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Bralon Addison    Toronto Argonauts
Addison was signed by the Argonauts on Wednesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Addison went to the University of Oregon, graduating in 2015. In three seasons there, he accumulated 1,937 yards on 146 receptions, including 20 touchdowns. Since then, he's suited up for two regular-season games with the NFL's Chicago Bears. He'll look to join the Argonauts now and become a contributor.
Roy Finch    Calgary Stampeders    Questionable    Personal
Finch was arrested Sunday on multiple charges, TSN.ca reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Charges in the report included assaulting a police officer and possession of marijuana. Considering the investigation is just beginning, we won't speculate on any sort of suspension for Finch, but look for additional updates to be provided over the next few weeks. Finch re-signed with the Stampeders back in February after establishing himself as a key special team's player as a returner last season.
Josh Straughan    Free Agent
Straughan was released by Winnipeg on Monday, Ed Tait of BlueBombers.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Straughan spent time on the Blue Bombers' practice squad in 2017 but never got into a game. He threw for 2,429 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games for Southern Illinois University in 2016.
Brandon Burks    Toronto Argonauts
Burks signed a contract Monday with the Argonauts.

RotoWire Analysis

The 24-year-old Burks didn't play professionally in 2017 after being waived by the NFL's New York Jets last April. Burks, who has had another brief stint in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers after going undrafted out of Troy in 2016, is expected to serve in a depth capacity for the Argonauts during the upcoming campaign.
Henry Josey    Free Agent
Josey was released by the Redblacks on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

After signing with the Redblacks in September of 2017, Josey didn't log any playing time with the team and hasn't in the CFL since 2015. He was released Thursday to create roster space for the signing of a pair of defensive linemen.
Tony Stevens    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Stevens signed with the Blue Bombers on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Stevens graduated from Auburn in 2016 after appearing in 39 games and catching 51 balls for 754 yards and five touchdowns. He then went undrafted and signed with the Chiefs in 2017 for training camp, but Stevens was ultimately let go before the start of the season.
Kenny Shaw    Free Agent    Injured Reserve    Knee
Shaw was waived by the Redblacks on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Shaw missed majority of the 2017 season due to a knee injury, and his waiving Tuesday is likely related to that injury. Shaw appeared in just three games last season, catching six balls for 66 yards no scores in that time.
Quincy McDuffie    Free Agent    Out    Undisclosed
McDuffie was released by the Redblacks on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

McDuffie's 2017 season was plagued with injuries, but when healthy, he was a serviceable return man for the Redblacks. He was unable to finish out the season, however, due to that undisclosed injury, which is what likely ultimately led to his release.
Alexandre Dupuis    Edmonton Eskimos
Dupuis signed a contract with Edmonton on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Dupuis served mostly as a second-string fullback behind Calvin McCarty last season, although it's unclear what role he'll fulfill in 2018. If he does see snaps, expect him to be used mostly as a blocker out of the backfield.
Rodney Smith    Toronto Argonauts
Smith has signed a contract with the Argonauts.

RotoWire Analysis

The 28-year-old has spent time with the Vikings, Seahawks, Cowboys and Browns of the NFL since being signed as an undrafted free agent back in 2013. He only appeared in four regular-season NFL matchups. Collegiately, Smith went to Florida State University, where he played four seasons, recording 106 passes for 1,540 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Brett Blaszko    Saskatchewan Roughriders
Blaszko agreed to a contract with the Roughriders on Monday, Ian Hamilton of Riderville.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Blaszko was with Saskatchewan during the 2017 season. However, he appeared in just two games with the team. Until it becomes established that he'll carry a larger role, Blaszko figures to carry minimal fantasy value heading into the 2018 season.
Shaquille Coooper    Edmonton Eskimos
Cooper signed a contract with the Eskimos on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

Cooper, a running back out of Fort Hays State, went undrafted out of college in 2017, but will now resurface in the CFL with Edmonton. He'll serve as depth in the backfield, which is much-needed considering the Eskimos have a few running backs working back from significant injuries.
Torrance Gibson    Edmonton Eskimos
Gibson has signed with the Eskimos.

