CFL free agency, day three: Ernest Jackson says “Oui” to Montreal; Dyakowski, to Toronto


The Montreal Alouettes made a strong statement on Thursday, when they signed the top Canadian Football League free agent. The Montreal Gazette reports that the team’s general manager likely did something he didn’t want to do in order to get receiver Ernest Jackson.

While terms of the contract weren’t disclosed, numerous sources have indicated Jackson was seeking an annual salary of at least $200,000. Reed, in turn, doesn’t want any player on the Als — other than the starting quarterback — earning more than $150,000.

Jackson, who comes to Montreal from Ottawa, should be worth it. He immediately becomes the number one receiver on a team that has struggled to score points over the past two seasons.

Montreal had been a bit player during the first two days of free agency, but signing Jackson positions them to secure a playoff spot in 2017.


Another Eastern Division team picked up a CFL veteran on Thursday.

Just hours after popular offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski was released by Hamilton, he raced up the QEW and inked a deal with Toronto.

There’s no clear reason why Dyakowski was dumped by the TiCats. In fact, the Hamilton Spectator’s initial story about the roster move hinted that it, too, was surprised. Recognizing that Hamilton has not signed a free agent lineman, this move could have been done to free up money to bring in a free agent or to make a major trade.

The Argos also grabbed defensive end James Tuck, who has been a bit player over the past couple seasons.


Vince Young, who crashed and burned as an NFL quarterback, might be wearing the green and white of the Saskatchewan Roughriders this season.

It’s too soon to determine what role Young, who led the University of Texas to the national championship in 2005, might play in 2017. Saying that, the makeover that this team has undergone in the off-season — including the signing of the league’s top free agent offensive lineman — would look more impressive if Young signs and then makes a meaningful contribution.

The Roughriders don’t have a quarterback on the roster who would scare any CFL defense. (My apologies if I’ve offended any Kevin Glenn fans.) Of course, Young, now 34, might not either. But raw talent alone should be enough to make him the starting quarterback from the beginning of the season.


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