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Kyle Graves    Toronto Argonauts

RotoWire Analysis

Graves spent the last three seasons in Montreal and caught just two passes for 19 yards across 34 games played. He'll provide the Argonauts with depth at wide receiver but will primarily make his mark on special teams.
S.J. Green    Toronto Argonauts    Injured Reserve    Knee
Green (knee) was traded from the Alouettes to the Argonauts on Thursday in exchange for a 2017 sixth-round draft selection along with a conditional pick in the 2018 CFL Draft.

RotoWire Analysis

Green will now team up with a former division foe, projected to provide a veteran presence in Toronto after his 2016 campaign was shortened due to a season-ending knee injury. He has spent the past 10 years with the Alouettes, notching 444 receptions for 6,626 yards and 42 scores in 116 career games. Green's offseason workload in the near future will be limited as he continues to recover, but he'll likely compete for the top slotback spot for the Argonauts upon his return to full activity.
Gary Chambers    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Chambers signed a contract with the Tiger-Cats on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

Chambers spent his collegiate career with Arizona State, finishing his senior campaign in 2015 with 26 receptions for 486 yards and two touchdowns. He's since taken part in a few NFL training camps, but was never able to make a regular season roster and will now head to the CFL to test his luck with the Tiger-Cats. He'll be another option on the outside, but it remains to be seen what type of role he'll have.
Jeremy Stewart    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Stewart signed with the Tiger-Cats on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

Stewart spent time in the NFL previously, playing three seasons, two of which came with the Oakland Raiders, while his final campaign was with the Denver Broncos in 2014. He should provide the Tiger-Cats with another option in the backfield, although the team is sure to hold an active competition for a starter's role until someone separates themselves from the pack.
TJ Thorpe    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Thorpe signed with the Blue Bombers on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

Thorpe was most recently with the Washington Redskins of the NFL before being cut before last season began. He was a member of the North Carolina Tar Heels during his collegiate career, during which he hauled in five touchdowns while setting a school record for kick return yards. Thorpe should help the Blue Bombers on special teams due to his returning abilities.
S.J. Green    Montreal Alouettes    Injured Reserve    Knee
Green (knee) has attended but not participated in practices this week, Didier Ormejuste of RDS Sports reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Green tore his ACL last season and underwent surgery to repair his knee in August. He appears to be in danger of missing the start of the season, though he's expected to return at some point in the year.
Nate Coehoorn    Edmonton Eskimos    Out    Arm
Coehoorn (arm) announced his retirement from the CFL on Sunday via his personal Instagram account.

RotoWire Analysis

The 30-year-old Coehoorn admitted he probably still has a few more years left in him but health concerns and a diminished passion for the game led him to hang up the cleats. The No. 5 selection in the 2011 draft will end his professional career with 211 receptions for 2,376 yards and six touchdowns in 91 games spread across six seasons, all of which he spent with the Eskimos.
Logan Kilgore    Free Agent
Kilgore was released by the Argonauts on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

Kilgore played in seven games for Toronto in the 2016 season, completing 63 of 114 passes for 728 yards with two touchdowns and 10 interceptions. After winning the season opener, the Argos dropped their next six matchups, leading to his backup designation for the remainder of the season.
Tory Harrison    Free Agent    Out    Achilles
Harrison (Achilles) was released by the Stampeders on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

Harrison's season ended early in 2016 after he tore his Achilles. He finished the year with 22 yards and two touchdown on 52 carries while adding 78 yards receiving on 12 receptions. Roy Finch saw an increased role as backup running back to starter Jerome Messam in Harrison's absence and could see an increased role in 2017.
Ryan Smith    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Smith has announced his retirement from the CFL.

RotoWire Analysis

Smith, who is only in his mid-20s, posted 106 yards and two touchdowns in the final game with Winnipeg in the Western semifinal. He was not the primary target for the Blue Bombers, but finished with just under 500 yards in the regular season.
Brandon Whitaker    Toronto Argonauts
Whitaker re-signed with the Argonauts on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

Whitaker was an East Division All Star in 2016, amassing 1558 total yards and seven touchdowns in 18 regular season games. The eight-year CFL running back also recorded 189 carries, good for third in the league, and his 1009 rushing yards were second only to Calgary's Jerome Messam. Whitaker will look to put together another strong season in 2017.
Jarvis Turner    Edmonton Eskimos
Turner agreed to a contract with the Eskimos on Tuesday, Dave Campbell of 630 CHED reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Turner signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent, but a finger injury kept him from landing a roster spot with Washington. The 23-year-old should be an option at receiver and kick returner for the Eskimos next season.
James Wilder    Toronto Argonauts
Wilder inked a deal with the Argonauts on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Wilder spent time with the Bills and Bengals in the NFL before being signed by the Argonauts. He racked up 1363 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns during his 39-game college tenure at Florida State.
Cierre Wood    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Wood signed with the Tiger-Cats on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