RotoWire Analysis

Gibson spent the 2017 season playing for Mississippi Gulf Coast, spending seven games as a quarterback. He also carried the ball 42 times for 321 yards and four touchdowns and caught three passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.
A.J. Coney    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Coney inked a contract with the Blue Bombers on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

Coney hails from the United States, accumulating 69 catches for 849 yards and four touchdowns in his three seasons at Akron after playing a season at Weber State. He will have to earn his reps with Winnipeg, who should return Darvin Adams (shoulder) and his 76 receptions for 1,120 yards and seven touchdowns from a season ago.
Mitchell Gale    Free Agent
Gale was released by the Lions on Wednesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Gale was a backup quarterback to Jonathon Jennings last season, failing to record a throw with the team. For his career, he's completed 158 passes for 1,050 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Malcolm Carter    Montreal Alouettes
Carter has agreed to a contract with the Alouettes.

RotoWire Analysis

Carter was drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 CFL Draft. Last season, he had an impressive campaign with the Ottawa Sooners of the Canadian Junior Football League, being named Ontario Conference player of the year. He posted 423 yards on 23 passes, including seven touchdowns.
Alexander Morrison    Montreal Alouettes
Morris was signed by the Alouettes on Wednesday after being drafted by the team during the 2017 CFL Canadian Draft.

RotoWire Analysis

Morris participated in the team's 2017 training camp before returning to the UBC Thunderbirds for his final collegiate season. In 11 games, he posted 707 yards while scoring 10 majors.
Marcus Thigpen    Saskatchewan Roughriders
Thigpen was suspended two games for a violation of the CFL/CFLPA drug policy.

RotoWire Analysis

Thigpen tested positive for the banned substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. The 31-year-old rushed seven times for 32 yards and a touchdown for the Roughriders in 2017. He added two catches for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Lindley    Ottawa Redblacks
Lindley was cut by the Redblacks on Monday, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Lindley appeared in three games for Ottawa last season. He completed just 40 of his 81 passes for 391 yards. He threw three interceptions and just one touchdown pass.
James Wilder    Toronto Argonauts
Wilder agreed to a contract extension through 2019 with the Argonauts.

RotoWire Analysis

Wilder announced in late January that he intended to sit out the 2018 CFL season due to contract disputes with Toronto and the inability to provide for his family under his salary. He declared that "without any protection from a career-ending injury" he would be moving on to pursue work in the United States. However, things changed Saturday as he and the team agreed on an extension. As a rookie last season, Wilder played in 17 games -- starting 10 -- rushed for 872 yards and five touchdowns on 122 carries for a league-high 7.1 yards per attempt. He also caught 51 passes for 533 yards. All of that led to him receiving the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie award.
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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
John White Knee 5/20/2018
Mercer Timmis Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Anthony Woodson Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Travon Van Lower Body 5/20/2018
Brandon Whitaker Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Lemar Durant Knee 5/20/2018
Bryant Mitchell Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Giovanni Aprile Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Andy Fantuz Knee 5/20/2018
Terrence Toliver Knee 5/20/2018
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return
Jean-Christophe Beaulieu Montreal May 2018
Travis Lulay BC May 2018
Matt Nichols Winnipeg May 2018
John White Edmonton May 2018
Mercer Timmis Hamilton May 2018
Anthony Woodson May 2018
Travon Van Edmonton May 2018
Brandon Whitaker May 2018
Lemar Durant Calgary 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
Damarr Aultman Hamilton May 2018
Kendial Lawrence May 2018
Kenny Shaw May 2018
Darvin Adams Winnipeg May 2018
Quincy McDuffie May 2018
LaDarius Perkins Edmonton May 2018
Alex Carroll 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
Dontre Wilson BC May 2018