Tuesday, January 10, 2017
LIONS, REDBLACKS RAVAGED BY NFL SIGNINGS
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound outside linebacker had 29 sacks and 83 tackles in 50 games with the BC Lions. Last season, Bazzie had 11 sacks in 18 games and was a West Division All-Star.
With Indy's career leader in sacks, Robert Mathis, retiring and last season's sacks leader, Erik Walden, set to become a free agent, the Colts need pass rushers. Walden and Mathis combined for 16 of the team's 33 sacks in 2016.
Indy has had mixed results with CFL players.
Linebacker Jerrell Freeman became a key starter before leaving for Chicago last March. A one-year experiment with receiver Duron Carter did not work out.
There are reports that returner Anthony Gaitor - who was granted an early release along with Bazzie by the B.C. Lions on Monday - has signed with the New Orleans Saints. Last month the Saints signed star Lions linebacker Adam Bighill and the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly signed Lions punter Richie Leone.
Meanwhile the Philadelphia Eagles have announced they've signed defensive back Mitchell White, who spent the past two years with the Ottawa RedBlacks. Ottawa DB Jeff Richards has signed with the Carolina Panthers and teammate Forrest Hightower has joined the Saints.
The Eskimos have been ravaged too, with linebacker Deon Lacey signing with the Miami Dolphins and receiver Derrel Walker joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The top three Rider free agents who are expected to garner the most NFL interest are linebackers Jeff Knox Jr. and Otha Foster and defensive end Willie Jefferson however so far there's no news on that front.
(With files from the Associated Press)