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RotoWire AnalysisHarris tied for the league lead with 30 touchdown passes and finished fourth with 4,679 passing yards, even though he missed a few games due to a shoulder injury. The quarterback will look to lead the Redblacks to the next level in 2018 after falling to Saskatchewan in the Eastern Semi-Final this November.
RotoWire AnalysisWilliams signed with the Lions as a free agent in February, but struggled to find form with his new club. After missing the first six games of the season while recovering from offseason knee surgery, Williams made his debut in August and played in nine games, compiling 415 yards and a touchdown on 38 receptions. The 30-year-old eclipsed 1,000 yards and five touchdowns in each of his four CFL seasons prior to 2017, so he'll be a popular rebound candidate in 2018, assuming he stays healthy.
RotoWire AnalysisGable will now be with the Eskimos through 2019. He excelled for Edmonton after being acquired in a trade from Hamilton back in October, compiling 367 and two touchdowns on 72 carries and adding another 99 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions. He also rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in a pair of playoff games. Look for him to continue to serve as the team's leading back next season.
RotoWire AnalysisLanglais will return to the Stampeders for a fourth season. The fullback didn't carry the ball at all in 2017, though he caught three passes for 30 yards.
RotoWire AnalysisJenkins signed with the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL after going undrafted in 2017, though he was released prior to training camp. The 23-year-old played college football at Jacksonville State, where he racked up 7,652 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and 27 interceptions to go along 3,796 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback. The Eskimos just traded James Franklin to the Argonauts, so look for Jenkins to step in as Mike Reilly's backup.
RotoWire AnalysisArceneaux, who was eligible to enter free agency in February, will instead return to the Lions for the 2018 season. The veteran wideout brought in 100 catches for 1,137 yards and six touchdowns last season.
RotoWire AnalysisFranklin is set to become a free agent Feb. 13, but as a result of the deal, the team will have exclusive negotiating rights up until that point. While the 26-year-old tossed just 19 passes last season while serving as Mike Reilly's backup, he's viewed as one of the more promising quarterbacks around the league. If he signs with the Argos before hitting free agency, that may signal the end of Ricky Ray's 16-year CFL career, as Franklin is a favorite to start under center wherever he winds up next year.
RotoWire AnalysisNeal will return to the Tiger-Cats after spending the final few weeks of the 2017 season on the team's practice squad. He's spent parts of the past three seasons in the NFL but didn't appear in any regular season games. He did appear in 11 preseason contests, however, racking up 114 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
RotoWire AnalysisJohnson will join the Tiger-Cats after spending the last four years in the NFL. He played in just six NFL games -- all back in 2014 with the Jaguars -- making one start and accumulating 86 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.
RotoWire AnalysisEvans, who attended training camp with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles prior to the 2017 season, spent the final month of the season on Hamilton's practice roster. He played his entire college career at the University of Tulsa, appearing in 46 games and completing 904 of his 1,577 attempts for 11,680 yards, 84 touchdowns and 47 interceptions.
RotoWire AnalysisThe 27-year-old will be back with the Redblacks for another two seasons after posting career-best rushing numbers in 2017 (21 carries for 133 yards). Gillanders could be in line for an expanded role next season, though that will likely depend on Ottawa's remaining offseason moves (fellow running backs William Powell and Mossis Madu are pending free agents).
RotoWire AnalysisSinopoli has spent the past three seasons with Ottawa, and will continue to be a vital part of the Redblacks' aerial attack after signing this new two-year contract. In 2017, he caught 91 passes for 1,009 yards and three touchdowns.
RotoWire AnalysisComing off his fourth Grey Cup victory, Ray said that he's considering retiring after his 16 season CFL career. The 38-year-old quarterback threw for 5,546 yards and 28 touchdowns last season.
RotoWire AnalysisFlanders will return to the team for a third straight season, and is set to remain a key contributor in the offensive attack. During the 2017 campaign, he rushed for 254 yards on 48 carries, and caught 26 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns in 10 contests.
RotoWire AnalysisThe versatile running back didn't log any rushing touches, but his contributions in the passing game were important to the Grey Cup win. Cross caught two-point conversion passes after James Wilder's third-quarter two-yard touchdown run and Cassius Vaughn's 109-yard touchdown fumble return, with the latter knotting the game at 24 with 4:35 remaining. The 24-year-old saw only two carries all season, but he was a pleasant surprise through the air with 36 receptions for 366 yards and five touchdowns. He'll likely serve in a similar capacity while also helping clear running lanes for backfield mate James Wilder, Jr. in 2018.
RotoWire AnalysisGreen's receiving yardage total checked in second behind DeVier Posey on the evening for the Argonauts, and one of his catches was a key 10-yard grab on what would be Toronto's game-winning drive. A Grey Cup championship was a fitting way to cap off what was an auspicious season for Green, one that saw him post high-water marks in receptions (104) and receiving yardage (1,462) while also notching double-digit touchdowns for the third time in his storied career. Looking ahead to 2018, the 32-year-old should remain an important piece of the prolific Toronto passing attack.
