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CFL Free agency: Roughriders still waiting on big names

Riders could be closing in on Brendan LaBatte
Reported by Jamie Nye
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The CFL's free agency deadlines passed this morning and while some players are on the move the biggest names are still in limbo.

The Roughriders have lost one wide receiver so far but it is not Andy Fantuz yet. 

Cary Koch was the first of the team's free agents to move. He has signed with the Edmonton Eskimos to re-join General Manager Eric Tillman. This will end a two year stay with the green and white which included a decent rookie season helping the team get to the Grey Cup in 2010

All eyes are still on fan favourite Roughriders slot-back Fantuz who hit free agency this morning. There are a number of teams reportedly interested in his services but nothing has been locked down yet. Rider fans are clamoring for information on Fantuz but so are fans across Canada. He is trending on Twitter across the country.

The expectation is that Fantuz will not end up signing in Saskatchewan. Toronto and Hamilton seem to be the top contenders to sign the Ontario native. The Eskimos are not part of the bidding war because the asking price is too high.

The Riders have picked up one player and it's a familiar name. They've added defensive back Paul Woldu who should be an improvement over Tamon George, who was released earlier this season. Woldu is a Regina native who played with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and spent the last four seasons with the Montreal Alouettes.

Fellow Canadian Brendon LaBatte will also be a hot commodity. The Blue Bombers guard Brendon LaBatte who is originally from Weyburn.

CFL fans across Canada have taken to twitter to keep up with the latest news on the CFL free agency.


News Talk Radio will have further updates as more details come in.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Adriana Christianson with files from Justin Blackwell