Roy Finch among trio of Stamps asked to be worked out by NFL teams

Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel has received requests from NFL teams to workout three players from the 2017 roster: Roy Finch, DaVaris Daniels and Shaquille Richardson.

Finch had a stellar season leading the CFL in punt return yards (1,200) and yards per return (16.4 among players with a minimum of five tries) and his 103-yard effort for a touchdown in Week 7 against Toronto was the longest punt return so far this season. Those totals earned Finch the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award.

He’s a dynamic weapon on offence too, producing 114 rush yards on 21 carries and recording 18 receptions for 133 yards, including 79 yards after the catch. Finch is just 26 years old, prime age range for NFL teams.

Daniels, the 2016 Most Outstanding Rookie, was slowed by injury in 2017 but he’s drawn NFL interest nonetheless. He burst onto the scene a year ago showing deep threat ability and that flashed in his first full season with Calgary. Over 13 games in 2017, Daniels made 47 receptions for 743 yards and four touchdowns. Most importantly he finished the campaign healthy. Dad (Phillip) played 15 seasons in the NFL, so Daniels has the bloodlines plus he’s only approaching his 25th birthday in December.

Richardson really asserted himself on Calgary’s No. 1 ranked defence during his second year. He took the starting strong-side linebacker spot from Joe Burnett and produced 48 tackles four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), one sack and one forced fumble. At six-feet, 191 pounds Richardson could be looked at as a rangy cover man and he’s only 25.

NFL teams can begin working out CFL players on December 1.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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12 Comments on Roy Finch among trio of Stamps asked to be worked out by NFL teams

  1. Galloping Again into 2018 // December 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm //

    Yep….. sometimes you become a victim of your own success.
    Finch would really be missed. He is a dynamic player but is pretty small. On that narrow NFL field I can’t see him being as productive. Richardson, would he be DB or LB? He is kinda small for NFL LB IMO.

  2. solara2000 // December 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm //

    1 year contracts, multi year contracts that aren’t guaranteed. if that’s how you run your business, you get the transitory players. Can’t hold back the players who have a legitimate interest expressed in them.

    But I do have a question; who has the interest of the fan? Hard to build an affiliation with rent-a-players. Just saying, the people who pay the bills are forgotten in the process.

    • dangnabbit // December 3, 2017 at 7:56 pm //

      I believe Daniels and Richardson were on rookie contracts, which are fixed by the CBA at one year, plus a team-held option. Finch was coming off a year of sitting on his butt after being cut by Ottawa – how far would you go to lock him in as your franchise player for a decade in that situation? Nothing to do with Hufnagel forgetting the fans.

  3. Solara. Players earn more in the practice roster for NFL teams than starters in the CFL. So this is going to happen.

    • Not actually correct. NFL practice roster players earn $7200/wk (unless the player is viewed as a real risk of being poached in which case they might make a bit more). That’s about $150K CDN which is more than first contract starters in the CFL, but generally less than star players after their first contract.

      NFL PR for CFL players makes sense because you’re not losing a whole lot of money and they’re leaving open the opportunity, but it’s not generally more money than they’d make up here.

      As an aside, the math is different for QB’s where you need a substantial signing bonus and a reasonable shot at the backup position for it to make financial sense if you’re an established CFL starter.

  4. Scottsask // December 1, 2017 at 5:06 pm //

    Sad but unfortunately true.

  5. hmmm, with all the Stamp rumors, of coaches/players possibly leaving (tryouts/free agency) , given the ending to their season ( team psyche ) who knows, 2017-18 might see the Stamps as the team in the west stepping back and struggling to find a berth as a crossover team. Not saying that WILL happen just saying ANYTHING is possible ove rthe off season.

  6. Don’t worry about the Stamps. Hufnagel is miles ahead of the other GMs. Remember when Finch missed a couple of games his replacement took one back for a TD.

  7. I bet DB Ciante Evans will be another Stamp to go south too

  8. Typical Stamps season. I wonder how many NFL teams asked Rider players to try out? Actually, I don’t wonder at all, since the answer is most likely zero. But Huff will replace these guys as he always does and the 4th place Riders, who got knocked out in the first round, again, will get no calls for their players. Makes you wonder….. not.

  9. BigRedMachine // December 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm //

    Unfortunately for Finch, recent NFL rule changes has deemphasized KRs and returning punts has never been as important as it is in the CFL so he may have a tough time finding an NFL team to find a roster spot for him.

  10. The money is better in the NFL even on the practice roster than they would make in the CFL especially when taking into account the exchange rate. One thing about the Stamps is when they lose em they find good one to replace them. Most will be back since there is a very small % who stick on a NFL roster.

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