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2017 #CFL hot stove league

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Today was the first day of free agency.  For the first time that I can remember, none of the first-day guys who switched teams were "stars."  Some of the linemen may be very good, and will help their teams win, but I wouldn't call them stars.

This Dan Ralph article is the best I've found summarizing the day.  I might find more tomorrow.

http://3downnation.com/2017/02/14/riders-redblacks-make-big-splash-day-one-cfl-free-agency/#comments

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I hope to list more articles about the guys who extended their contracts before the weekend.

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Darrel K. Smith died Monday of cancer at 55.  Even though he was treated like a star, I always thought that he deserved more.  He was a great one.

3downnation.com/2017/02/14/former-argonauts-receiver-darrell-k-smith-dies-age-55/#comments

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Rick Klassen died of cancer at 57 in December.

http://3downnation.com/2016/12/11/former-b-c-lions-standout-klassen-dies-57/#comments

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Let's see how many more contract extensions we can do in the next few minutes.

http://3downnation.com/2017/01/11/national-running-backreceiver-re-ups-toronto/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/16/noel-thorpe-contract-alouettes-2017/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/17/fans-dont-like-re-signing-cassius-vaughn-makes-sense-ticats/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/18/bombers-make-matt-nichols-extension-official/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/19/matt-nichols-signs-3-year-extension-bombers-means/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/20/stamps-sign-head-coach-dave-dickenson-extension-2020/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/20/willie-jefferson-key-re-signing-riders/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/21/stamps-look-long-term-stability-dickenson-deal/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/25/alouettes-defensive-end-john-bowman-extends-and-restructures-contract/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/31/van-zeyl-re-signs-argos-report/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/31/star-adarius-bowman-signs-contract-extension-esks/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/01/31/big-man-big-get-floundering-argos/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/06/adarius-bowmans-new-deal-makes-him-highest-paid-receiver-in-cfl/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/06/b-c-lions-re-sign-turner-moore-will-let-westerman-go-free-agency/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/07/ticats-agree-terms-offensive-lineman-xavier-fulton/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/10/receiver-greg-ellingson-re-signs/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/10/receiver-terrence-toliver-re-signs-ticats/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/13/all-star-defensive-tackle-micah-johnson-agrees-to-extension-with-stampeders/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/13/video-2/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/13/stamps-leading-receiver-marquay-mcdaniel-agree-extension/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/13/ticats-agree-terms-canadian-receiver-giovanni-aprile/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/13/redblacks-re-sign-defensive-back-jerrell-gavins/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/13/ticats-add-terrence-toliver-core-group/#comments
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http://3downnation.com/2017/02/13/canadian-ol-nolan-macmillan-agrees-to-extension-with-redblacks/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/14/bombers-extend-offensive-lineman-sukh-chungh/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/14/receiver-kenny-shaw-agrees-to-terms-with-redblacks/#comments
 

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Posted (edited)

There have not been many headlines since my Feb. 16 posts, so let's catch up a little bit on what has happened.

First let's look at the articles about the Argos, Jim Popp and Marc Trestman, in chronological order.

http://3downnation.com/2017/02/22/ex-alouettes-gm-jim-popp-now-leading-candidate-toronto-argonauts-post/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/24/madani-jim-popp-marc-trestman-set-take-toronto/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/27/popp-trestman-announced-tuesday/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/28/argos-reunite-gm-jim-popp-head-coach-marc-trestman/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/28/argos-hiring-process-mess-doesnt-mean-wont-work/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/28/20490/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/01/no-pressure-popp-trestman-arrive-save-argos/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/02/can-trestman/#comments

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Vince Young is considering coming out of retirement, and has spoken to the Riders.

