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« on: February 08, 2020, 06:12:13 AM »

This thread will be opportunity to discuss free agency signings/transaction by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Thread will be unlocked on February 11th - the start of free agency.

In the meantime, the following is an article by Ed Tait setting up free agency for the Blue Bombers:

Setting Up Free Agency - Ed Tait


It's a position the Winnipeg Blue Bombers haven't been in since, well, seemingly forever. And it's a perspective they most certainly would like to enjoy for a spell.

The crazy offseason talent carousel that is Canadian Football League free agency officially begins at 11 a.m. on February 11th, and how the Bombers approach the market in wake of the franchise's 11th Grey Cup championship will be more than a little intriguing.

WHO'S BACK

The Bombers began the CFL offseason with the fewest pending free agents in the league at 24. Since then they've re-signed quarterback Zach Collaros, left tackle Stanley Bryant, right tackle Jermarcus Hardrick, guard Patrick Neufeld, wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky, defensive backs Mercy Maston and Nick Taylor and defensive tackle Jake Thomas ? all starters ? as well as running back Johnny Augustine and receiver/returner Charles Nelson.

WHO'S PENDING

There's still time for players to sign before the market opens on Tuesday, but the remaining Bombers who are scheduled to become free agents are defensive ends Willie Jefferson and Craig Roh, wide receiver Darvin Adams, centre Michael Couture, defensive backs Chandler Fenner, Derek Jones and Jeff Hecht, linebackers Korey Jones and Thomas Miles and defensive tackle Drake Nevis.

Adams and Nevis started in the 107th Grey Cup - Hecht, Miles and both Derek and Korey Jones dressed as reserves - while Couture and Roh were on the injured list and Fenner was listed on the roster but did not suit up.

THE QB PICTURE

The Bombers ended 2019 with just one of their four quarterbacks - rookie Sean McGuire - under contract for 2020, and Collaros, Matt Nichols and Chris Streveler all scheduled to become free agents. Chris Streveler signed this week with the Arizona Cardinals and after the club made the 'gut-wrenching' decision to commit to Collaros, Nichols has landed in Toronto with the Argonauts.

The salary committed to Collaros, reportedly in the $450,000 range, and the price of trying to keep a championship squad intact means adding another veteran QB might be too tight a squeeze financially.

After all, a Bombers' football brain trust hasn't been here since the winter of 1990-91 and the steps the club makes to both keep a championship squad intact while tinkering with the roster and dealing with exits to the NFL will make for a different challenge for GM Kyle Walters & Co.

We will post a free agent primer on Monday, but in the meantime here are the key questions/issues the club is juggling as the free agent signing period nears...

THE WILLIE WATCH

Defensive end Wilie Jefferson - the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player last year - is atop many free agent wish lists and he's undoubtedly been swamped with offers during the league's new negotiating window.

Jefferson's decision could affect the Bombers? initial free agency, as the organization clearly wants him to return but also has to hold back committing to or moving on from his salary until they get an answer from the defensive game changer.

WAIT... WHAT IS THE CFL'S NEW NEGOTIATING WINDOW?


In an attempt to counter the tampering that existed in the weeks before free agency in past years, the CFL's new collective bargaining agreement calls for a window that will allow teams to communicate with pending free agents prior to the market opening.

The week-long market opened on February 2nd and closes at 11 a.m. this Sunday.

During that time, teams can make formal offers to players, with the base salary and bonuses/incentives all then submitted to CFL headquarters and the CFL Players Association. Once that window closes teams then have 48 hours to exclusively negotiate with their pending free agents while knowing what offers are already on the table. A player then has the opportunity to select any offer prior before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, or then become a free agent.

Read the rest of Ed Tait's article here!
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 05:43:14 AM »

Thread is now open for discussion.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2020, 03:20:14 PM »

From Darrin Bauming - GM Kyle Walters doesn't anticipate needing to make cuts or trades in order to shed salary, but most of their cap space is now used up. Unlikely to be a busy day of adds for Winnipeg - they'll look at a veteran defensive back.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2020, 03:23:15 PM »

Have ta admit... in years passed, this day was HUGE and following Dunk and @3DownNation was necessary.  Today, thanks to the Canadian Mafia, I'm good.  Anything new is bonus.  #ForTheW
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2020, 03:24:57 PM »

This is one of the slowest free agency days that I can remember.  Think the negotiation window has impacted free agency Frenzy?
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2020, 03:30:04 PM »

This is one of the slowest free agency days that I can remember.  Think the negotiation window has impacted free agency Frenzy?

I think the problem is the "haves" (Hamilton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Sask, Montreal, and Edm) have locked up everything they "need" upfront, and the remnant are loading up on whatever's left.  It's hard to get excited when you have the Bombers, Stamps, Riders, and Cats saying they won't be doing much, and there's a limit to what will fix Toronto, Ottawa, or BC.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2020, 03:37:14 PM »

This is one of the slowest free agency days that I can remember.  Think the negotiation window has impacted free agency Frenzy?

It's not noon yet....
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2020, 03:51:48 PM »

This is one of the slowest free agency days that I can remember.  Think the negotiation window has impacted free agency Frenzy?

FA doesn't open for another 9 minutes as of this posting. 12 ET.
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2020, 03:52:22 PM »

DB Josh Johnson heading to the Bombers according to Naylor

That is a great signing.
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2020, 03:53:00 PM »

DB Josh Johnson heading to the Bombers according to Naylor

Who the heck is Josh Johnson
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2020, 03:54:08 PM »

Who the heck is Josh Johnson

Played for Edmonton...he is good
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2020, 03:54:48 PM »

DB Josh Johnson heading to the Bombers according to Naylor

That is a great signing.

Saw Johnson coming to the Bombers, thought it was Micah....
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2020, 03:55:00 PM »

Interesting signing, Johnson... should mean a very competitive TC for the DB crew...  Walters has been amazing at picking up DBs that are great value, hopefully this is another hit.

Waiting on the Miles signing... and that would finish everything with a cherry.

Who the heck is Josh Johnson


@DarrinBauming9m
Naylor with the report on the name I floated out on @AftnRide1290
 yesterday ? Johnson is a physical cover man entering his eighth pro season, most recently with the #Esks. #Bombers
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2020, 03:56:19 PM »

Who the heck is Josh Johnson
I second that
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2020, 03:56:50 PM »

Can't go wrong with a solid, proven DB. Nice signing.
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