Monday, September 06, 2004

CFL alumni 3 for 3 in NFL roster cuts

With NFL training camps winding down, NFL franchises are starting to pare down their rosters as they prepare for next weeks start to the NFL season.

This year there were three high profile ex-CFLers out there trying to make the cut in the big American league, and this year the alumni were shut out. Interestingly enough all three high profile former CFLers tried out for the same team the New York Jets, all with the same eventual result.

Kenton Keith was the first to feel the blade of Herman Edwards as he was released by the Jets earlier and subsequently rejoined the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Matt Dominguez is another ex CFLer who found himself cleaning out his Jets locker this weekend; the former Rider is reportedly exploring his options, as there is a chance he may be recalled to the Jets roster.

But by far the most interesting NFL cut this year for CFL fans was made Sunday by the Jets, who released Ricky Ray from their roster. Ray became expendable when Quincy Carter was picked up from Dallas to serve as back up to Chad Pennington, leaving Ray as the odd man out.

He is still considered to be Eskimo property and if he is to return to the CFL he would have to return to Edmonton and fill out the terms of his last contract. However, with Jason Maas presently leading the Eskimos with some amazing stats it would be hard to believe that the Esks would be inclined to make a change heading into the stretch before the playoffs.

It makes for one of those scenarios where the rich only get richer, as the Esks can collect QB’s and then make a trade to shore up any weak spots before the playoffs. The only question is who would they send off and how fast that could come back to haunt them. But then that’s why President Hugh Campbell makes the big money.

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