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The Riders Have Many Free Agents to Sign....the Most Important One Is

I think we got to look at

I think we got to look at the 2 o-line that we have over looked in this poll. We need to resign Jones and Smith who are both potential free agents. Matt is a given he is just injury prone and we should not over pay him, I think he will stick around with out a big increase. Cates is needed to give Kerry more time to think, other teams must respect him or he will burn them. Chunky and Hunt are needed for "D". Hunt holds that "D" together through play and leadership and is very vital to the "D's" success. Chunky is a very talented young man that we an keep for lower cost and high skill that will prove very valuable next year. Eddie Davis I think will retire and become a DB coach, last but not least is Szarka. Szarka is a great rider and will be a Rider Great for life but I think his days are numbered. I would like to see him back one more year to mentor Hughes but with Neil in the back field we lose nothing but we gain salary room and age. I will be very sad the day Chris doesn't put the helmet on for the Green and White, he has been a huge part of the team for many years on and off the field but I hate to say it. That day is coming. I think we are going to see a big change in Riderville we are going to see more players wanting to stay and wanting to come to Sask. They see the passion and they see the opportunities that this province will give them after football if they stay here. We are on the verge of a long streak of good football in the Prairies and I can't wait.

Good post, although I differ

Good post, although I differ with you in some significant areas. JJ improved as the year went on, but he’s an average OT at best. I think we should bring him back, but we should bring in some real competition for him too, (and not a 3 time flunky like Beltran Johnson). Smith had a lot of injury issues this year, and he had a lot of injury issues last year. That and is huge former contract led Hamilton to dump him, although there was some talk of attitude issues as well. I didn’t hear any talk of attitude issues this year, but if his injury issues are chronic then I wouldn’t object if we took a pass on him. It’s very disruptive to have a OL in and out of the lineup all the time. I wouldn’t mind bringing Bates in if he can be had for reasonable money, and we could replace either Smith or MAM with him as far as I’m concerned.

Matt’s injury potential has little to no impact on what we pay him. If he goes on the 9 game list his salary won’t count against the cap. We need to pay him what a receiver of his calibre is worth without trying to cheat him.

Cates is good, but not great, and there probably won’t be a lot of other interest in him, unless Edmonton wants to try to make us weaker and them stronger with one move. It shouldn’t take a lot to re-sign him, though.

Chunky is a must to re-sign, and a big reason for that is that Tillman has shown no ability to find another half decent import DT. A recent LP report quoted a coach as saying that we’d been through 10 this year without finding a keeper.

Hunt is a great LB, but with him wanting to play with his brother, and us having good players like McKenzie and Stancil who can also play that position, it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s not back next year.

We need ED back, and again a big reason there is that Tillman has shown no ability to find good DBs. The one good young one in camp Dre Dokes, he let get away, and then he started bringing in other teams cast offs like Chatman and Kornegay, who are both pretty bad. Frazier is a passable backup to our starting 4, but after him we have nothing.

I agree with you on Szarka. I think this is his time to ride off into the sunset as a champion. I believe Peircy is a FA and would likely come at close to half of what we’re currently paying Szarka.

And I’m not sure that we’re going to be seen more favourably after this year, and one big reason is that our GM forced an injured KJ to take a very unjustified and very big pay cut last year, and screwing your best players isn’t looked on too favourably by other players looking at your team. We’ll see what Tillman does in the coming weeks but what I surely hope to hear very soon is that he has reworked KJ’s contract to give him market value. I don’t think we need to pay him more than the top QBs in the league, but we need to pay him as much as the top QBs in the league, and that would be something like a 3 year $1.5 million contract, and that would put him in line with Printers and Ray, and likely Calvillo as well.

"our GM forced an injured KJ

"our GM forced an injured KJ to take a very unjustified and very big pay cut last year, and screwing your best players isn’t looked on too favourably by other players looking at your team."

hahaha!! You're hilarious SRF.

Keep taking shots at the Manager of the 2007 Grey Cup Champions. Its like a monkey throwing peanuts at an elephant.


Man, with Yo out of the

Man, with Yo out of the picture I thought you would settle down a bit with this "Tillman Hating".

For the O-Line what do you think of Best stepping in next year?

I'll disagree again with the KJ stuff...based on his performance in '06 the paycut was mandatory. He should obviously be bumped back up to the 375-400K range. He had a truly amazing bounce back season. (Although I know your theory that someone on the team has to be payed 500K will always keep us at odds.)

