Brett Lauther’s extension in Saskatchewan should open the trade market for fellow Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna.
The Riders were allowed to give Crapigna the entire 2018 season to heal from lower body surgery because Lauther performed well in training camp and pre-season last year.
But there is still pop in Crapigna’s leg and certain teams around the CFL could use a national at the position. The B.C. Lions have a first-year American on the roster and the Ticats an untested Canadian rookie.
Crapigna was Saskatchewan’s primary field goal kicker in 2016 and 2017 after taking over the role late in 2015 after being acquired in a trade deadline deal for national running back Jerome Messam. The McMaster University grad has played in 36 games for Saskatchewan making 76-of-88 three-point attempts (86.4 per cent) with a long of 53 yards and converted 74-of-78 extra point attempts.
The Calgary Stampeders drafted Crapigna in the fifth round, 40th overall during the 2014 CFL draft and developed him for two years.
Crapigna made a number of pressured-packed kicks in university – most notably during McMaster’s thrilling double overtime victory over Laval in the 2014 Vanier Cup – and has proven he can consistently put the ball through the uprights at the CFL level.
Expect teams to inquire with Saskatchewan with regards to the price tag for Crapigna.