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Thursday, March 22, 2012

MAYOR OF SWAGGERVILLE COMES TO RIDERVILLE **UPDATE WITH AUDIO**

Saskatchewan Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman announced that the team has made a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Riders will receive import Defensive End Odell Willis and a conditional fifth round draft pick in 2013, in exchange for second (8th overall) and fourth (23rd overall) round selections in the upcoming 2012 CFL Draft, as well as a conditional draft pick in 2013.

Willis (6’2 – 255 lbs) began his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders in 2009, where he signed as a Free Agent prior to the season. The 27-year-old Mississippi native was acquired by the Blue Bombers via trade midway through the ’09 season.

The former University of West Georgia star enjoyed a career season in 2011, piling up 27 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks (both career highs) and was named an East-Divison and CFL All-Star.

“Odell is arguably the best pass-rusher in the CFL,” noted Taman. “I’m very confident he significantly upgrades our club on the defensive side of the football.”

Since entering the league in 2009, Willis has been a pass-rushing force from his defensive end spot, his 13 sacks in 2011 tied him for the league lead with Justin Hickman, while his totals in 2010 (11) and 2009 (10) placed him third each season.

During his three seasons in the CFL, Willis has tallied 78 tackles, 34 quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries.

In a news release from Winnipeg, Blue Bomber GM Joe Mack said: "We would like to thank Odell for passionate intensity and contributions to our football club the past two and a half seasons.  However, it became evident through a combination of team and staff interactions, and several one-on-one discussions, that Odell no longer wanted to be a part of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Therefore, we felt it would be the best interest of both Odell and the organization to facilitate this trade and proceed in a different direction.”

Rider Head Coach Corey Chamblin audio:

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great work Brendan!!!!!

Mr.Morin said...

Where are all the Taman haters now?

MattJ said...

HUGE! Good move by Taman.

MurrayFischer said...

Better than any DE we had last year. Now if Hawkins can stay healthy we are poised to have a pretty solid defensive line. Let's hope that Odell can focus more on his on-field production and a little less on the theatrics. Great move, IMO.

Murray from Estevan

Anonymous said...

It's kind off strange that BB would get rid of him


Bob in Bethune

Anonymous said...

Love it! Regina needed a new Mayor anyways. Great signing for Rider Nation!!

Warren

Anonymous said...

This is a HUGE coup for the Riders . Now if I could only get Willis to unblock me on twitter (from last year's Grey Cup)

Anonymous said...

LaBatte tells me he is a weird one.

Anonymous said...

As long as his head stays on earth this could be good. But, he thought he was a god last year... completely disappeared in the second half of the season and let his mouth run him out of Winnipeg in the process.

If he can grow up, and play football like a big boy he's welcome here.

Anonymous said...

Why in earth would wpg get rid of him for so little?

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable talent, the compensation is worth the risk, but I worry what the issue was and what this will do in term of the cap ramifications

Anonymous said...

Huge mistake by Taman. Has he no confidence in the defensive ends he has already brought in? I hate to see our Canadian draft picks, epecially the no. 8 traded away for an American who has shown erratic behavior.Taman's infatuation with things Winnipeg is hard to understand!

Anonymous said...

DISCIPLINE is the key for this dude. I hope that Chamblin is able to keep his head on straight. He wore out his welcome in the Peg,but hopefully he won't be a distraction in the dressing room and with Hawkins hopefully ready to go, The Riders should be OK. Polkabill from Regina

Anonymous said...

Horrible horrible horrible trade, mortgage the future for Canadian picks who are so crucial in these league.

The Woz said...

Alot of good players are a little weird...especially on defence. Chamblin, Richie, etc. will keep him in line.

God this crap about "all things Winnipeg" really irks me...this is an eight team league so there are only so many teams to trade with or pick up players from. I could see people going on and on about Taman bringing in ex Bombers from his days in Winnipeg but Willis wasn't even there when Taman was there....so give it a rest.

People have been whining about finding some pass rush and the lack of DE's - today Taman picks up an ex-NFLer and makes a great trade for some draft picks that sometimes do not pan out and yet still keeps our overall number one pick so we can take Heenan and have the best left side of the line for the next 10 years with Labatte and Heenan.

There is no pleasing some people!!!!

We know the guy can rush the passer given his consistent stats over the last three years. And God knows we need some life/spark on this team...

Great great trade!!! We are rebuilding this old team in a hurry! Let's get it on!

Anonymous said...

He still has to make the team. Chamblin & Hall better make sure his ego stays in check and he actually performs on the field like he thinks he can perform in his huge head. If he is a disruptive influence in the locker room - get rid of him.

Hope he works his a$$ off and plays well. Time will tell.

Newt from the city that rhymes with fun

Anonymous said...

His stats for last 6 games:
Grey Cup: 1 tackle, 0 sacks
East Final: 2 tackles, 0 sacks
Nov 5 vs Cal: 3 tackles, 0 sacks
Oct 28 vs Tor: 1 tackle, 0 sacks
Oct 15 vs Edm: 1 tackle, 0 sacks

So in his last 6 games, a total of 8 tackles and ZERO sacks.

