Ticats flip Charleston Hughes to Riders for Vernon Adams

Charleston Hughes, traded from the Calgary Stampeders to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday afternoon, has been flipped to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for quarterback Vernon Adams, per sources.

Hamilton acquired Hughes and a fourth-round, 34th overall pick in the 2018 CFL draft from the Stamps and the Ticats give up their fourth-round, 28th overall pick in the same draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2019 CFL pick-fest.

Hughes played in 147 games for the Stampeders recording 372 tackles, 99 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, three interceptions and one defensive touchdown. The two-time Grey Cup champion had spent his entire career in Calgary until he was dealt to Hamilton. Hughes has led the CFL in sacks twice in his career, 2013 and 2016. He leaves Calgary tied for the franchise record in sacks at 99.

The 34-year-old was a CFL all-star in 2017 recording 40 tackles, 11 sacks and one forced fumble in 14 games. Five out of the last six seasons Hughes has notched double-digit sack totals. He’s been a league all-star four times. Hughes is under contract for the 2018 season after signing a two-year extension before the start of the 2017 campaign.

Saskatchewan acquired Adams from the Montreal Alouettes last August in exchange for Canadian defensive back Tevaughn Campbell and two third-round draft selections.

The five-foot-11, 200-pound pivot served as the backup to Montreal starter Darian Durant for the first part of the 2017 season, rushing for nine yards on eight carries while scoring a TD. The Alouettes acquired Adams from the B.C. Lions in May 2016. Adams, 24, started three games that season, completing 42-of-75 passes for 575 yards and four TDs.