http://3downnation.com/2017/02/02/riders-add-former-nfl-star-vince-young-neg-list/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/02/vince-young-move-odd-one-riders/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/15/rider-neg-list-quarterback-vince-young-hires-agent-wants-resume-career/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/16/vince-youngs-agent-says-hes-opened-discussions-riders/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/16/young-poses-questions-answers-riders/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/24/riders-neg-lister-vince-young-files-trademark-make-vince-great/#comments

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Johnny Manziel is on the Ticats' neg list.  He was rumored to have worked out with the Riders without Hamilton's permission.

http://3downnation.com/2016/12/02/ticats-neg-lister-johnny-manziel-strikes-deal-domestic-violence-charges-dropped/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/09/riders-workout-johnny-manziel-2/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/01/johnny-manziel-re-hires-old-agent-aiming-nfl-comeback/#comments

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The Stampeders gave Drew Tate to the Redblacks.

http://3downnation.com/2017/02/21/redblacks-acquire-qb-drew-tate/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/22/tate-trade-provides-immediate-future-insurance/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/22/stamps-really-traded-drew-tate/#comments

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Joey Abrams analyzes the free agent moves of the Eastern teams.
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/21/won-free-agency-east-division/#comments

Joey Abrams analyzes the free agent moves of the Western teams.
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/21/who-won-free-agency-in-the-west-division/#comments

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Posted (edited)

Now let's look at the headlines from the past week.

It looks like SJ Green will be recovered from his knee injury by training camp time.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/01/alouettes-s-j-green-cleared-training-camp-knee-inury/#comments
http://www.cfl.ca/2017/03/01/s-j-green-ready-camp/

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Marc Trestman has selected Corey Chamblin to be his new defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.  Marcus Brady will return as the offensive coordinator.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/06/madani-former-riders-coach-corey-chamblin-argos-new-dc/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/07/argonauts-officially-announce-corey-chamblin-defensive-coordinator-brady-oc/#comments
http://www.cfl.ca/2017/03/07/chamblin-brady-lead-trestmans-coaching-staff/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/corey-chamblin-marcus-brady-argos-1.4013421

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Sugarfoot Anderson has died at 97.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/08/former-calgary-stampeders-star-ezzrett-sugarfoot-anderson-dies-age-97/#comments
http://www.cfl.ca/2017/03/08/cfl-mourns-passing-ezzrett-sugarfoot-anderson/

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Chris Best has retired.  He was the last member of the 2007 Rider Grey Cup Champs.
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/23/riders-offensive-lineman-chris-best-expected-announce-retirement/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/25/best-retirement-leaves-big-hole-riders/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/23/chris-best-last-member-2007-grey-cup-team-retires/#comments

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The Riders scheduled an open tryout camp for this Saturday IN MONTREAL!!!  As it turns out, that's against league rules, so it was cancelled.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/07/riders-cancel-open-try-set-montreal-alouettes-raise-concerns-cfl/#comments

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Rico Murray Has signed with the Argos.
http://www.cfl.ca/2017/03/03/argos-land-former-ticat-rico-murray/
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/24/defensive-back-rico-murray-latest-former-ticat-join-argos/#comments

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Eddie Steele has signed with the Riders.
http://www.cfl.ca/2017/03/07/riders-sign-national-dt-eddie-steele/

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Cory Greenwood has signed with the Eskimos.
http://www.cfl.ca/2017/03/08/esks-sign-national-cory-greenwood/
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/08/canadian-linebacker-cory-greenwood-expected-to-sign-with-eskimos/#comments

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Bakari Grant has signed with the Riders.
http://www.cfl.ca/2017/02/21/riders-add-veteran-receiver-bakari-grant/

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Greg Van Roten has signed with Jacksonville.
http://www.cfl.ca/2017/02/27/former-argo-van-roten-lands-nfl-deal/

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Thomas Miles has left the Argos to sign with his hometown Bombers.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/blue-bombers-sign-thomas-miles-1.4010453
http://www.tsn.ca/blue-bombers-sign-winnipeg-born-lb-miles-1.687788

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Johnny Sears, Jr., has signed with the Argos.
http://3downnation.com/2017/02/17/defensive-back-johnny-sears-jr-signs-argonauts/#comments

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A few odds and ends...