Also for the D-Line it seems that Mullinder played fairly well this year...with a rotation of him Schultz and Chunky we were pretty solid. Although I also agree a nice 300 lb import find with quickness would be a great addition.

My list order would be: 1.) Matt (with paycut, or incentive laden contract) 2.) Eddie 3.) Reggie 4.) Robinson 5.) Chunky/Smith

I like Cates but running backs should be one of the easiest positions to stock, hopefully he comes back though as he proved to be a warrior in the playoffs.

I liked Dre Dokes as well...he could have helped us as both a DB and a returner.


I found this post, but don't

I found this post, but don't know who wrote it.

A bunch of current players whos' contract expires on it. So(CAPS denotes All-Star potential):

1) DOMINGUEZ - 2 yrs + 1yr option for $85,000 + incentives up to $200,000

2) E. DAVIS - 2 yrs + 1 option for $80,000 + incentives up to $140,000

3) D. GOODSPEED - 3yrs + 1 option for $123,000 + incentives up to $143,000

4) R. Hunt - 1yr + 1 option for $85,000 + incentive up to $125,000

5) W. Smith - 1yr + option for $88,000 + incentive up to $125,000

6) C. Szarka - 1yr + option for $73,000 + incentive up to $120,000

7) M.C. Adams - 1yr + option for $70,000 if he comes in to camp less 20 lbs.

DRE DOKES. College Stats

College Stats 2005:

Panther Point: Tied for seventh on the Panthers' all-time interception list with 11 career picks.

2005: A second-team all-Gateway selection ... tied for the team lead in interceptions with three ... tied for third on the Panthers in pass breakups (7) ... ranked sixth on the team with 68 total tackles ... tied for 14th among active I-AA career leaders in interceptions (11) ... tallied a season-high nine tackles at Iowa (9/17) ... snared interceptions against Indiana State (10/15), at Western Kentucky (11/5) and vs. Northern Arizona (11/19) ... his only forced fumble of the season came when he stripped the ball from Eastern Washington's all-America wide receiver Eric Kimble in UNI's 41-38 win over the Eagles in the first round of the NCAA I-AA playoffs ... recorded at least two tackles in every game ... returned five kicks for 97 yards (19.4 avg.) ... returned six punts on the season with five of those coming in the NCAA I-AA national championship game against Appalachian State (12/16).

“2006 AP D1-AA

“2006 AP D1-AA All-American First Team: CB Dre Dokes (Springfield, Mo.) leads the nation with seven interceptions and ranks second among active FCS players with 18 career interceptions. He returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown at Iowa State. Dokes tallied two picks at Drake and two more at Youngstown State. He secured a season-high seven tackles at Youngstown State.”
40 Time: 4.42 40 Low: 4.37 40 High: 4.48

Pointing out what Tillman

Pointing out what Tillman has done, and hasn’t done, isn’t hating. It’s grounded criticism. And note that Tillman said at the beginning of the year here that we would have no full scholarship players, but Murphy was probably the worst and most outrageous case of a full scholarship player in the league. There are numerous other examples like this of Tillman saying one thing an then doing essentially the exact opposite, so be very wary of anything he says and be sure to check it against what he actually does.

If Best could step up it would be great. I’m sure he has the physical talent to take the next step, but question will be whether he’s ready to take the next step in his development. Similar questions exist for Parenteau, but it looks like he’s been our backup C recently as well, which makes me wonder if he’s been long snapping the ball as well and could maybe replace Frenette, who is really only a LS and not much of a backup OL, although he is a very good LS.

Based on KJ’s play in 06 he was underpaid even in 06. RR and DD were both making close to $500,000. Calvillo and Burris were making $400,000 better. Where is the argument that KJ was overpaid at $350,000? This year he was the MOP of the league. We broke his contract to take money away from him last year, so we are obliged to break it again and give him money back this year. He clearly is one of the top QBs in the league and he deserves to be paid like one, and the top QBs are all making close to $500,000/year. Every team has the same salary cap so we can’t claim to not have as much money as other teams. The question becomes, do we pay our star player what he’s worth or not? And before you answer consider the implications of a team not paying its star players what they are worth.

