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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ESKS TRADE JAMES FRANKLIN TO ARGOS

TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts announced Monday that the team has acquired quarterback James Franklin and a third-round selection in the 2018 CFL Draft from the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for Canadian offensive lineman Mason Woods.

Franklin, a 6-2, 225-pound native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has dressed for 52 games in three years with the Eskimos. In 12 appearances, the University of Missouri product has completed 116-of-176 pass attempts for 1,449 yards, 12 touchdowns and just one interception while rushing for 145 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.
In his lone career start, a Week 20 showdown with the Argos in 2016, the 26-year old pivot completed 18-of-23 attempts for 335 yards and four touchdowns.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Conditional? any chance Franklin still makes Free Agency? that would be very interesting.

Anonymous said...

Brandon bridge will put way more people in the stands in Toronto. Watch for a second upcoming trade or the ridership the rights to bridge to Toronto for the rights to Franklin.

Anonymous said...

To whoever argued with me stating this would not happen and wait for free agency...the proof is in the pudding and made my day knowing the riders will not be seeing his services.

Anonymous said...

And so it begins...

Anonymous said...

Guess the Franklin to the Riders discussion is over.

Anonymous said...

Shocker???? Maybe in Regina. Why would the Eskimos trade his rights to a Western club??? For all you Rider guys who still think he'll wait for free agency to sign with Jones, give your heads a shake. He goes to a team with a noted QB guru, Trestman. Argos will coax Ray back to mentor him & work his way into coaching, which is what he wants to do. Perfect situation. Rod, you can cue the conspiracy theories again. Franklin may be the next great young QB & TO is the perfect stage for him & the CFL. This was very predictable. His rights weren't going to a Western team.

Anonymous said...

SHOCKER ???? just professional football business, Argos wont sign "Franklin the free agent." He's seriously being courted by NFL intetests. He's up for grabs to the highest bidder, north or south of the border. Not a SHOCKER (only in Riderville) as everyone knows he's a free agent and he'll to do what's best for himself moving forward.

Anonymous said...

Sweet deal for both sides. Sorry Rider fans.... no Franklin for you!!!

Bradford Kruger said...

Nothing is on paper yet. I expect Franklin to wait for free agency.

Morgan said...

Oh my oh No!!! Another costly personnel loss for the struggling Eskimos! The basement will look good on you fools in 2018!

Anonymous said...

Guess we won't be seeing Franklin in Green and White anytime soon!

Anonymous said...

WoW thats news!

Franklin contract will be reworked or will he still be a F.A.?

Seriously hoping that B.B. resigns with us!

Go Riders

Anonymous said...

Riders better sign Bridge now or go after Harris.

Anonymous said...

Well now we can put that one to rest. I'm sure if Toronto has gone this far they will try very hard to sign him as well.

Anonymous said...

Not so shocking really. The EE’s do not want him in the western conference.
The Argo’s still have to sign him. If RR retires, they will have the salary cap available to do that.

Scott Thompson said...

Whoa Nelly! This changed things! Better get Bridge signed ASAP!

Anonymous said...

Going to be an interesting off season. Hang on to your hats ladies.

Anonymous said...

actually its the stamps who should be the most worried about their QB situation. BLM has declined in skill and they have no qualified back up. That was proven last season on both accounts. Stamp fans who read this site wont like this but its true.

Handy Andy said...

Not REALLY a shocker ... This is a good trade for Edmonton as Franklin was not going to stay with the Eskimos unless they traded Mike Reilly and made JF the starter. My questions is will Franklin sign with Toronto or wait until Free Agency begins in February to see what else is out there for offers?
I'd love to see him in green and white in 2018.

Willie said...

Oh Oh.... No Franklin, probably No Bridge, now what the hell is Mr. Jones going to come up with? It will have to be awful good because Glenn will not finish the season here next year , that is if he even starts it. We could be in BIG trouble without a good starting QB.

Anonymous said...

If the Argos can sign him up for 2018 for the big dollars he will need, then Riders need to make a play for Ricky Ray.

Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so, Joe !!!

