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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CFL NOTEBOOK: NICHOLS, BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS

Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press
CFL insider Justin Dunk of 3DownNation.com reports quarterback Matt Nichols and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to a contract extension, per sources.

Sources made it known the 29-year-old was in Winnipeg for work in the community. He had been set to become a free agent in February and was considered one of the premier pivots potentially available – particularly after Saskatchewan dealt the rights to Darian Durant to the Montreal Alouettes.

Nichols made 13 starts last season going 10-3 for Winnipeg and he now has a 17-15 career record as a starter.
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WINNIPEG –  The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed international receiver Kenny Stafford to a two-year contract.

Stafford (6-3, 205, Toledo, April 20, 1990 in Columbus, OH) spent part of last season with Montreal, where in nine games he caught 16 receptions for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford’s best season came in 2015, hauling in 47 receptions for 732 yards and nine touchdowns in 18 regular season games with Edmonton. He also recorded four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown in the 2015 playoffs, helping Edmonton win the 103rd Grey Cup.

“Kenny is an experienced receiver in our league, with great athletic ability and big play capability,” said Blue Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters. “He’s got the range to go up and get the football and he’s a competitor. We’re very confident he will fit comfortably into our locker room, and are excited about what he will bring to our offence.”

Stafford has played 41 career CFL regular season games, catching 89 receptions for 1,214 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“I’m really excited to start a new chapter of my career with an organization who wants me and a fan base who is so passionate about its team,” Stafford said. “Every time I have played in Winnipeg, I’ve thought about how great the atmosphere is, and to be on the good side of it will be a great thing. This is a team on the rise with great leadership, and I’m looking forward to getting started."
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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed receiver Darvin Adams on Monday to a contract extension through the 2019 season.

The six-foot-two, 200-pound Adams was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

Adams had 51 catches for 690 yards and six touchdowns in just eight games last season. He had over 100 yards receiving in four of his 2016 contests.

"Darvin has continued to develop over the past two seasons, and in our view, is now one of the league's top-end targets,'' Winnipeg GM Kyle Walters said in a statement. "He was having a great season last year before unfortunately suffering a tough injury, but we look forward to watching him build off of his season in 2017 and beyond.''

Adams had 61 catches for 839 yards and a team-high six TDs in 2015, his first season with Winnipeg. He has 133 catches for 1,790 yards and 14 TDs in 35 career CFL games.

"This was something I wanted to get completed, and not head into free agency,'' said Adams. "This is such a great organization, and for them to want me back, with the direction the team is going, that means a lot to me.

"I couldn't be happier to be remain a Bomber.''
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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos have signed Vidal Hazelton, who joined the team's practice roster last year after being part of a wide receiver purge by Toronto.

The New York native had 27 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns in eight games for the Argonauts last season when he was cut along with Kevin Elliott, Tori Gurley and Phil Bates after a loss to Montreal.

Hazelton had a strong 2015 with Toronto with 70 receptions for 803 yards and six touchdowns and was the East Division finalist for CFL Rookie of the Year.

Prior to the CFL, Hazelton spent time with the NFL's San Diego Chargers (2011), Cincinnati Bengals (2011-12), Tennessee Titans (2012) and New York Jets (2013).
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VANCOUVER - The B.C. Lions signed rookie quarterback Alex Ross on Monday.

The six-foot-one, 205-pound Ross attended the Atlanta Falcons training camp last summer before being released.

Ross played collegiatedly at Coastal Carolina and left in 2015 as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (9,918), attempts (1,174), completions (760) and touchdowns (72).

"Alex enjoyed a very successful college career and possesses the kind of unique quarterbacking skills that make him well-suited to our game,'' Lions head coach/GM Wally Buono said in a statement. "Competition at every position on the field is critical in building a championship team and we look forward to seeing what Alex has to offer when he is up for mini-camp in April.''

(With files from The Canadian Press)

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan News... WE ARE DOOMED FOR ANOTHER YEAR OR FIVE.

Anonymous said...

Well that is one less option for Commandant Jones to recruit. Maybe Tino will be back after all...

Anonymous said...

RRay + JF coming to town. Woo wee !

Anonymous said...

TINO, TINO, TINO, TINO, TINO

Anonymous said...

Did anyone with a brain really think Nichols wasn't signing in Winnipeg?

I wonder what the reaction is going to be when the Alouettes announce Durant has signed a three year contract under very similar terms as to what the Riders were offering.

Anonymous said...

Tebow

Anonymous said...