The 26-year-old spent time with the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans in the NFL, but he only managed to log 12 yards on five carries. That being said, his youth and professional experience could help him carve out a role in Hamilton's backfield.
Alex Green    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Green signed with the Tiger-Cats on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

The 28-year-old has a good amount of professional experience to his name, producing 510 rushing yards on 149 attempts in 29 NFL games with the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets. Green's experience and decent size (6-foot-2, 22 pounds) could help him garner a decent role in the Ticats offense.
Vince Young    Saskatchewan Roughriders
Young will sign with Saskatchewan, The Sporting News reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Young last played in the NFL in 2011, playing in six games and completing just under 58 percent of his passes. He threw four touchdowns and nine interceptions in that time. He could officially be introduced by the team as early as Thursday.
Mike Miller    Free Agent
Miller was released by the Eskimos on Wednesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Miller suffered a neck injury in Week 16 but make a return two weeks later after a bye, so that injury should be completely behind him now four months later. The 27-year-old fullback did not record a rush or reception over six seasons with the Eskimos.
Ricky Ray    Toronto Argonauts
According to head coach Marc Trestman, Ray will enter the 2017 season as the Argonauts unopposed starter.

RotoWire Analysis

Ray played only nine games in 2016 due to injuries, but still managed to pass for 2,397 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is 37 years old, however, and at some point the Argonauts will need to find his replacement. Drew Willy was tested out at some points last season, and there is movement amongst some of those close to the team to acquire Johnny Manziel. Regardless of these rumors, Ray will take the wheel as the Argonauts starter in 2017.
Douglas McNeil    BC Lions
McNeil re-signed with the Lions on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

McNeil spent the 2016 season on the team's practice roster during the CFL's expansion period, but didn't see any time with the big club in any regular season contests. He's set to remain with the Lions moving forward, although it remains to be seen how big of a role he'll be able to carve out in a BC offense that yielded two 1,000 yard receivers just a season ago.
Josh Harris    BC Lions
Harris re-signed with the Lions on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

Harris joined the Lions late last season, but ended up remaining on the team's practice roster for the duration of the 2016 campaign. He'll remain with the Lions moving forward and is expected to act as the team's backup tailback to starter Jeremiah Johnson, which could limit his carries on most nights.
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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Marquay McDaniel Shoulder 5/28/2017
Greg Wilson Undisclosed 6/1/2017
Nick Moore Knee 6/1/2017
Joe West Undisclosed 6/1/2017
Anthony Barrett Undisclosed 6/1/2017
Nate Coehoorn Arm 6/1/2017
Matt Coates Undisclosed 6/1/2017
Spencer Moore Leg 6/1/2017
Levi Steinhauer Undisclosed 6/1/2017
Thomas DeMarco Undisclosed 6/1/2017
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return
Marquay McDaniel Calgary May 2017
Greg Wilson Calgary June 2017
Nick Moore BC June 2017
Joe West Calgary June 2017
Anthony Barrett Edmonton June 2017
Nate Coehoorn Edmonton June 2017
Spencer Moore Saskatchewan June 2017
Levi Steinhauer Saskatchewan June 2017
Thomas DeMarco Edmonton June 2017
Jake Waters Saskatchewan June 2017
Jonathan Crompton June 2017
Brock Jensen Ottawa June 2017
Cody Fajardo Toronto June 2017
Shaquille Murray-Lawrence BC June 2017
Tory Harrison June 2017
Ross Scheuerman Hamilton June 2017
Da'Rel Scott Hamilton June 2017
Wayne Moore Montreal June 2017
Tyrell Sutton Montreal June 2017
William Powell Ottawa June 2017
Curtis Steele June 2017
Matt Walter Saskatchewan June 2017
Mike Jones Hamilton June 2017
Luke Tasker Hamilton June 2017
Chris Williams BC June 2017
Shamawd Chambers Edmonton June 2017
Ricky Collins Saskatchewan June 2017
Kendial Lawrence Edmonton June 2017
Naaman Roosevelt Saskatchewan June 2017
Gerrard Sheppard Winnipeg June 2017
Armanti Edwards Saskatchewan June 2017
Mossis Madu Ottawa June 2017
Everett Golson Hamilton June 2017
Da'Rick Rogers Toronto June 2017
Kevin Fogg Winnipeg June 2017
Tristan Jackson Ottawa June 2017
Troy Stoudermire Edmonton June 2017
Jeff Fuller Toronto June 2017
Marcus Henry Montreal June 2017
S.J. Green Toronto June 2017
Andy Fantuz Hamilton August 2017