert him to oline , or have him play back up DT as his normal position but that would allow Jones to have Steel play oline ( as has been pointed out here by others), at least till we Know how the Dakota thing shakes down in New York. I still wonder if Brett Jones continues to stick with the giants , as the giants have tried realy hard to upgrade their oline this offseason . But that begs the ? is Brett Jones still Calgary property or is he a true FA. If a true FA I am wondering if he comes to Sask in order to play with fellow Weyburn product Labatte. I am thinking that it may be of some interest to Brett to do that at some point before Labattte hangs them up. But again , in no WAY does Jones walk away on his own from the NFL and millions just to make a local feel good story.

    • Superby Stampeder // June 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm //

      How did this turn into a story about the riders O-line?
      And what makes you think Brett Jones would want to sign with the riders as opposed to the team he has loyalty to- the Calgary Stampeders??
      It’s all moot anyway, Jones just signed a multi million dollar deal with the Giants that will see him be the starting center. He ain’t going anywhere

      • Not to downplay Jones ability to succeed in the NFL, however regarding NFL standards 2 million is PEANUT’s for a older starting player. As well the NFL cuts players like , flies are drawn to pooh. Jones has his work cut out for him if he is to stick with the Giants , reputed to have one of the WORST olines re NFL. Again just speculating on Jones due to his Weyburn Sask connection, FYI although its hard for some of ya to get it, sask boy’s are kina loyal to the province so one never knows what the future holds. Especially after having Millions as you folks point out in his pocket and a NFL pension, Jones potential return to the CFL is more about Fun then $$$, IMO , family might be the determining factor for Jones if ever retuning. AKA look how John Ryan spends a good deal of off season time in Regina apparently , where he was born!!!! plus tons of NHL guys come back during their offseason as well.

        • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 5:56 pm //

          Again, why do you assume he’d go to Sask?
          Calgary is the team he knows and all the coaches he knows are still the same, he was pretty happy and successful here. Or maybe having a taste of NY life he’d want Toronto!
          You always assume these guys desire nothing more than to comeback to the province which is so ironic when you consider how many people flee there!

    • Peter N // June 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm //

      Giants exercised their restricted Free Agent tender on Jones at $2.914 Million for 2018. He becomes an unrestricted FA at the end of this year at which point CFL teams will have a no shot. If he plays well this year his next contract will be more than a CFL’s team’s salary cap each year.

  9. Rick Cowan // June 12, 2018 at 1:40 pm //

    Yes I think the Riders will sign Ekalite and I think you will see the Rider’s try and draft Johnstone in the supplemental draft

  10. brian johnson // June 13, 2018 at 10:18 am //

    If your team has any talent at all in the receiving core you answer will be NONE OF THE ABOVE…..

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