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RotoWire AnalysisDurant has signed on with the Blue Bombers just days after being released by the Montreal Alouettes following a troublesome 2017 campaign in which he threw for 3,233 yards, 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The 35-year-old will serve as a veteran presence behind starting quarterback Matt Nichols this upcoming season.
RotoWire AnalysisJohnson will return to BC for a third straight season after being selected in the fourth round of the 2016 CFL Draft by the team. Last year, he caught 30 passes for 521 yards and two touchdowns while becoming the Lions' top receiving threat. Look for Johnson to increase his value in 2018 as the 24-year-old continues to develop.
RotoWire AnalysisGiguere posted a modest 11 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown in 2017 as he missed time with a hamstring injury. According to Lalji's report, the wide receiver could soon be brought back by Montreal, but he will remain a free agent for the time being.
RotoWire AnalysisNelson was a fixture on the team's practice squad during the 2017 campaign, and will add extra depth to the quarterback position heading into this upcoming season. The Madison, Wisconsin native finished his college days at East Carolina, throwing for 2,621 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Pirates in 2015.
RotoWire AnalysisStraughan spent a little time with the Blue Bombers' practice squad last year, but was never an active participant in any CFL contest. The former Southern Illinois product spent one year at the school after transferring from Stillman College, and threw for 2,429 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight starts. He will provide more organizational depth at the quarterback position heading into 2018.
RotoWire AnalysisBauman was added to Winnipeg's practice squad in mid-October and will now officially hold a place on the team's roster heading into 2018. The 25-year-old rushed for 1.456 yards and 10 touchdowns during his final season of college with Northern Arizona, and toiled around the practice rosters of the Arizona Cardinals and Edmonton Eskimos in the past.
RotoWire AnalysisBrown spent time on the Blue Bombers' practice roster last season, but was released by the team in early November. The 22-year-old has yet to play a snap in the CFL, but was named a consensus First-Team All-American with the California University of Pennsylvania in Division II in 2016 during his senior year of college.
RotoWire AnalysisMadu rushed for 317 yards and two scores while adding 188 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown receptions during seven games with the team in 2017. He missed an assortment of games with various undisclosed injuries, but when the team was at full strength, he provided a solid change of pace from William Powell. When Powell is healthy, he will get a majority of the carries, but Madu still has value as a good number two and someone that can catch passes out of the backfield.
RotoWire AnalysisMalena missed the entire 2017 season after suffering an injuring during a preseason game. He played three regular season games with the Argos in 2016, during which he rushed for 20 yards on four carries. With James Wilder entrenched as the team's starting running back, Malena should be set for a reserve role with Toronto.
RotoWire AnalysisIlnicki was drafted by the team last year and was with the Redblacks in the preseason, but ultimately returned to the University of Alberta for one last year. Ilnicki rushed for 1,468 yards and 11 touchdowns and was awarded the Hec Crighton Trophy as the best player in Canadian university sports. Current Ottawa starter William Powell was the second-leading rusher in the CFL last season, so Ilnicki may not see a featured role with the team right off the bat.
RotoWire AnalysisDurant had a disappointing 2017 season, as his 16 interceptions exceeded his 15 touchdown passes. Over 17 games he compiled 3,233 passing yards and added 182 more on the ground.
RotoWire AnalysisPowell is set to return to Ottawa after enjoying a breakout campaign with the Redblacks in 2017. The 29-year-old rushed for 1,026 yards -- the second-highest total in the league -- despite appearing in just 12 regular season games. He also added five touchdowns while producing at a 5.9 YPC clip. Look for Powell to reprise his role as the team's leading back in 2018.
RotoWire AnalysisRutley has spent the past four seasons with Montreal, where he's appeared in 35 regular-season games and compiled 1,243 yards and four touchdowns on 248 carries. Injuries limited the running back to just five games last season, though he averaged a respectable 5.9 yards per carry when healthy (49 carries for 291 yards). The 29-year-old will likely slot in as the Lions' No. 2 back behind Jeremiah Johnson, though he could push Johnson for carries.
RotoWire AnalysisGlenn is set to join the Eskimos after being released by the Roughriders earlier in the month. The 38-year-old quarterback has now been a member of every CFL team over his 17-year career (though he never actually played a game for the Argonauts or Redblacks). While Glenn can still play -- he threw for 4,038 yards and 25 touchdowns last season -- he'll likely slot in as the team's No. 2 option behind Mike Reilly, who led the league in passing yards (5,830) and touchdowns (30) in 2017.
RotoWire AnalysisAfter appearing in just four games in 2016, Edwards enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017 in what was his first full season in the CFL in 2017. The 29-year-old receiver hauled in 83 receptions for 962 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season while adding another five receptions for 56 yards in the playoffs as he helped the Argonauts to a Grey Cup victory. Edwards figures to reprise his role as one of the team's leading receivers in 2018.
RotoWire AnalysisThe former NFL quarterback will embark upon a career in the CFL after flirting with the league, and the Alouettes, in 2017. His most recent appearance on the field came with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015, where Freeman started one game for the injured Andrew Luck, completing 15 of 28 passes for 149 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He hasn't been a regular starter since his time in Tampa Bay from 2009-2012, but will have an opportunity to jump right in and compete for the gig with Montreal for this upcoming season. At this point, Darian Durant is the incumbent starter, but struggled throughout this past season, and missed a chunk of time near the end of the year due to a knee injury.
RotoWire AnalysisWalker gave the NFL a shot last year before ultimately re-joining the Eskimos in September. He was not as explosive in 2017 as he was the year before when he finished second in the CFL in all of receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns, but he was still plenty productive, and he has built a rapport with quarterback Mike Reilly. With a full offseason spent with the Eskimos, Walker will have a chance to bounce back in a big way in 2018.
RotoWire AnalysisNoel hasn't been a huge piece of Toronto's offensive attack since joining the team in 2016, but following this extension, the 26-year-old could see an expanded role during the upcoming season. During the past two years, Noel has recorded four receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns, and was also featured as a part-time return man in 2016.
RotoWire AnalysisAccording to Manziel's agent the 25-year-old is looking for a 500K contract at the moment to take his talents north of the border, which would be similar to the deal Zach Collaros signed which made him the highest paid player in the CFL in 2016, Matthew Scianitti of TSN reports. While not a hefty price in the NFL, seeing Manziel become one of the richest Canadian football players would certainly be surprising especially since he hasn't played professional football since 2015-16. Manziel's agent said if Hamilton isn't able to reach a deal with his camp by the date they'll start looking at other options professionally for the Texas native, but with Hamilton's interest and Manziel's positive relationship with head coach June Jones, it still wouldn't be surprising to see a deal fall in place.
RotoWire AnalysisBegelton will return to Calgary for a second season after appearing in nine games for the Stampeders in 2017. He recorded 22 catches for 304 yards and one touchdown last season before ultimately finishing the year on the practice squad.
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|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||Winnipeg||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|
|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|