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Darian Durant    Winnipeg Blue Bombers    Out    Knee
Durant (knee) agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday, Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Durant 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.
Shaq Johnson    BC Lions
Johnson agreed to a one-year deal with the Lions on Friday.

RotoWire Analysis

Johnson 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.
Samuel Giguere    Free Agent
Giguere was released by the Montreal Alouettes in early January, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Giguere 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.
Philip Nelson    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Nelson signed a deal with the Blue Bombers on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

Nelson 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.
Josh Straughan    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Straughan signed a deal with Winnipeg on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

Straughan 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.
Zach Bauman    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Bauman signed a contract with the Blue Bombers on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

Bauman 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.
Garry Brown    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Brown agreed to a deal with Winnipeg on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

Brown 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.
Mossis Madu    Ottawa Redblacks
Madu agreed to a one-year contract with Ottawa on Thursday, Tim Baines of Postmedia reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Madu 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.
Ben Malena    Toronto Argonauts
Malena signed a one-year contract with the Argonauts on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Malena 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.
Ed Ilnicki    Ottawa Redblacks
Ilnicki signed a two-year deal with the Redblacks on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Ilnicki 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.
Darian Durant    Free Agent    Out    Knee
Durant (knee) was released by Montreal on Monday, Didier Ormejuste of RDS reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Durant 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.
William Powell    Ottawa Redblacks
Powell signed a one-year contract with the Redblacks on Monday, Tim Baines of Postmedia reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Powell 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.
Brandon Rutley    BC Lions
The Alouettes traded Rutley to the Lions on Monday in exchange for future considerations.

RotoWire Analysis

Rutley 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.
Kevin Glenn    Edmonton Eskimos
Glenn signed a one-year contract with the Eskimos on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

Glenn 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.
Armanti Edwards    Toronto Argonauts
Edwards signed a two-year contract extension with the Argonauts on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

After 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.
Josh Freeman    Montreal Alouettes
Freeman agreed to a two-year deal with Montreal on Friday.

RotoWire Analysis

The 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.
Derel Walker    Edmonton Eskimos
Walker re-signed with the Eskimos on Friday.

RotoWire Analysis

Walker 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.
Llevi Noel    Toronto Argonauts
Noel agreed to a contract extension with Toronto through the 2019 season.

RotoWire Analysis

Noel 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.
Johnny Manziel    Free Agent
Manziel is giving Hamilton until Jan. 31 to make him a fair offer, TSN reports.

RotoWire Analysis

According 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.
Reggie Begelton    Calgary Stampeders
Begelton signed a contract with the Stampeders on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

Begelton 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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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Jean-Christophe Beaulieu Lower Body 5/20/2018
Travis Lulay Knee 5/20/2018
Darian Durant Knee 5/20/2018
Matt Nichols Calf 5/20/2018
Shaquille Murray-Lawrence Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Shakir Bell Undisclosed 5/20/2018
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
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return
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