In a salary cap world, you can’t make everybody happy. This is a fact. Given that, John Hufnagel’s done a pretty good job in keeping the core of the Calgary Stampeders intact. With more than two dozen of his players eligible for free agency at the end of last season, Huf crunched the numbers, scanned the depth chart, and locked up almost everyone he needed to.
The defensive line will stay pretty much intact with Charleston Hughes, Cordarro Law, Quinn Smith and Micah Johnson all extending. Kickers Rene Paredes and Rob Maver will be back, along with special teamers like Adam Thibault and Charlie Power. Bo Levi Mitchell still has Kamar Jorden and Marquay McDaniel to throw to, and Pierre Lavertu to protect him.
Of those on the way out, some leave by their own choice, others because their time here has run out. Derek Dennis is looking to cash in on his outstanding season. Glenn Love wants to be a starter. Fair enough. It’s the guys like Joe West and Brandon Boudreaux you feel for. Players who gave it their all, but because of injuries and bad luck could never establish themselves in the long term.
Change is the only constant in sports. But given the situation he faced going in, John Hufnagel has ensured that for the Stamps, it’ll be more of a reload than a rebuild.