February 26, 2013
Big CFL free agent names already snagged
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

Ricky Foley hoisted the Grey Cup three months ago with the Argonauts, but it wasn't enough to keep the free agent around. He signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Monday. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

Most of the big names are off the CFL free-agency board, with the exception being a star running back, a couple of receivers, a starting defensive back and a pair of Canadian offensive linemen.

In other words, if you're looking for defensive help — you're out of luck.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who finished tied for last in the league with a 6-12 mark in 2012, were the biggest players during the free-agency period, signing five of the 33 players available from other squads. Not coincidentally, all of them play on the defensive side of the ball.

They grabbed defensive back Evan McCollough, linebacker/defensive end Shomari Williams, defensive tackle Brian Bulcke, linebacker Marcellus Bowman and cornerback Deon Beasley.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders were next when it came to making the biggest splash, and once again the trend was on defence. They signed Canadian defensive end Ricky Foley on Tuesday after already inking defensive backs Weldon Brown and Dwight Anderson. Foley was pursued by several teams, including Calgary and Montreal, and ultimately ended up in Regina.



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