Once again this year teams from across the CFL have released 10 names on their negotiation list.
It’s a great move that gives fans a little insight into players that could be making their way to the league in the not too distant future. It also gives fans some names to watch in NFL training camps and throughout the college season.
We’d still like to see the full list but it’s better than nothing.
For the Riders, what’s most notable is that this year’s list is a complete overhaul. Of the names on the list, none of them were on last year. That includes Penn State quarterback Trace McSorely who has since been picked up by Calgary. This suggests that new general manager Jeremy O’Day has decided to go in another direction with it, which shouldn’t be all that surprising.
So, what about the guys on the list? Let’s take a look.
Tom Flacco – QB – Towson
This is the name that immediately jumps off the page as this is Denver Broncos’ quarterback Joe Flacco’s brother. He’s transferred around with stops at Western Michigan and Rutgers, but he decided to go to Towson to give baseball a try too. Towson University is in Maryland about 20 minutes north of Baltimore, where his brother used to play and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens.
Garrett Gilbert – QB – SMU
Gilbert is currently with the Cleveland Browns. He’s had five other stops in the NFL and was with the Orlando Apollos of the now-defunct AAF. His father Gale was also a quarterback who was on those Bills teams that lost four straight Super Bowls. And Gale Gilbert lost a Super Bowl with San Diego, he holds the record for losing five straight Super Bowls.
D’Eriq King – QB – Houston
King actually started as a receiver in his freshman year in 2016 with Houston. He played both QB and receiver the following year before taking over the starting job in the final four games of the season. His junior season was cut short following a non-contact knee injury in November.
Joshua Ferguson – RB – Illinois
Ferguson is another NFLer with the Houston Texans. It’s his second stint with Houston with stops in Indianapolis and New England. At the end of the 2015 NCAA season, he was the only active player in the FBS to finish his career with over 2,500 rushing yards and over 1,500 yards receiving.
Picasso Nelson Jr. – DB – Southern Miss
Picasso? He’s got the best name on the list. He’s also currently a Jacksonville Jaguar. His father, Picasso Nelson spent some time with the Argos, Lions and Eskimos between 1998 and 2000.
Jamar Summers – DB – Connecticut
Right now, Summers is with the Detroit Lions. He’s also been with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Birmingham Iron since leaving college.
Jhavonte Dean – DB – Miami
Like Gilbert, Dean is with the Cleveland Browns. Dean’s NCAA run wasn’t smooth, his grades weren’t good at Cincinnati, he went to Blinn College, the same junior college that Cam Newton went to before going to Auburn. Dean was set to join the Alabama Crimson Tide before getting an offer from Miami that he preferred.
Sterling Shippy – DL – Alcorn State
Besides having the second best name on the list, Shippy is currently with the Indianapolis Colts. He’s just trying to make his Mama proud according to this Twitter profile.
Gary Johnson – LB – Texas
He’s a free agent who had previously signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent. Johnson is a little short at six-foot for the NFL, so perhaps the CFL will be an option. He led the Longhorns in tackles last year.
Blaine Clausell – OL – Mississippi State
Clausell is also a free agent at the moment. He was Mississippi State’s starting left tackle for four seasons. He’s bounced around the NFL with stops in Baltimore, New England, Washington, Carolina and Arizona. According to his LinkedIn page, Clausell is now a real estate agent in the Phoenix area. The money is probably better.