Red Deer Roundup: Where will Dressler and Chick land?
This week didn’t have any shocking news like last week’s release of Weston Dressler and John Chick, but transactions were aplenty as free agency draws closer.
• The Montreal Alouettes were able to lock up some veteran leadership this week. 2015’s sack leader, John Bowman, will be staying with the Als for another year. The 33-year-old doesn’t seem to be slowing down, as he had 19 sacks last season despite not playing all 18 games.
• Montreal’s second leading receiver, Nik Lewis, will continue his future Hall of Fame career for at least one more year with the Alouettes.
• One man’s junk is another man’s treasure: While Winnipeg sent veteran offensive line-man, Dominic Picard packing, Montreal had a use for him. That line will look to help Tyrell Sutton defend his rushing title.
• Montreal has also made contact with John Chick’s camp to inquire about his services, as have Winnipeg and Hamilton.
• Winnipeg seems to be a front runner to sign Weston Dressler, too. The classic Labour Day battle is going to be interesting if both long time Roughriders end up in Winterpeg..
• It was fun while it lasted. Eric Rogers is off to the National Football League. The San Francisco 49ers will welcome his services.
• Apparently Hamilton receiver Terrell Sinkfield may be headed down south as well, according to Gary Lawless. The 25-year-old totaled 1,030 yards receiving in 2015.
• Alex Suber signed a one-day contract with Winnipeg to retire in Blue & Gold. I hope they paid him more than a loonie -- those aren’t worth much these days.
• Chris Milo has signed on for another year in Ottawa. He’ll be kicking field goals for the RedBlacks through 2017 unless he “pulls a Hajrallahu”.
• Look who’s hanging out with Chris Jones: Kory Sheets! The 2013 Grey Cup MVP is busy rehabbing an Achilles injury.
• “#WillisWednesday” is quickly becoming my favourite day of the week...
• While Dressler and Chick didn’t want to help Chris Jones get the salary issues under control in Saskatchewan, Darian Durant signed a one-year deal at a “discounted” rate as he’s also rehabbing an injured Achilles.
• Kent Austin will be Hamilton’s leader for the next four years. In three years, he’s led the TiCats to two Grey Cup appearances and one East Final that might have gone otherwise if Zach Collaros had played.
• Speaking of Collaros, it seems like his knee is healing positively.
It seems this past week *was* pretty busy after all...
– written by Travis Currah