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Where is Tajh Boyd headed? (Hamilton? Saskatchewan?)

By the end of this week, we could be seeing another NCAA star head north to play in the CFL. 

Tajh Boyd threw for 11,904 yards and 107 touchdowns (both league records) over 47 games with the Clemson Tigers in four seasons. He also showed off his mobility in rushing for over 1,100 yards during his time with Clemson – a skill that is highly regarded as one necessary for success for a CFL quarterback.

The 24-year-old quarterback, drafted in the sixth round by the New York Jets in 2014, was most recently released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. As we wait for him to have his passport in hand, we wonder if he’ll end up in Hamilton, as the Tiger-Cats own his negotiating rights.

Adding to the mystery was a Bleacher Report article stating that Boyd would be going to the Saskatchewan Roughriders; this information has now been disputed.

Conflicting reports galore with this one! It’s no question that Boyd is well-suited for the Canadian game, but does signing in Hamilton help the TiCats or Boyd? Zach Collaros is a bona fide star in this league; Boyd would therefore just be waiting for an injury to *ever* have a shot in Hamilton.

I’m not sure a trade to Saskatchewan really makes sense, either. Quarterback isn’t exactly a problem position for the Riders these days, despite injuries to Darian Durant and Kevin Glenn. Brett Smith is holding down the fort quite admirably and, at 0-8, why not let the kid start the rest of the season and really get more experience under his belt? With an open competition between Smith and Durant looming next season, I don’t see a path to playing time for Boyd with the Roughriders.

Either way, it’s awesome to see a football player with Boyd’s pedigree look to Canada without hesitation: It just speaks to the quality and growing reputation of the Canadian Football League across North America.

– written by Travis Currah