Late FA Stage 4


Las Vegas GM Turf Toe Takes Hard Line with Hold Outs


Thu Jan 22 02:06 PM

The late stages of Free Agency came and went in most CFL cities without much news. It's the time of the football season where nothing sensational ever happens and even the splashes that made headlines at the beginning of free agency have faded into recent history.

Leave it to Las Vegas GM TurfToe to generate noise to disturb the peace.

During late free agency, Vegas starting QB Pat Springer announced his hold out for the 2041 season. The following week, Springer found himself atop the pile of veteran CFL QB's looking for a new opportunity.

"Well, yeah, of course I was surprised when I got the call from TurfToe", said a dejected Pat Springer by conference call on Wednesday.

"I mean, he was calm relative to his normal schtick, but when he said he enjoyed our time together and wished me luck down the road - my jaw just hit the floor. It really stung when he told me 2040 was possibly my best year with the club and he thought I had what it took to win a CFL title in Vegas. It stung because he was up front and sincere only to follow it with news that left me breathless for a while. I had to take a few minutes to make sense of it all before I called my agent. I wasn't sure I wanted to do it [hold out] but it was supposedly in my best interest. I'm at a loss right now."

TurfToe was surprisingly available for comment Thursday morning. TurfToe had this to say, "The CFL is business, big business. I have a roster to put together for my coaching staff and the last distraction I need is for my leader, my fucking starting QB, to hold out and put himself before the team. Springer fit the plan here in Vegas but his actions, whether on his own accord or through his agent's hand up his ass working him like a puppet, indicate he thinks he is more important than the team. I've held players to different standards in the past and it did not contribute to the success of this team. I believe I have sent a clear message to our team and the CFL community. If you want to be part of the team in Vegas, you are either all-in or all-out, this is not a part-time deal. I loved that kid but I had no choice but to support my team. In return, I'm asking the team to support whoever it is that replaces Springer and we move forward as one team with one simple mission. Period. End of fucking sentence. End of fucking lesson."

When asked about 9-year CB, Donald Neu who is also holding out, TurfToe quickly added, "He got the message. If he didn't, we know he cheated on that Solecismic test."

When asked why Springer was cut immediately and Neu was still officially under contract, TurfToe quipped, "Look, they don't hand out a rubber stamp that says 'Cut' that I can go around stamping on contracts. There's a process and for every process there's too much damned paperwork. We'll take care of Donny in due time. Next you'll be telling me they have a 'Fine' button I can click any time I want to fine a player or coach. I'd have carpal tunnel syndrome in no time."

This leaves the Ring of Fire champions without a starting QB. Will a hard-line approach on contracts help team morale or is the Vegas franchise shooting itself in the foot in the middle of stringing successful seasons together?

Stay tuned...

I can see why the plans for Neu's termination are taking longer. He is already getting paid more than he's worth on the open market, and, therefore, I'm sure his departure will require more elaborate measures.

by Masked at Thu Jan 22, 2015 02:23 PM

Enjoyable reading. Phantoms DE Curtis Borders suffered a similar fate.


by rbeyer at Thu Jan 22, 2015 06:40 PM

Atlantic City Draft Review


Mon Jan 19 10:26 AM

Atlantic City finished the 2039 season at 6-10, their worst record since 2036. The offense had a 1,300+ yard rusher but the passing game was one of the worst in the league. The defense was again strong but lost quite a few secondary players in the off-season. With five picks in the draft (1-12, 2-11, 5-8, 6-12 and 7-11) the question was would ACI be active on the trade market to bring in some veterans or try to plug holes via draft picks.

First Round - 1-12

Ted Scancella


DT- Houston - 6' 3" - 305 lbs
1st Round. Pick #1-12. #12 Overall
Pre-Draft Grade: 6.60
Pre-Draft Adjusted Grade: 6.60
Key Combine Scores: Solecismic 29, 40 Time 4.96, Bench Reps 32, Agility 7.46

For the second straight year, ACI held pick 1-12. The slot worked out well in 2040 as RB Jeffrey Emack looks like an excellent back for years to come. This pick came down to Scancella, DE George Barrett or T Mitchell Southrey. ACI needs a LT but Southrey appeared to be more of a RT. Barrett was rated slightly higher than Scancella but the Phantoms have not had a lot of luck drafting DE's lately so the decision was made to go with the DT.

Second Round - 2-11
TRADE - 2041 2-11, 5-8 and 2042 #1 sent to Albany for DT Brendan Maloney and 4-7

DT Brendan Maloney - 6-2 - 282 lbs
Actuals - 78/78

Just minutes before their second round selection, ACI completed a deal with Albany to bring in one of the best young defensive lineman in the CFL. The price was steep (although a lot will depend on what the future #1 turns out to be) but rewards could be huge. With two new DT's, this might be a precursor to a move to a 4-3 defense.

Fourth Round - 4-7 (Acquired from Albany)

TRADE - 2041 4-7 and 2042 #5 to Omaha for SE Malik Burnside

WR Malik Burnside - 6-1, 214 lbs
Actuals - 32/37

ACI needed help at WR in a huge way and the options in the draft (and risk) made getting a known commodity the best route to take. Burnside has some upside as a receiver but also fills a huge need as a punt and kickoff returner.

Fourth Round - 4-9
TRADE - 2041 4-9 to Tulsa for LB Billy Joe Butler

LB Billy Joe Butler - 6' 1", 231 lbs
Actuals- 43/43

Butler is a young (4th year) and talented linebacker who can provide coverage for Dominic Castillo or Corey Fisher. Quality depth was one concern for ACI entering the off-season and the acquisition of Butler was a no brainer for the front office.