I agree that Millinder did very well and I wouldn’t mind seeing him get more playing time. He was getting some at DE as well as DT so he’s a very useful guy, but again we have a depth issue here. For CFL calibre NI DLs we have Schultz, Mullinder, and that’s it. We also have Fleiszer, who is a 250 lbs, 32 year old, career backup DE who was out of football until we signed him as a backup DT. He’s pretty clearly another one of Tillman’s full scholarship players. We passed on drafting Corey Mace last year and my bet is that Tillman did that to protect Fleizer’s position on the team. Instead we went off the board to take a player we didn’t really need, McKoy. So we may be stuck with Fleizer as a backup DT until he retires of his own free will, and that makes using Mullinder more more risky.

If we offer Matt either a pay cut or an incentive laden contract I would want him to walk away. That’s just too disrespectful. He was the top receiver in the league when he got hurt, after all. There is also no point in offing him an incentive laden contract other than to try to take advantage of him if he gets injured. An incentive laden contract doesn’t help us at all with the cap. Matt is an elite talent and a veteran and even a long time member of this community. BC didn’t do that to Dickenson even though they knew he was going to miss a significant amount of time every year, and I can’t think of any other team who has done such a thing to a player of Matt’s calibre, other than Tillman doing it to KJ last year, so if we try that to Matt I would want him to walk away. He’s too good a player and a person and I have too much respect for him to want him to accept anything like that.

GREAT POST. You sound like


You sound like you are really up on your Football knowledge.

Do you know of any good ball players, from other teams that might be coming up ???



Dwight S.

Jeff Piercy is a FB from

Jeff Piercy is a FB from Hamilton who I think we should sign to replace Szarka. Hamilton has Radlin and an import they like at FB, Dickerson, so he might well be available. We were considering drafting either him or Hoffart with our first pick 3 years ago so we rated him very highly out of university, and his university was the U of S, so he’s a home province boy and someone who could help off the field as a PR person in Saskatoon as well.

As far as OLs go, I think we’ll have to look to the draft, or perhaps trading something to Hamilton for the rights to Jordan Rempel.

As for DBs, I’m not sure what the full story on Dre Dokes is but if he left to see if there was any NFL interest and hasn’t found any takers yet then we should try to bring him back. With him and Frazier backing up, and provided that we re-sign Davis, we might be able to get through another year without doing any recruiting in the secondary.


On another topic, it looks like there has been a big swing in the votes over the weekend toward the improbable new leader Cates. It looks like someone has a bot set up.


Does anyone know if he is available ????
I think he still belonds to Hamilton, right ?

Some of his stats.

Jeff Piercy #34 FB
HT: 6.01
WT: 229
Birthdate: 1983-03-25
Born: Saskatoon, SK
College: Saskatchewan
Team: 1
CFL: 3

Acquired: Acquired by Hamilton in a trade with Montreal on Sept. 7, 2007 in exchange for Jason Maas.

2006: Montreal Alouettes

Played in 18 games during his second season with Montreal...caught two passes for 10 yards and one touchdown...had two carries for six yards...also made four special teams tackles and two defensive tackles...caught a three yard touchdown pass, his first as a pro from Anthony Calvillo during the second quarter of Montreal's 41-38 victory over Hamilton on July 20th...played in both Montreal's 33-24 East Final loss to Toronto and their 25-14 Grey Cup loss to the B.C. Lions.

2005: Montreal Alouettes

The Montreal Alouettes selected Piercy in the second round (12th overall) of the 2005 CFL Canadian College Draft...played in all 18 games as a rookie, finishing third on the team with 10 special teams tackles...made his CFL debut in Montreal's 31-21 season opening victory over the Alouettes 36-26 loss at Edmonton he made a season high three special teams tackles...played in both of Montreal's East Division playoff victories

I found this on the Tiger

I found this on the Tiger cat Web Site:

Is everyone aware that Lumsden is in his contract year??
Honestly, Lumsden should wait for the NFL to come to him, not the other way around. Only then will he realize that the NFL treats him seriously.

Keep you eye on this one Eric.
Maybe a trade could be made to get him ??????

I sure would be nice to get hold of Lumsden, well at least I think so.

Dwight S.

Missed out on Voting. I

Missed out on Voting.

I missed out on the voting, but my thoughts are that the most imporatant to re-sign are:


I think that if they, & they better, sign Matt, that one day you will see him as "RECEIVER COACH with the RIDERS".

Anyone agree ?????

Dwight S.

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