The CFL announced recently that this year’s trade deadline will be on October 11 at 3:59 PM EST. With that in mind, here are four CFL trades I believe teams would be wise to make before the deadline.
Calgary offensive lineman Justin Renfrow for B.C.’s 2018 fifth round pick
Renfrow has been a nice find for the Stamps — after beginning the season on the practice roster, the Miami product recently started at left guard for Calgary on Labour Day. The Stamps’ offensive line allowed zero sacks against Edmonton’s tough front-seven and allowed Jerome Messam to rumble for 61 yards along the ground. B.C. needs to upgrade their American offensive line spots and, when Spencer Wilson returns from the six-game injured list, the Stamps won’t have to keep all three of their import hogs on the roster.
Winnipeg defensive tackle Drake Nevis for Saskatchewan receiver Caleb Holley
The Riders recently lost 320-pound newcomer Nick James to injury, leaving a sizeable hole in the middle of their defensive line. Enter Nevis, the plus-size free agent signing who has failed to live-up to expectations in Bomberland. Holley, meanwhile, has averaged 57 receiving yards per game in his young CFL career and would bring some much-needed size to Winnipeg’s receiving corps. Nevis and Holley are free agents at the end of this season, allowing both clubs to get to know their new players before committing long-term.
Edmonton receiver Bryant Mitchell for Montreal linebacker Nicolas Boulay
The Alouettes desperately need to find a way to ignite their struggling offence. Adding a receiver like Mitchell, who has recorded 392 receiving yards in just six games this year, could be the answer. The re-addition of Derel Walker makes Mitchell expendable in Edmonton, though the club has had disastrous luck keeping their Canadian linebackers healthy. Boulay, a solid veteran with experience on both defence and special teams, could be a great add for the club’s playoff push.
Hamilton quarterback Zach Collaros for a boatload of Toronto’s Canadians
My 3DownNation colleague Justin Dunk reported two weeks ago that the Argos have made an offer for Zach Collaros that includes three Canadian players and a high draft pick. As far as I’m concerned, the Ticats should take the deal and run. Jeremiah Masoli’s play has made Collaros expendable, while his cap savings could allow the Ticats to add one or two NFL castoffs. For the Argos, the deal would hinge on Collaros regaining his 2015 form under former Ticat offensive coordinator Tommy Condell, who now the receivers coach in Toronto. It’s rare to see arch-rivals make a blockbuster deal, but this trade has the potentially to be mutually beneficial. Count Brian Jones as one of the Canadians likely involved in this trade — drafted fourth overall a season ago, Jones has been on the trade block in Toronto since the spring.