It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Everything could change, from the quarterbacks to the coaches to the media who cover the team. Who knows what might happen?
Neither of Saskatchewan’s top quarterbacks have contracts past this season, nor have they earned them. Chris Jones, whose coaching staff is the largest in the CFL, has to cut salaries and coaches. Twenty-six players are approaching free agency, according to 3DownNation, while the CFL Players’ Association seems poised for a showdown with the league before their collective bargaining agreement expires in May. And the Alliance of American Football, a new league scheduled to debut in February, is offering bigger salaries, fewer games and a shorter path to the NFL, so it’s sure to lure away some prospects.
There are rarely any direct answers from the Roughriders. This, after all, is a team that strategically hid the ailing health of its starting quarterback before Sunday’s season-ending playoff loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Almost the entire organization has dispersed. We’ll see who returns.