The much-rumoured deal involving Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Jason Maas going to Hamilton finally has been done.
The particulars of the trade -- Maas to the Tiger-Cats for quarterback Danny McManus, centre/guard Tim Bakker and Hamilton's first overall pick in the 2006 Canadian Football League draft -- will be made official today, a league source said yesterday.
Maas is expected to be in Hamilton at a later date to be introduced, the source said.
While the deal will give Hamilton a quarterback who threw for more than 5,000 yards last year and did well in a relief role in the West Division semi-final and final, Edmonton will benefit, too. Not only do the Grey Cup-champions receive the No. 1 pick in next year's draft -- and, if they choose, first crack at Western Ontario Mustangs receiver Andy Fantuz, this year's Hec Crighton Award winner as the top university player in Canada -- but Edmonton receives a veteran centre/guard in Bakker. The Eskimos may need Bakker with offensive linemen Kevin Lefsrud, Bruce Beaton and Chris Morris all eyeing possible retirement.
McManus is expected to become the third-stringer behind Ricky Ray and Jason Johnson.
The Maas swap is believed to be the future considerations in the October deal that sent running back Troy Davis and Dan Comiskey to Edmonton for defensive back Tay Cody, receiver Brock Ralph and a first-round pick. Hamilton will have the ninth, 10th and 12th picks overall in the draft.
ROUGHIES BRASS STAYS PUT
Roy Shivers is staying put as general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Despite a mediocre 9-9 record and first-round playoff loss this season, the club said its board unanimously supports Shivers and his recommendations for 2006, the final year remaining on his contract.
The retention of Shivers also means Danny Barrett, the club's head coach and assistant general manager, will return. Barrett, too, has a year remaining on his contract.
Buying out both Shivers and Barrett reportedly would have cost the community-owned franchise $400,000.