TEBOW, TEBOW, TEBOW, TEBOW, TEBOW

Anonymous said...

Relax...Jones was not signing Nichols. He was not in the plans...
As Murphy says, its not July yet...

Anonymous said...

Would like to see at QB for Rider if possible Travis Lulay (not sure if he is on contract or coming free agent) for at least the short term, and develop someone as the season goes on. Really not much out there with experience other than Glenn. Unless Jones has something up his sleeve gonna be a long season in the new stadium.

Anonymous said...

Heyyy man... lay off mr jones, today is a love in for mr jones. peace.

Shaggy doo do

Anonymous said...

If the Riders are stupid enough to sign a retread like Lulay, Glenn, Ray or Tait, instead of keeping Durant, I will lose my $hit!!

Anonymous said...

Agreed. As the saying goes, you can't fix stupid.

Anonymous said...

Forget the fact that Lulay, Ray and Tait are retreads... Heck they are like glass. Why sign them.. Lulay and Tait have proven they can not withstand the hits. Ray, now in the twilight still is a good Qb, but no mobility and very injury prone...

At the onset this was going to be more than a 2 year rebuild... Relax, let it happen. If you thought there would be no bumps along the way... I would challenge you to look at the colour of sky in your world.

We NEED a two QB system.. If we resigned Darian, well it would be repeating the past with no hope for the future development.

Everyone wants to see a Canadian QB in this league... Let's see what Bridge has

The Sky is NOT Falling... There will be a tomorrow...

If you don't want to support the riders because of this... Well, that is your choice. But there are others waiting behind you who will take your place.

Cory

Anonymous said...

I was really hoping for Nichols. Maybe Jones can find the next Dak Prescot. No one expected him to be as good as he was. Give the next guy an o-line and a running back, who knows.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so a couple things here that need to be said...

Riders offered DD up to 400k including incentives. The incentives were just for actually playing. He didn't even have to play good. Just not get injured and play.

Most of the Riders brass knew this wasn't happening back in October/November. DD was not signing. He even said good-bye to a lot of the support staff (trainers, equipment guys) that was in a way, a real good-bye. He took equipment and other things, that he normally doesn't take.

DD is not a mentor to the other young QB's. This is just a fact. Jones didn't like this and also didn't like the fact that DD wanted all the reps, with the starters, in practice. That rubbed a lot of guys the wrong way, including teammates. When he was injured, he held the team hostage all week, not making a decision on whether he could play.

He was going to be a FA in February and the Riders knew this months ago.

I didn't say the above to make DD out to be a bad guy, more-so just showing that sometimes, you do things that don't fit into the way things are done by those in charge.

Jones is in charge and he isn't going anywhere.



Anonymous said...

I agree, he knew he was not coming back. Just look at the pic of him at his web site, of him at the closing ceremonies at Mozaic. Look at his facial expression, that is the face of a man who knows its over.

Anonymous said...

Sources? Sounds like a bunch of nothing to me. Prove that your comments are "fact".

Check Brandon Bridges comments on DD from a story right here on this blog, or Paul Woldu's comments from yesterdays sportscage about DD as a leader.

Ill take their word over yours, thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

To the last anon.
Wow, you know more than Arash Madani and Farhan Lalji combined. I'm sure every word id true too.

Your new fan

Anonymous said...

You talk so much uninformed crap it's not funny...only Durant made the decision if he was playing or not, not a bloody chance that the coach or GM didn't have anything to say on this or medical staff if he was knicked up...also for getting reps in practice is up to the coaching staff so if he demanded it and they let him then that is there stupidity for letting it happening. Quit trying to make a player look horrible to make a situation and yourself feel warm at night.

Anonymous said...

Check out the Montreal Alouette's website - their top header is now a photo of Durant above their stadium in an Al's uniform!!

Anonymous said...

It has to seem very probable that the Riders will swing one more deal with the Als for one of their QB's, Cato or Adams Jr., and the key to the Riders achieving the deal will be the inclusion of Canadian receiver Robb Bagg for Canadian receiver Sam Giguere. That would complete the purge.

Anonymous said...

Riders will recycle a retread like Henry or Glenn when there are no more clean sheets for the bed in that fancy new stadium this year.

Anonymous said...

Don't care about Durant. He is gone.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we could throw in all the Jones haters too. That would be awesome.

Anonymous said...

Rob Bagg is gonna retire without his bud Darian here. That will complete the purge!

Anonymous said...

Volunteering to quit on one's own by way of retirement, as you are suggesting, does not fit the definition of 'purge'. So try again little buddy....