Well Riderville fans. Did you really think he would be traded to the Riders? I didn't. Time to move on.

Time will tell if he is a CFL QB or not. Never saw so much hype about a backup.

Anonymous said...

FUUNY…..all this trade did was give Toronto a little extra time to negotiate with Franklin. He may be exploring NFL opportunities and for sure he will be listening to all offers when he become a free agent. Unless Ray retires they won't have the money to sign him. He didn't wait three years not to get the money he wants...

Tinhead 296 said...

Wow. I guess Eskimos help Argos once again. At least they were smart enough not to trade his rights to a western opponent. I guess Chris Jones has to go to plan B whatever it may be.

Anonymous said...

As an Eskies fan I'm sad to lose him to the Grey Cup Champ argooos even more Pumped that he won't be coming to the 4 th place riders,Eskies get another monster sized O-lineman 6 ft 9 and 324 lbs to protect Reilly along side 6 ft 11 Matt Odonell, looking good for the 2018 Grey Cup Champs Eskies winning it at home.

Anonymous said...

I love Mike Reilly but now I hope he gets hurt on play 1 of the first game and is out for the year. Then we'll see how smug these Esks are.

Anonymous said...

Go Crazy Sask, celebrate, go crazy!

Anonymous said...

Personnel loss for the Esks...my lord some are dumb. Who didn't know Franklin was on the move no matter what at season's end...great move by the Esks to get a 329 pound Canadian O-line that is 23.

Anonymous said...

Now that is real good sportsmanship, that is. Ideally, I would like to see everyone stay healthy. It makes for much better games when the best players are on the field.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see fans of the riders would wish that players health go south just to make it tough on a team...what an ignorant comment and fan. I can't wait until Reilly rolls into sask and makes you eat your words bud. Guess that is just the jealousy because the Green and Gold hold the best Qb in the league. For those saying Reilly is injury prone I also have this stat for you...Reilly in the 5 years playing with the Esks has played 87% of his games.

Anonymous said...

Esks don't have a back up...actually just take a look at the signing straight after the trade...Esks sign Eli Jenkins...very good prospect, kind of a Masoli type guy

Anonymous said...

Meh...what has he actually done in this league.

Anonymous said...

The Eskimos followed the trade announcement by announcing the signing of a hot young QB prospect. Maybe they have a plan, I envy them.

Anonymous said...

Still thinking Franklin will sit around for free agency JUST to sign with the Riders - as if they are the ONLY team worthy. How desperate are you? So when he signs with Toronto, what then? You don't seriously think Popp is going to trade Franklin for Bridge???? All that shows is you think Franklin is better than Bridge- which he is. Isn't going to happen. Time for Plan B.

Anonymous said...

Franklin? Backed up Reilly who couldn’t make the nfl

Thrown about 100 passes in three years

I’m a ride fan but sometimes it’s embarrassing how so many fans anoint the backup of the week as the next Doug flutie

Sheesh.....frankly, Franklin has done squat!!

Maybe he will be the next Great One but I have seen nothing yet to make me believe that.

Anonymous said...

Way too much made of Franklin. He may be a great QB but does anyone really know. Still a crap shoot.

Anonymous said...

It's funny to see the rider fans mention that he won't sign in Toronto because the fans don't care to show up in the seats...just so you know I would bet right now he wants to just be a starter where ever it is so he can get a chance at the NFL. He wants the NFL and every fan that knows him understands this so don't go with he wants to play for the fans...he wants to get a shot at the NFL plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

So Jones didn't have a master planat QB after all. More KG next year. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Only Ricky Ray will decide who is the Argo's starting QB next year.
LF

Anonymous said...

TOR wouldn't have went after him unless they were confident they could sign him and probably already had some sort of offer ready to go. Franklin knows that Ray will retire this year or next which will make him the starter. If he stayed in EDM he would sit on the bench for another 5 years or more. Talented players like Franklin want to play!! Not sit around. He would sign with MTL if he new he was going to be the starter next year. EDM was going to lose him to FA, so why not trade and get something for him. Smart move by the ESKIES, and smart move by Franklin by telling the ESKS upfront he's not re-signing.

