After an action-packed first day of CFL free agency on Tuesday, day two did not disappoint. A number of big names found themselves new homes on Wednesday, perhaps letting the opening day dust settle and getting a clearer picture of the marketplace.
In Redblacksland, the day was notable for a couple of free agent losses and one signing. First, the bad news:
Reports indicate @Capy39 has joined #RiderNation today ➡ https://t.co/6kgpzi5oro #CFLFA #CFL pic.twitter.com/h8xGsCzGGH
— CFL (@CFL) February 10, 2016
The signing has since been confirmed. Capicciotti and his 12 sacks will be sorely missed on a DL that has also lost Shawn Lemon (NFL, er SSK) and Keith Shologan (WPG) since the Grey Cup game.
OFFICIAL: #BCLions add RB Jeremiah Johnson to backfield 👊🏾
📝 DEETS: https://t.co/cEX82FOQpD pic.twitter.com/cTMJqNNPiF
— BC Lions (@BCLions) February 10, 2016
After taking over from Chevon Walker as the starting RB at mid-season, JJ emerged as a real difference-maker in the Redblacks offense. In his seven starts (10 games total), Johnson amassed an impressive 448 rushing yards, 267 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He also emerged as a leader in the locker room.
Unfortunately, Johnson’s season would be cut short by a foot injury, and William Powell took over the starting job in early October. It was Powell’s performance the rest of the season and into the playoffs that ultimately made Johnson expendable, as the Canadian ratio makes it difficult for CFL teams to carry two American running backs.
Johnson will be missed. So will his TD celebrations.
#CFLGameDay @isasports @REDBLACKS RB Jeremiah Johnson with his 3rd TD today! #JJ27 #ISAFamily pic.twitter.com/Z52ousSNhM
— Int’l Sports Agency (@isasports) August 30, 2015
Now for the good news:
@REDBLACKS are proud to announce the signing of DE Arnaud Gascon-Nadon @AGN45…welcome/bienvenue to the National Capital and #RNation.
— Marcel Desjardins (@REDBLACKSGM) February 10, 2016
The 27-year-old Gascon-Nadon is a 3-year CFL veteran, originally drafted by Hamilton in 2012 (3rd round, 17th overall). He spent a year at Rice University (2008) before coming back and winning two Vanier Cups (2010 & 2012) at Laval.
As a pro, Gascon-Nadon has appeared in a total of 20 games, though his first start on the Hamilton defensive line was actually in the Eastern Final against Ottawa, filling in for the injured Eric Norwood.
Yes, Ottawa fans only memory of him might be the interception he didn’t make prior to #2ndAnd25, but Gascon-Nadon is not here for his receiving ability. He is a highly regarded DL prospect, who also contributed on special teams in 2015, with 11 tackles.
Another action-packed day in the books for the Redblacks. Here are Ottawa’s remaining unsigned free agents:
QB DeMarco, Thomas
LB Green, James
WR Henry, Marcus
LB Hinds, David
DE Marshall, Andrew
DE Smith, Marlon
DB Thompson, Brandyn
LB/FB Verdone, Jordan
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