Insider Talk: Chris Jones’ job, Cam Judge’s NFL aspirations & Nick Arbuckle’s future

It’s Wednesday morning, which means it’s time for another edition of Insider Talk.

This week the conversation turned mostly to the end of the NFL regular season as well as re-signings and the fast-approaching start of free agency slated for February 9.

Enjoy the anonymous quotes from people around the CFL and don’t forget to come back next week for another edition of Insider Talk.

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I’m hearing that (former CFL head coach and general manager) Chris Jones is going to be out in Cleveland when their season is over. He’ll be looking for a new gig.

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We should cap quarterback spending at $300,000 under the next CBA. Where else are quarterbacks going to play if they’re not in our league?

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Right now I’d bet that Nick Arbuckle ends up joining his old coach (Ryan Dinwiddie) in Toronto. He’s due a lot of money soon and I don’t think Ottawa’s willing to pay it. I wouldn’t either considering there are a lot more proven guys who should be available.

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The Bombers were smart to draft that kicker out of Western (Marc Liegghio). I’m hearing that (Justin) Medlock is leaning towards retirement.

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How much is the market for Canadian offensive linemen changing? Dan Clark made (CFL and West Division) all-star (in 2019) and he signed back in Saskatchewan for $145,000. Normally a guy like that would be at $180,000 or $190,000.

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The next time Josh Smith compares teams to movies for your site, make sure he puts Hamilton as ‘Back To The Future’ since they haven’t won s*** in twenty years.

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(Cincinnati tight end and Montreal native Bruno) Labelle is going to get picked way higher (in the 2021 CFL draft) than most people think. He’s big, he blocks really well and he’s got great hands, even though they didn’t throw to him that much. He’ll also play on all four special teams units for you right away, which is a big plus.

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(Saskatchewan Roughriders’ national linebacker) Cam Judge going to keep waiting (to sign back in the CFL) because the NFL might look at him for a workout and possible futures contract.

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