Anonymous said...

I don't see anyone saying he won't sign because of the lack of fans. Also news flash every player in te league wants to start and also make the NFL. If they don't want that why would they even play. This is a dumb comment plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

Rider fans have said it...may not have said it on here but it has been stated. Also you Rider fans have called players and coaches sell outs to go for the money in the NFL rather then stay with the Riders and that I have read that over and over through threads on here so it isn't a dumb comment because I am actually stating a fact.

Morgan said...

To the cry baby Eskimos fans commenting on this blog who are whining about poor sportsmanship and idiotic comments... this is too much hahahahaha! The irony is insane! You fools have done that since you found out about this blog and decided to invade it and troll the true football fans of Saskatchewan. The abrasive and mean spirited comments are directed 100 percent at you and they are well deserved. If you can't take your own medicine then shut up, get out and find your own blog! Jones isn't coming back to your Eskimos any time soon so please quit your crying and harassment! You guys are headed back to the basement where you belong and are just trying to take people with you!

Morgan said...

It's hilarious to hear idiots like you cry about lack of sportsmanship. Idiots like you have brought out the worst in the fans on this blog. You deserve all of the negativity that comes your way. The very fact that you're trolling another team's blog proves my point.

Anonymous said...

Keep Jones I am glad he isn't with Edmonton. The so called whining involved also isn't whining...just because you can't handle facts isn't my problem. We also do have a blog but when I see the Eskies symbol and players off my team on any site it draws attention to read so maybe if this is just a rider site then ask Rod to keep it about the riders only. I promise if it's only showing rider info I would never bother reading here again.

Anonymous said...

Also on the Esks blog we do only post and talk about our team or upcoming games...we do not post pictures or write ups do to other teams but we still get rider and stamps fans over there and welcome fans outside the team to discuss opinions as long as it stays proper and that does happen also. You say we bring out the worst in fans here...no actually you call anyone outside your team a troll and act rudely towards us no matter if we do have fact or try and discuss proper...very arrogant and riderish.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the anonymous Esks poster above.......you can keep Jones, we don't want him anyway......once a cheater always a cheater....

And this is not purely a Riders blog as so many of you think. It is a SPORTS blog and there are articles about all kinds of sports. Don't agree?? Look at the very top of the website page...."Rodpedersen.com......twice voted Canada's #1 SPORTS blog. So although it is based in Saskatchewan, it belongs to ALL of Canada.

If you can't handle an Esks fan posting on here, maybe you should be watching cartoons instead.

Morgan said...

You're constant spitting on the riders and arrogant comments are not welcome here. This is a pro riders blog yet you show up here and run your mouth like a high school punk about how great the Eskimos are and how bad the Riders are completely without logic or reason. You are the very definition of a troll and deserve all of the negativity that you get!

Morgan said...

They're accusing rider fans of having poor sportsmanship when they show up here and bash our team without reason or logic. If you can't see thay then you're a complete moron. Why else do you think these arrogant tools hide behind an anonymous tag? Complete cowardice.

Anonymous said...

Morgan.......your tv is calling. SpongeBob squarepants is on......

Anonymous said...

What does it matter on what tag you have...if the comment is alright who cares. You must have a lot of logic calling people morons...that kind of talking usually associates with poor sportsmanship and bashing something or someone as your doing. Anything negative that is proper or not about the riders you call bashing. Mature up bud.

Anonymous said...

Also Morgan you have called people fools, idiots, morons and even a high school punk on here but yet you say others are being poor sports and bashing. You sound very intelligent talking like that but it probably is just because your behind a keyboard...keyboard warrior it is.

Morgan said...

I'm responding to negativity with negativity. If you can't take a dose of your own medicine then go find another blog to corrupt.

Morgan said...

At least I can post with a name and not "anonymous". I would gladly say all of this stuff to your face in real life. I have zero respect for trolls like you with egos the size of Alberta. You disgust me

Anonymous said...

Blah blah blah

Morgan said...

Are you the same Eskimos idiot from before... how would I know? ... anonymous. Little baby.