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Red Deer Roundup: Jones on fire, Popp under pressure

Free agency is open and the release of the CFL schedule is right around the corner. It’s February, but the CFL news is fast and furious. Welcome to another Friday and another Red Deer Roundup!

•  Ahh ... something else to analyze when the free agent signings slow down:

•  Thanks to CFLpass, Nik Lewis and I have reconciled. Best of luck this season, Nik!

•  Labour Day is going to be so much fun this year. Dressler, Smith and Harris in Winnipeg and Owens in Hamilton? The countdown to September is on.

•  It’s an open competition at running back in BC when training camp opens: Anthony Allen and Jeremiah Johnson have both been signed. That’s old school Wally for you.

•  I guess Winnipeg had enough of Liram Hajrallahu, eh? Justin Medlock should fix the Bombers’ field goal issues…

•  Chris Jones has already been busy bringing CFL free agents to Regina, but he’s also lured John Chiles. Chiles had 1,200 yards receiving over two years with Toronto before heading down South. He’ll add some size and speed as Chris Jones’ prototypical wide receiver.

•  Jones also traded a 4th round pick in next year’s CFL draft for Calgary’s defensive back Tevaughn Campbell – yet another defensive player for Chris Jones to mold.

•  Jacques Chapdelaine has joined Montreal’s coaching staff as their wide receiver coach and special advisor to the offensive coordinator. I didn’t even know that was a thing.

•  Seattle must be into CFL players. Jeff Fuller from Calgary and Cameron Marshall from Winnipeg are reportedly joining the Seahawks.

•  And Swayze Waters is a Carolina Panther. Cross him off the list of one of the greatest names in the CFL.

•  Former Chargers defensive lineman Vaughn Martin is now an Alouette. Montreal GM/head coach Jim Popp needs some of these signings to work ... or else.

So that’s one more Roundup down, and one more week closer to June…

– written by Travis Currah