Fifth Round - 5-8 (Part of the Albany trade)

Sixth Round - 6-12

Axel Carrere


OLB - Ashland - 5' 11" - 231 lbs
6th Round. Pick #6-12. #172 Overall
Pre-Draft Grade: 4.40
Pre-Draft Adjusted Grade: 4.40
Key Combine Scores: 40 Time 4.63, Agility 7.12

Carrere comes from a DII program and is trying to make the leap to the CFL. At Ashland, he was a first team DII All-American selection who is considered a tweener with great athletic ability but may lack a position. The Phantoms drafted him purely due to the athletic ability and see him as an excellent pass rusher. That would be great if ACI stayed with the 3-4, but if they move to a 4-3 then where does Carrere play?

Seventh Round - 7-11

Quentin Painter


CB - Boston College- 6' 3" - 187 lbs
7th Round. Pick #7-11. #203 Overall
Pre-Draft Grade: 4.60
Pre-Draft Adjusted Grade: 4.60
Key Combine Scores: Solecismic 26, 40 Time 4.46

Painter is another athlete who is searching for a position. At 6' 3" he is a tall corner but is very light at 187 pounds. A switch to Safety might be an option if he can bulk up or he could be a gunner on special teams. Either way, he was worth a shot in the 7th round.

Santa Cruz Draft Thread


The Duke
Sat Jan 17 03:24 AM

1.8 Taylor Walker, T, 6-1, 307 lbs. Kentucky


Walker generated a ton of late-season buzz, and he put an exclamation point on it by a dominating performance during the East-West shrine game. He illustrated his tremendous skill set as he was rock solid and pass protection and moved defenders in the ground game. Despite being (only) 6-1, Walker has a 6-5 wingspan and a rare combination of strenght, quickness and athleticism.

2.12 Melvin Gunn, QB, 6-1, 212 lbs. Eastern Kentucky


In speaking with CFL sources before the draft, they indentified Gunn as a sleeper prospect who has really impressed them. Gunn has a strong arm that can make all the throws. He displays some good accuracy at times but needs to be more consistent. He has excellent mobility to make throws on the run and keep plays alive. According to one scout "he (Gunn) killed it during the interviews at the combine with his focus, competitiveness and team friendly attitude".

by The Duke at Sat Jan 17, 2015 03:27 AM

3.11 Arnie Burks, OLB, 6-1, 247 lbs. Air Force


Burks was the emotional ringleader of a great Falcons defense where he lined up at several LB spots. He reads the action quickly and gets in position to make the play. Rare insticts and rarely out of position. Consistent and reliable but rarely made the game-changing play. Needs to continue to add upper body strenght. Could be moved inside because he might lack the range needed to play on the outside in the CFL.

by The Duke at Sat Jan 17, 2015 03:31 AM

4.10 Herb Wright, FB, 5-11, 225 lbs. Wagner


Despite being undersized, Wright is an old-school fullback with explosive power to pave the way as an iso-lead blocker and enough speed and athletic ability to carve a niche as a versatile performer. Valuable pass protector with good hands and short-yardage running power to contribute when needed.

Need to bulk up and improve as a receiver out of the backfield.

by The Duke at Mon Jan 19, 2015 04:08 AM

5.9 Al Emmons, CB, 6-0, 202 lbs. Michigan


Fast, rangy, tough, loquacious defensive back who was pushed to play safety to fill a need in his junior season, and offers intriguing versatility on the back end. Projects ideally as a safety in the pros, where his instincts, ballhawking and physicality will appeal to a wide range of teams.

Plays a bit out of control and will miss some tackles in the open field. Takes some bad angles. Leaks yards when he comes in high and has to grab and drag instead of driving through the ball carrier.

by The Duke at Mon Jan 19, 2015 04:20 AM

6.8 Winfred Horton, TE, 6-4, 255 lbs. Missouri


Good size and strong enough to fend off the jam. Horton catches outside his frame and adjusts to the ball. Catches in a crowd and will shake off a hit and run through contact. He has a wide catching radius and presents a big target with a nose for the first down marker.

Privateers coaching staff will have their hands full: Horton is strong but he blocks with little technique and even lesser effort. During games he tends to lose focus and disappears for stretches.

by The Duke at Mon Jan 19, 2015 04:43 AM

7.12 Dave Winslett, WR, 5-11, 193 lbs. Arizona


After a brilliant junior season, his stock dropped after he suffered a torn ACL in practice. Excellent route runner, adjusts to throws and has soft, reliable hands. Exhibits field awareness and is quarterback friendly. Quick and slippery after the catch. Mature, likeable and a intelligent team captain.

Lacks elite top-end speed. Not exceptionally explosive, nor is he a go-up-and-get-it guy. Injury history casts his future in doubt.

by The Duke at Mon Jan 19, 2015 05:01 AM

Draft utility ready for 2041 draft


JJ Smitty
Tue Jan 13 05:48 AM


To register, go to the link above and select the register tab. Your username is your teams full city name. For example, my username is Durham.

As always, you must register before the draft clock starts or your picks will be autopicked for you.

Draft time limits (clock runs from 8am to midnight, Eastern):

Round 1: 4 hours
Round 2: 3 hours
Round 3: 2 hours
Round 4: 2 hours
Round 5: 1 hour
Round 6: 1 hour
Round 7: 1 hour

If you miss a pick then your time is reduced for the remaining rounds.

Please register early and let me know if you see any problems. Happy drafting!

Live Draft Starts Jan 11 at 9 am MST

1 comment

JJ Smitty
Sat Jan 03 07:23 AM

If your interested, I'll pm you the server IP and password. You'll have to download the ventrilo client.

the retention and coach draft is on the same day

by JJ Smitty at Mon Jan 05, 2015 09:52 AM

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