Marc Trestman will be the highest paid coach in the league, at over $600,000. per year.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/13/argos-make-marc-trestman-highest-paid-coach-in-the-cfl/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/14/3down-podcast-trestmans-contract-youngs-motivation-pitfall-pro-days/#comments

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Vince Young's contract did not include a signing bonus.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/10/vince-young-contract-doesnt-include-signing-bonus/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/09/dont-call-comeback-vince-young-faces-slew-challenges-cfl/#comments

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J'Michael Deane has signed with the Argos.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/13/canadian-ol-jmichael-deane-agrees-terms-argos/#comments

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BC is shopping Jovan Olafioye.  The Als might be interested.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/15/lions-exploring-trade-market-star-ol-jovan-olafioye/#comments

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Bryan Hall has signed with the Stampeders.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/16/former-ticats-argos-dl-bryan-hall-signs-stampeders/#comments

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Johnny Adams has signed with the Eskimos.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/16/eskimos-sign-former-bombers-ticats-defensive-back-johnny-adams/#comments

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John Hodges examines how each team stands regarding its Canadian content.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/15/ratio-round-west-division/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/16/ratio-round-riders-bombers-argos/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/17/ratio-round-ticats-redblacks-als/#comments

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The Canadian football video game is almost ready.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/19/interview-canadian-football-video-game-almost-ready-launch/#comments

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The Ticats have added both RGIII and Colin Kaepernick to their neg list.
3downnation.com/2017/03/20/ticats-add-quarterback-colin-kaepernick-neg-list/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/20/ticats-add-quarterback-robert-griffin-iii-neg-list/#comments

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Brett Maher has signed with Cleveland.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/20/former-ticats-kicker-brett-maher-signs-browns/#comments

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Justin Dunk previews the draft.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/20/2017-cfl-draft-prospect-rankings/#comments

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For those of you interested in the draft, here are some recent articles.

http://3downnation.com/2017/03/10/simon-fraser-linebacker-herdman-embracing-lengthy-audition-nfl-career/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/10/eastern-regional-combine-sees-five-prospects-move-national-event/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/13/antony-auclair-sees-17-nfl-teams-attend-pro-day-laval/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/14/jordan-herdman-disappoints-pro-day/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/14/top-lb-prospect-christophe-mulumba-wont-attend-cfl-combine/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/14/nfl-teams-chasing-auclair-pro-day-agent/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/16/laval-offensive-lineman-added-2017-cfl-draft-class/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/18/justin-senior-enjoying-busy-off-season-leading-2017-nfl-draft/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/20/2017-cfl-draft-prospect-rankings/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/21/next-singleton-looks-to-follow-brother-to-cfl/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/21/dl-eli-ankou-top-ranked-cfl-prospect-posts-strong-ucla-pro-day/#comments

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You may recall that Ticats OC Tommy Condell abruptly resigned last April.  He has now agreed to be the Argos' receivers coach.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/21/formers-ticats-oc-tommy-condell-join-argos-receivers-coach/#comments

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Drew Edwards considers the Ticats' neg list moves.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/21/ticats-put-kaepernick-rgiii-neg-list/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/21/3downpodcast-nfl-quarterbacks-condells-move-prospect-rankings/#comments

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Justin Dunk has more to say about Jim Popp and Marc Trestman.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/03/deal-jim-popp-marc-trestman-came-together/#comments

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The league's new marketing idea called CFL Week is in Regina this week.
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/20/biggest-player-snubs-cfl-week/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/03/21/outsiders-perspective-cfl-week/#comments
http://www.thesnap.ca/5-ways-apart-markscflweek-cant-come-ssk/
http://www.tsn.ca/moon-to-participate-in-cfl-s-panel-discussion-1.699129

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