The 6 games prior to that, (starting with Labour Day), he had 8 tackles and 4 sacks.
He did most of his damage in the first 6 games, not much after that .... we may have better guys than him coming into camp.

West Central Dave said...

I'll the comment about keeping his ego in check. But some "attitude" can be a good thing on any team. Cudos to BT for trying to do something about a weak spot. Competition will be stiff at camp, which is sorely needed.

Anonymous said...

Woz-you're a blithering idiot. Who cares what irks you!

Real Rider Fan said...

Everyone should check out Riderfans.com what a bunch morons over there, they cry for Defensive Ends and Tamman brings in a all star now they are screaming for Tamman's head when last month they were praising the offseason moves. I can't believe them over there they should shut that site down it sure makes all Rider Fans look pathetic I can't even go on the site anymore one side jack offs over there !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Morin

They are all over at Riderfans.com

J FRENCH said...

Not I huge fan of this, gave up a lot for a guy that was tailing off and losing his job last year. Hope he steps in and proves me wrong but if he brings the swagger attitude and subpar play from the 2nd half I'll be pissed.

clay said...

Risky trade. 1st round pick for an American defensive end that the Bombers benched near the end of the season. I got my fingers crossed on this one. Not a trde Tillman would have done

3RD and 1 said...

The so called tough guys that do all the name calling on here are actually the Anonymous pussy's, Obviously the sand boxes are still to wet to play in. So they come on here and act tough.

Anonymous said...

Can't win with this fan base. Go out and get someone, nope not good enough. Don't do nothing, even worse. I realize everyone has an opinion but cripes camp hasn't even started yet and everyone is jumping out of there shorts.

Anonymous said...

Too much to give up for an American.

Anonymous said...

Rule #1;

You don't trade Canadian draft picks for imports!!!

Especially imports that would rather be Stateside eating turkey than play in the Grey Cup game.

I can't wait until this 'Taman era' is over with.

BB

Anonymous said...

Great trade...in my opinion...

This we gave up too much is silly. A starter who can play now is critical and we send our 8th pick and a later?

Not to mention, this is not that deep of a draft...

Now if only he can balance his intensity with some common sense...

Anonymous said...

No Tillman only trades for useless qb's such as Bishop, Jyles. Willis is a all-star and makes are D-line alot better. Isn't that what Rider fans wanted? All i've heard for the past 2 yrs we havn't filled the holes on the line, Taman has just done that and that's not good enough. I hope the Mayor brings the swagger attitude it's about time this team got it's swagger back. I love all the moves you have made this off-seaon.

The Woz said...

Taman has done a great job this offseason....period.

One minute people are saying that there are no sure things with draft picks as evidenced by Shomari and Sisco and McCoy, etc. then they cry when we trade draft picks to get a stud proven defensive end that they have also been crying that we needed for most of the last two year....botton line boys and girls is that to get someone good you need to pay something good....were we going to get a stud DE through the draft??? No.

I also trust Chamblin to know if Odell has it or not... Willis is only 27 for crying out loud.

Gets bad mouthed for doing nothing...gets badmouthed for doing something...Taman can't win. Willis is the best rusher in this league so lets celebrate!!

And to the guys who said he would not have done the trade or that it is dumb to trade Canadian picks....seems to me we did not have a full complement of our Canadian draft picks for the last three years....where did those picks go? For Bishop?

Keith said...

The Rider management is doing a first rate job in rebuilding the team. Taman is building a better roster in the post Ken Miller era. I am greatly impressed by his efforts thus far. Getting Willis is another great move in 2012. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Awesome signing!! Taman u rock! To all the doubters out there give your head a shake. This is one puts us back in the grey cup.

Anonymous said...

So we finally get a quality D end and everyones all over Taman. If you listen to Chamblin, you have to give something up to get quality. What were they supposed to give up, Gainer the Gohper!! Come on, we have strong Canadian talent already, so if you geniuses could think of another way to strengthen the d line. toerh then this, I\m all ears.

Rider Bill O

Anonymous said...

I love this trade for two reasons:

It adds a talented player to our roster and a potential beast to our d-line.

It totally steals the Regina sports thunder from the Pats...AGAIN! I can see why BP doesn't own a Rider jersey.

Anonymous said...

Would have much rather waited for a couple of things to happen first:

1) get to camp and find out exactly what we had for ends (not saying we couldn't have brought in another FA or two in the meantime...remember the no-name FA by the name of John Chick?...we could have another one just like him and not know it)

2) by midpoint in camp, if it's not looking real promising for FA DEs, then hang tough and see what shakes loose (ie. released) from Bomber camp as they are loaded at that position (we may have been able to get Willis or someone of equivalent talent much cheaper without giving up picks)

I could be totally wrong on this one and, for the sake of the team, I hope I am. I still have faith in the Chamblin/Taman duo as the work they have done up to this point has been better than I had hoped. They've obviously decided to go with a fast rebuild. I just hope this doesn't hurt us in the next 3-4 years when the lack of Canadian draft picks begins to show on the roster.