RotoWire AnalysisPosey officially got the Argonauts' offense going on the afternoon in sensational fashion by notching a Grey Cup-record 100-yard touchdown reception on the opening play of the second quarter. Posey got a step down the left sideline on the play and hauled in the throw from Ricky Ray at the Toronto 44-yard line before taking it another 66 yards to the house for the score. The spectacular play helped lead to a well-deserved Grey Cup MVP award for the second-year CFL wideout, who wrapped up the regular season with career bests in receptions (52), receiving yards (744) and touchdowns (seven). Only 27 years old, Posey is likely entering the prime of his career, rendering him a pivotal part of the Argonauts' efforts to defend their championship in 2018.
RotoWire AnalysisThe standout running back was surprisingly stonewalled for the majority of the contest, with his two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter the one bright spot of his afternoon. Despite the underwhelming finish to his season, Wilder was quite the revelation for the Argonauts in 2017 as an outstanding dual threat out of the backfield, ripping off a quartet of 100-yard rushing efforts and posting five games with at least seven receptions. Given the ability he displayed when entrusted with lead-back duties this season, Wilder shapes up as a major cog of the Toronto offense in 2018, particularly if quarterback Ricky Ray opts to call it a career this offseason.
RotoWire AnalysisThe ageless veteran capped off a record-setting season with an outstanding comeback effort to secure his CFL-record fourth Grey Cup championship. Despite the frigid weather and top-ranked Stampeders defense making matters difficult throughout most of the contest, Ray was able to step up with some impact plays when it mattered, firing a 100-yard touchdown pass to DeVier Posey on the first play of the second quarter and eventually leading Toronto down the field with four completions to set up Lirim Hajrullahu's go-ahead 32-yard field-goal attempt with 53 seconds remaining, a kick that would prove to be the difference in the contest. Ray was also able to convert a couple of key two-point opportunities with passes to running back Declan Cross, the second which knotted the game at 24 following Cassius Vaughn's record 109-yard fumble recovery touchdown return. The championship win caps off Ray's 16th CFL campaign in fine fashion, one in which he threw for a career-best 5,546 yards. The victory would be a fitting way to cap off a surefire Hall of Fame career, but it remains to be seen if Ray will opt to return for a 17th season in 2018 and spearhead the Argonauts' defense of their title.
RotoWire AnalysisAdeleke left Sunday's Western Final early with an apparent left leg injury, but it appears as though he should be able to play during this weekend's Grey Cup against Toronto. There will be further updates throughout the week.
No players are returning today.
|Jean-Christophe Beaulieu||Lower Body||5/20/2018|
|Travon Van||Lower Body||5/20/2018|
|Jean-Christophe Beaulieu||Montreal||May 2018|
|Travis Lulay||BC||May 2018|
|Darian Durant||Montreal||May 2018|
|Matt Nichols||Winnipeg||May 2018|
|Shaquille Murray-Lawrence||BC||May 2018|
|Shakir Bell||Saskatchewan||May 2018|
|John White||Edmonton||May 2018|
|Mercer Timmis||Hamilton||May 2018|
|Anthony Woodson||Calgary||May 2018|
|Travon Van||Edmonton||May 2018|
|Brandon Whitaker||Toronto||May 2018|
|Chris Getzlaf||Saskatchewan||May 2018|
|Lemar Durant||Calgary||May 2018|
|Devon Bailey||Saskatchewan||May 2018|
|Bryant Mitchell||Edmonton||May 2018|
|Giovanni Aprile||Hamilton||May 2018|
|Andy Fantuz||Hamilton||May 2018|
|Terrence Toliver||Hamilton||May 2018|
|Alex Charette||Toronto||May 2018|
|Greg Ellingson||Ottawa||May 2018|
|Alex Pierzchalski||Montreal||May 2018|
|Damarr Aultman||Hamilton||May 2018|
|Nic Demski||Saskatchewan||May 2018|
|Kendial Lawrence||Edmonton||May 2018|
|Kenny Shaw||Ottawa||May 2018|
|Darvin Adams||Winnipeg||May 2018|
|Quincy McDuffie||Ottawa||May 2018|
|Jeff Fuller||Toronto||May 2018|
|LaDarius Perkins||Edmonton||May 2018|
|Alex Carroll||Montreal||May 2018|
|Marquise Williams||Saskatchewan||May 2018|
|Cameron Marshall||Saskatchewan||May 2018|
|Antwane Grant||Saskatchewan||May 2018|
|Dakota Prukop||Toronto||May 2018|
|Willie Quinn||Hamilton||May 2018|
|Dominique Williams||Calgary||May 2018|
|Danny Collins||Ottawa||May 2018|
|Trent Richardson||Saskatchewan||May 2018|
|John Delahunt||Edmonton||May 2018|
|Dontre Wilson||BC||May 2018|