Football: CIS alums on CFL's free agent carousel

Periodically, we'll try to do a bullet-point list of the comings and goings among the Canadian university grads in the CFL, team by team and update accordingly. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at oolf.writers(at) if you see one.

  • B.C. — The Lions have some bigger fish to fry, apparently. They have already re-signed a Canadian receiver, Paris Jackson (what, you didn't know he was Canadian?).
  • Calgary Signed P Mike Renaud (Concordia), replacing another former Stinger, Burke Dales.
  • Edmonton — Signed Lumsden on Feb. 17 as their possible featured running back and added fullback/special teamer Graeme Bell (Saskatchewan).

    Signed S Scott Gordon (Ottawa) away from Saskatchewan and added G Kyle Koch (McMaster) from the Blue Bombers. .
  • Saskatchewan — None yet, since they already landed SB Jason Clermont (Regina) to go along with SB Andy Fantuz (Western) and WR Rob Bagg (Queen's).

    O-lineman Joe McGrath, one of Moose Jaw's favourite sons, is coming home. McGrath played for the Miami Hurricanes.
  • Hamilton — Feb. 17: Signed DE Matt Kirk (Queen's), a four-year CFL veteran.

    (Feb. 16: LT Alexandre Gauthier (Laval) is coming to the Hammer. It looks like he was a bit of a fallback since the Toronto Argonauts signed the top free agent offensive lineman, Rob Murphy, out from under the Tiger-Cats.
  • Montreal — None yet.
  • Toronto — Signed veteran C Dominic Picard (Laval), joining Murphy on their rebuilt offensive line.
  • Winnipeg Signed veteran T Steve Morley (Saint Mary's).

    Talks apparently broke off with free-agent P Burke Dales, who has expressed a wish to take one last shot at the NFL. The Indianapolis Colts did cut their punter, Hunter Smith, and they have been receptive to Canadian-based talent, just sayin'.
This fits in somehow:
  • One name to have on the radar screen is wide receiver Johnny Forzani, a Calgary native who played junior football last season and is now playing for the Washington State Cougars in the Pac 10 (he's the son of Hall of Famer Tom Forzani).

    The younger Forzani played basketball for Douglas College when it won the CCAA national title a couple years ago. He never played high school football, but showed enough with the Calgary Colts last season to get Washington State (which could use any help it can get) to give him a scholarship. People in Calgary probably know of him, but it seemed worth passing along.
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