Realty One



Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Maurice Price
Saskatchewan Roughriders Assistant V.P. of Player Personnel John Murphy appeared on 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Monday to discuss the day's moves in Riderville.  Here are some of his quotes:


JM:  I'd known Derrius from our time together in Calgary and knew he was in the midst of making the choice of waiting till the spring with the NFL or the CFL.  I think his momentum was swinging more towards the CFL in recent times.  Derrius suffered a major loss when his home had a fire in the fall so he pretty much lost everything he had.  During that period in talking to him about life, I said when he's 100% that I'd like to work him out.  It was more of a personal thing when the time was right and that's a position we thought could use some re-tooling.  Derrius has played three positions in the CFL in only two seasons.  He has good ball skills, is aggressive and doesn't mind chipping in on being a tackler which is a scheme that Chris Jones uses.

I think that's one thing you've seen through Chris's defenses is that his DBs are very aggressive and chip in against the run.  Derrius was also a very good special teams player for us in Calgary so all of those things match up well for what we were looking for.  To have the opportunity to grab him and solidify that position before free agency, we did it.


JM:  A year ago we were on the other end in Calgary of sending Mo Price to Ottawa and they were looking to add some offensive weapons.  Like we discussed a few weeks ago, to add a piece you have to move a piece.  Ottawa made some other moves and has a number of free agents to deal with and moving Mo likely helped them in other areas.  We look at Mo Price as an asset.  He's a very good veteran wide receiver who just a year or two ago was a top 10 receiver in the league.  He's a guy that played both outside positions and also slot for Calgary.  For what he did last year, the most important part for us was that he played every game and finished the season healthy.

For Ottawa, down the stretch, he had some productive games and you could still see what you needed to see athletically from him.  Whoever you spoke to in Ottawa, when you watched the film, those were the plays that were left on the field last year; if Henry connected with Mo on some of those throws, he'd have thrown for 6,000 yards.  You saw that his legs are still there, he'll be coming here with a chip on his shoulder and we know what kind of smarts he has.  He has versatility and willingness to do that and we never heard anything publicly or privately about him complaining about not being used in the offense in a certain way.  He helped his team to the playoffs and has done that every year he's been in the league.


JM:  When you have conversations and know people, we have relationships with Maurice Price plus his representatives.  We weren't the only team in the mix to get him, and the same thing with Derrius Brooks.  A lot of things came into play including the coaching staff wanting these guys.  It also boils down to these guys wanting to be here.  Derrius selected Saskatchewan over other teams and I'm very confident that it'll be win-win for Maurice Price and the Riders.  Pricetags will always be dealt with.  With the salary cap, if you have a good deal, it's subject to change.  If you don't have a good deal, it's really subject to change, and if you want to be somewhere you'll adjust appropriately.  If you're looking for the max deal, there's eight other teams you can go play for.


JM:  There are a lot of good players but unfortunately they'll be playing in another "F.L."!  And I don't mean Florida.  I don't even know what players are neg'd with CFL teams but could you imagine how the Clemson quarterback would look on a CFL field?  That's an exciting player, no doubt.  That'll be the most interesting part of it -- Alabama's defenses have struggled with a mobile quarterback who can beat you with his arm and his legs.  I'd like to see something new and different so I'd like to see Clemson win, but also living in the area code of 504 (New Orleans), if you cheer for Alabama they'll kick you out of the state!


Anonymous said...

Does anybody know what price contract is how much per year

Anonymous said...

I really like the Derrius Brooks signing. We need talented DBs now and they are tough to find

Anonymous said...

"could you imagine how the Clemson quarterback would look on a CFL field? That's an exciting player (QB), no doubt."

Yes I can imagine how an excellent Clemson QB would look like in a Rider uniform. In fact, I had Saskatchewan Roughrider season tickets and watched a whole season of it years ago. Former Clemson Tiger and National Championship winner Homer Jordan definitely brought the hype at one time... unfortunately not much more.... But it was still fun to watch...

Kel in Victoria

Anonymous said...

A 30 year old guy that is supposed to be a speed guy - dream on, his reputation is a guy who has the drops !!!!!!

This lined up with a 5'10" DB that no one else wanted and the other signings by Jones are really a joke. None of them will matter one bit and are a waste of time. Jones is desperate and just spinning his wheels.

And for all of you O'Day haters his signing of the Canadians by him are the only ones that make a positive difference for the Riders. At least O'Day knows what he is doing.

Anonymous said...

Eskies are 2015 Grey Cup Champs riders are 3-15

Anonymous said...

Edmonton Moes 4-14 in 2013. Riders GC Champs!!!!

Just as relevant in 2016 as the 2015 results.

Anonymous said...

Edmonton Moes 4-14 in 2013. Riders GC Champs!!!!

Just as relevant in 2016 as the 2015 results.

Anonymous said...

"A 5'10" DB that no one else wanted."

Prove it.

"We weren't the only team in the mix to get him, and the same thing with Derrius Brooks."

"Derrius selected Saskatchewan over other teams."

Anonymous said...

Listened to the podcast. Why was Remple hosting?