TSN analyst Glen Suitor would ensure Saskatchewan Roughriders’ pending free agent pass rusher Charleston Hughes is well compensated.
Suitor believes the Riders should pay the 37-year-old defensive end above market value to stay in Saskatchewan.
“I would say when you look at Hughes, that to me he is worth overpaying. If it were me, I would overpay for Charleston Hughes to a point,” Suitor said on The SportsCage in Regina.
“Overpay for a guy at his age because of his unique and refined skill set. He is a pure pass rusher that doesn’t come along very often, and so that’s why you’d overpay.”
General manager Jeremy O’Day is in a precarious position trying to retain the majority of the group that put up a 13-5 record in 2019, claiming first place in the West Division. Hughes has been a major disruptor on defence for the Green and White.
“I would overpay for Hughes. I’m sure Jeremy O’Day is doing that, I’m sure he’s giving him the best possible offer they can. I would think that the organization really wants Hughes back,” Suitor said.
The 37-year-old led the league with 16 sacks during the 2019 season, adding 50 tackles, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown in 17 games. Hughes felt he was snubbed for the West Division Most Outstanding Defensive Player award, which went to Willie Jefferson.
“I love Charleston Hughes. He’s a character, he is great on social media most of the time, but I would not use Twitter or social media if I were a player to do my bidding, or to negotiate, or to try and win fan popularity in the negotiation with the club,” Suitor said.
“Do your business and get the best deal you can.”