The Ottawa Redblacks will dial up their finest gross sales pitch subsequent week whereas they’re internet hosting Nick Arbuckle.
The Redblacks will convey the quarterback (and sure his spouse Zakiyyah Shabazz) into the nation’s capital to get a close-up take a look at town and the group, making an attempt to steer him to signal and grow to be the group’s No. 1 quarterback for the 2020 season. Ottawa acquired the rights to Arbuckle from the Calgary Stampeders Jan. three, giving up a third-round decide within the CFL Draft. If Ottawa is ready to signal the 26-year-old Arbuckle, they’ll additionally swap first-round picks with the Stampeders, giving up the No. 1 general for the sixth general selection.
The Redblacks have unique negotiating rights to Arbuckle till 9 days earlier than the Feb. 11 free-agency interval begins. If Arbuckle doesn’t signal with Ottawa previous to Feb. 11, it’s anticipated the Toronto Argonauts will supply him massive cash to be their No. 1 man.
“They’re right here to see what we’re all about,” stated Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins. “They’ll go to town a bit, get to know individuals round right here and discuss some soccer. (Head coach) Paul (LaPolice) will get into the offence, I’ll get into the larger image stuff. That’ll be what’s on the agenda.”
When given the chance to play final season—as a consequence of an damage to Calgary’s beginning QB Bo Levi Mitchell —Arbuckle produced massive time. Out of Georgia State, Arbuckle accomplished 174 of 238 passes for two,103 yards, with 11 landing tosses and 5 interceptions. In a string of seven video games beginning rather than Mitchell, Arbuckle had three 300-plus-yard passing video games (368 versus Hamilton, 370 versus Ottawa and 370 versus Montreal).
“You’ll be able to return to final 12 months when he beat us right here, that’s a man who was on our radar,” Desjardins stated earlier this month. “I don’t assume we make the commerce if we didn’t assume (he might be our No. 1 quarterback in 2020).”
“I believed he did lots of good issues for a younger man,” LaPolice instructed Postmedia final week. “In a small pattern dimension, he’s someone who put factors on the board, he scored touchdowns, he created first downs, he threw lots of completions, he stayed on the fieeld and was capable of lead his group to wins.”
The Redblacks, Argos and presumably the Winnipeg Blue Bombers would have curiosity in getting Arbuckle signed.
“We’ve already talked simply in a common sense ballpark (wage numbers),” stated Desjardins. “So I’ve an concept what the expectation is. We’ll see the place we get to as soon as the go to is going on. Hopefully we get one thing resolved earlier than the tip of the month.
“I’m assured within the sense that I do know what this metropolis and group have to supply — I don’t assume there’s something on the market higher than what now we have. I don’t know particularly what they’ll be taking a look at, however I be ok with what now we have to supply. Who is aware of? Possibly there’s a connection to a different metropolis that could be extra interesting to him. I don’t even imply on the soccer facet, I imply on the non-public facet. I truthfully don’t know that.
“It’s not all about cash. He has to comfy in his surroundings, his spouse must be comfy within the surroundings. This metropolis has lots to supply.”
IT’S CFL WEEK, SORTA … After profitable Mark’s CFL Weeks in Regina and Winnipeg in 2017 and 2018, the league —with collective bargaining settlement uncertainty — postponed the occasion (initially alleged to be in Ottawa) in 2019. So what about 2020? Nicely, a few of the occasions which were a part of CFL Weeks previously will likely be co-ordinated across the expanded CFL Mix (together with a number of world prospects) in Toronto March 26-28. Lots of the league’s star gamers will likely be dropped at Toronto March 23-25 to present the week somewhat further push. However there received’t be all the neighborhood involvement that there was in Regina or Saskatoon. These parts are actually one thing the CFL hopes to get again to in future years.
Mentioned CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie ultimately week’s winter conferences at Blue Mountain Resort, north of Toronto. “We all know we’ve received the groups excited in regards to the concept of internet hosting a CFL Week type occasion. We get to again to the groups and discuss it. That’s a property we predict might have nice long-term advantages for the event of our fan base.”
THE END AROUND: The CFL minimal wage will soar from $54,000 to $65,000 for the 2020 season. With a $50,000 soar within the group wage cap, you marvel the place the cash goes to return from.
Mentioned Edmonton Eskimos GM Brock Sunderland: “It provides us lots much less cash to go round. You probably have 10 guys as a consequence of make $54,000, swiftly they’re going up $11,000 – that’s $110,000. When the ceiling solely goes up $50,000, however the flooring goes up that quantity, it means — in my guess — in all probability fairly a couple of of these fringe guys within the center vary, these three or four-year vets which might be stable however not nice, the fact is a few of these guys received’t be with a group.”
TOUGH YEAR FOR SUPER DAVE: Coming off three straight Gray Cup appearances (and profitable in opposition to Ottawa in 2018), it was a troublesome season for the Calgary Stampeders, who completed the common season with a 12-6 report and had been knocked out of the playoffs within the West Division semi-final. It was a harder season for Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson.
“Every thing we did final 12 months was arduous,” stated Dickenson. “Each win was troublesome, losses had been heart-wrenching. There was nothing simple about 2019. We knew we’d need to be at our greatest to win each sport. It was only a powerful, lengthy 12 months. My mother-in-law was sick, my dad fell ice fishing, broke his femur, and he’s nearly 80. Issues happened that hopefully you don’t need to take care of on a yearly foundation.”
Speaking about teaching adjustments across the league, Dickenson stated: “There’s a extremely younger dynamic to the CFL head teaching proper now. I’m in all probability thought of an previous man now and I nonetheless really feel fairly new to this job.”
THE END AROUND: The Redblacks have signed former Carleton Ravens DB Justin Howell to a one-year contract extension. The 23-year-old, chosen within the seventh spherical of the 2018 CFL Draft, has performed two seasons for the Redblacks. In 2019, he had 14 defensive tackles, eight particular groups tackles and a sack … It was introduced a few days in the past on CFL.ca the Redblacks have signed DB David Jones out of the College of Richmond. He had been on the group’s neg checklist since June. Mentioned Desjardins: “He’s received dimension — he’s over 6-foot — he’s received athletic capability, he’s received lengthy arms. He’s not the quickest man, however he performs sooner than he instances. In a nutshell, we predict he’s a man who can compete at a number of spots.”
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