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Stiff armed off the Riders’ neg list: Heisman winner was traded from Saskatchewan to Toronto

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who won the 2017 Heisman Trophy as the NCAA’s top player on Saturday, is currently on the Toronto Argonauts negotiation list – but he was once the property of the Saskatchewan Roughriders

Mayfield was dealt from the Riders to the Argos on Feb. 10, 2016, as part of a deal that saw Saskatchewan acquire offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, who started 12 games for the green and white this season after coming out of retirement. In addition to Mayfield, the Argonauts received a 2016 fourth-round pick, 27th overall, which they used to select McMaster fullback Declan Cross who caught the game-tying two-point conversion in Toronto’s Grey Cup win in November.

Mayfield had a spectacular 2017, passing for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions hitting on 71 per cent of his attempts and 310 yards on the ground and five scores. The signature Heisman outing for Mayfield came in The Bedlam Series game against Oklahoma State when he set a new a single-game school mark with 598 passing yards and five touchdowns in a 62-52 Sooners road win. Oklahoma is 12-1 ranked No. 2 in the NCAA and take on Georgia in the Rose Bowl part of the College Football Playoff on January 1, 2018.

Last season he led the Sooners to an 11-2 record and a Sugar Bowl victory. He threw for 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns against eight interceptions with a 70.9 completion rate while rushing for 177 yards and six touchdowns.

Other recent Heisman Trophy winners on current CFL negotiation lists include Louisville QB Lamar Jackson (Lions), QB Johnny Manziel (Ticats) and QB Robert Griffin III (Ticats).

The 22-year-old has put up gaudy numbers and earned many accolades since the swap and drawn lots of attention from NFL personnel men. There were 25 NFL scouts and three NFL general managers at Boone Pickens Stadium to see Mayfield’s record-setting 598-yard performance.

Mayfield could be a high NFL draft pick but his style would suit the CFL game well – if he ever ends up north of the border.

That said, are we sure Mayfield is a Marc Trestman type of guy? Seems like he needs to learn to win with class.

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