But, now that we have him let's hope Willis turns back into the animal that he was in his early days with Winnipeg. It would be a pleasant thing to see the stats on TSN showing a Roughrider as the league leader in sacks for a change.

Terry in Warman

GWilson26 said...

BB you are an idiot. Even if he wasn't posting sacks later in the year you can see the effort. The guy is arguably the fastest player off the ball I have ever seen and if he isn't getting sacks someone else on the DLine will be as Willis will surely face double teams.

We have a solid Canadian contingent at the moment and we retain our first over all pick.

We give up two Canadian picks which have a give chance of not playing out and get a solid proven talent and athlete. What are all you morons gonna say after he puts up 15+ sacks this year?

Good work BT, best off season this franchise has seen in a long long time.

CM said...

Like Taman's signings so far. He seems to have added a lot of pedigreed import talent, although I think he overpaid for Willis. Willis may not even be as good as some of the new import DE's in camp. Would rather have signed Aaron Hunt as a FA. he's an upgrade over Romero and we could have kept the picks. Cdn depth is critical.

In any event, can't wait to see how all this unfolds.

The Woz said...

To put it in perspective we gave up the 8th and 23 pick in the draft plus a conditional. We selected Sisco at #8 and I believe Grausnick Groh at around 23....the question to you then is would you trade Sisco and Grausnick Groh for Willis? Given the other Canadians wer have I think the answer is yes.

J FRENCH said...

No, I wouldn't trade Sisco for Willis. I haven't given up on him yet.

You don't win without your solid Canadian content. That comes via the draft. You can always hunt down quality imports, but quality Canadian content always comes from the draft.

So if he plays great, I don't mind it as much, but on paper, I don't like it at all.

3RD and 1 said...

Woz nailed it on his last post.
If you were to go through every CFL team and call up last years #8 and #23 picks. Im sure everyone of you football numb skulls would gladly have traded each of those 2 players for Willis.
To these other posts saying lets sit back and see what we have at camp... Well that was Granpa miller's idea in 2011. Look how far that took us.
As Arnold Jackson (Gary Coleman) would say...
"Whatch you talkin bout Willis"

Anonymous said...

I'm sick of the crying over two draft picks that may or may not turn out. Anyone have any names that we could draft as good as willis in 8 or 23. Don't thinks so. Give BT credit he's a lot better than I or a lot of the doubters think and proving to be a good GM coming out of Millers shadow. I would do this trade all over again and again. Go RIDERS. Its about time there is some swagger back on this team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Woz said...

Listening to some you would think we had no draft picks left! We still have our first overall, third, and fifth plus if the draft is as deep as some people think then there should be some undrafted free agents like Rob Bagg out there. That is more picks than we have had in some other years.

If we draft Heenan we could in theory trade some of our extra offensive lineman like Grausnick Groh, Clark, Neufeld, Hutchins, etc. if there is someone on the board that we really want. Or we could trade down with the first pick (although I personally want Heenan) to get extra picks. Lots of options.

You just can't pass on someone with Odell's talent and frankly I can't believe that people are upset with this trade. It is awesome and instantly improved our defence and pass rush.

Anonymous said...

People who don't like this trade are not football people or true RIDER fans. Taman just stole the show and should be in jail for Robbery! Lol.

J FRENCH said...

BTW - It isn't as simple as saying look back and see who was picked last year at those spots and would you make that trade now? It doesn't work that way. Look at Getzlaf, he was picked 5th round, 33rd overall. Lower than both the picks that just went to Winnipeg. No way you trade Getzlaf for Willis. The point is that Canadian talent always comes from the draft, and import talent comes whereever you can buy it. It isn't as simple as trading what may or maynot be good players for a proven player, unless the proven is also a Canadian.

Anonymous said...

@ J French Getting quality Canadian talent is not only done through the draft. Just look at the quality we have signed as free agents this off season in Labatte and Picard. (both proven starting Canadians). Aquiring good players is done by shrewd moves and IMO this is one (getting Willis) done by Taman.

Stewart

The Woz said...

Mr. French (from Family Affair)...you have just made my point. The draft is a crap shoot. You get a stud named Getzlaf in the 5th or get Bagg (undrafted) but you get more disappointing people like Sisco and Shomari and McCoy, etc. in the first round. So who knows what you will get? Bringing in unknown americans to fill that spot is also a crap shoot (James Sykes, etc).

So IMO we got a sure thing in Willis and gave up a couple of crapshoot picks while still keeping our first and third rounders to address Canadian depth. And Taman has also brought in a few other guys at both linebacker and DE with NFL experience to compete for the other DE spot. And Hawkins might still pan out.

Good trade for sure. We should all be excited about this.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what's in store for our RB situation now. I like West but not sure he's ready. Would like to see a Bruiser in there like JR or something

Anonymous said...

Yes, Canadian depth is critical. But picks after the first round rarely turn into anything. The draft is a real crapshoot. If we had traded away Canadians who had been developing on the roster for a couple of years and showed some potential, then I'd be less happy. Picks (especially after the first round) are less valuable than prospects.

I usually abide by the "don't trade Canadians for Americans" principle, but this is different. Willis may be the best pass rusher in the league.