Up until the two-thirds mark of this CFL season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ new bosses had no idea what they were doing.
Now that the team has been eliminated from playoff contention, Chris Jones and John Murphy are starting to look intelligent. After adding three great players in the previous weeks, the trade they made with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats dumped the high salaries of Xavier Fulton, an aging offensive tackle and defensive end Justin Capicciotti, a bust since signing as a free agent.
Those departures give the Riders extra cash to re-sign quarterback Darian Durant, who has been playing great on the team’s three-game winning streak.
The Riders also acquired two late draft choices, who at the very least should bolster a team with the CFL’s weakest national talent.
To replace one of their many injured receivers they added lanky Tommy Streeter. And toss in defensive lineman Linden Gaydosh, a former number one draft pick who could move to the offensive line.
It’s too late for this year, but it finally starts to look like the Riders have a plan for next year.