A lot of moves over the past few days in the CFL revolving around the Quarterback position that could have a significant impact in 2010 and beyond. Aside from Casey Printers re-upping with the Lions, four transactions at the most important position in football have occurred in the last two days.
First, the Montreal Alouettes announced the signing former Toronto Argonaut pivot Cody Pickett. Pickett was released by the Argos earlier in the off-season in a purge of the entire Quarterback position. Pickett landing in Montreal could be good for him. With Anthony Calvillo nearing the end of his illustrious career, Pickett could be in line to be the next starting QB for the Alouettes.
Second, the BC Lions announced that they have released former starting QB Buck Pierce. This comes as no surprise since the Leos extended Casey Printers's contract earlier this week. Where Pierce lands is anyone's guess. Winnipeg seems like as good a spot as any. All the Bombers really have at QB is Steven Jyles, so Pierce would add experience and a little competition to the QB race in the 'Peg.
Finally, the Argos have made two QB moves. The Argos completed a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for QB Dalton Bell. I have no idea who this is. I have never heard this name before. I don't know why the Argos traded for him, or think so highly of him. Big-time head scratcher with this one.
The other Argo move should come as no surprise. The Argos announced today that they have signed former NFL QB Gibran Hamdan. Another curious move by the Boatmen. NFL QBs are not known to produce all that well in the CFL, so we'll have to wait to see how this plays out. I think this move lessens, but doesn't end, the possibility of one of the BC QBs ending up in the Big Smoke. Pierce has been released and is free to sign with anyone, and Jackson is still on the Lions roster, so a trade could happen there.
The arms race is heating up again in the CFL.
UPDATE: Saskatchewan has gotten in on the act again. The Riders just announced that they have signed Darian Durant to a contract extension. This was inevitable. Durant solidified himself this year as one of the best QBs in the CFL, and the Riders would have been fools to let him get away. Locking him up now is not only smart, but necessary.
Wow, busy, busy couple of days for the signal callers of the Canadian Football League.