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Corey Washington    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Washington has signed a contract with the Blue Bombers.

RotoWire Analysis

Washington played four years of collegiate football in the United States between Georgia Military and Newberry. He totaled 2,396 yards on 147 receptions, including 34 touchdowns. He began his professional career latching on with the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2014, subsequently spending time on various NFL practice squads.
Stephen Adekolu    Free Agent
Adekolu agreed to re-sign with the Alouettes on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Adekolu joined the team last August, suiting up for five games but failing to record any statistics. Since joining the CFL in 2014, he's made three career receptions for 42 yards.
Shaquille Murray-Lawrence    Montreal Alouettes
Murray-Lawrence signed a contract with the Alouettes on Monday, Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Murray-Lawrence spent his first three seasons in the CFL with the Lions, posting career numbers of 47 rushes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. He ended up playing just five games during the 2017 campaign due to injuries suffered in car accident in September, but it appears he should be back to full strength after signing with the Alouettes. With Tyrell Sutton re-signing in Montreal, he should be slated for workhorse duties once again, which will likely leave Murray-Lawrence fighting for carries as a reserve.
Jake Harty    Saskatchewan Roughriders
Updating a previous report, Harty will sign a contract with the Roughriders.

RotoWire Analysis

Harty originally agreed to a deal to sign with Montreal, but it apparently fell through and he'll now join Saskatchewan instead. The 27-year-old, former 10th overall pick should provide depth on the outside, while also adding some help on special teams where needed. During the 2017 campaign with Ottawa, Harty finished with 27 receptions for 226 yards and one touchdown.
Jeff Fuller    Toronto Argonauts
Fuller re-signed with the Argonauts on Sunday.

RotoWire Analysis

Fuller is set to remain with Toronto for a second straight season after finishing the 2017 campaign with 24 receptions for 287 yards and a touchdown. The 27-year-old should slot in as depth on the outside once again in what will be his sixth year in the CFL.
Juron Criner    Edmonton Eskimos
Criner signed a one-year deal with the Eskimos on Friday.

RotoWire Analysis

Criner has spent the last two season with the Redblacks, catching 30 passes for 470 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games over those years. Criner will be the first step the Eskimos take in replacing star wideout Brandon Zylstra, who left for the NFL.
Travon Van    Edmonton Eskimos    Injured Reserve    Lower Body
Van signed a contract with the Eskimos on Friday.

RotoWire Analysis

Van played in just six games in Edmonton last season before suffering a lower-body injury that would ultimately leave him sidelined for the rest of the year. His signing, however, suggests that Van will be ready for the upcoming season, and considering he rushed 71 times for 283 yards and three touchdowns before the injury, he should be in line to compete for the starting tailback job.
Cody Fajardo    BC Lions
Fajardo signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

Fajardo has spent the last few seasons with the Argonauts as a backup and owns career numbers of 261 passing yards and four touchdowns across 26 games. He also can get it done on the ground, rushing 80 times for 329 yards and eight touchdowns over the last few seasons. After reportedly fielding multiple offers in free agency, he's opted to join the Lions and should once again provide some steady relief off the bench when needed behind incumbent starter Jonathon Jennings.
Greg Morris    Toronto Argonauts
Morris elected to sign a contract with the Argonauts on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

Morris spent the past two seasons with the Roughriders, operating as a reserve running back and as a returner on special teams. He finished the 2017 campaign carrying the ball 14 times for 66 yards, but made more of an impact as a return man, taking back 32 kicks for 732 yards (22.9 AVG). He should do more of the same despite the change of scenery, likely contributing most a special teams ace for the Argonauts.
Rory Kohlert    Edmonton Eskimos
Kohlert agreed to a contract with the Eskimos on Thursday, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.

RotoWire Analysis

After spending the first five years of his career with Winnipeg, Kohlert signed with Calgary for the 2017 campaign, where he played in 15 games and pulled in seven receptions for 77 yards. Kohlert will now join his third team in three years in hopes of securing a larger role, though at this point, he projects merely as depth at wideout for the Eskimos.
John White    Edmonton Eskimos    Injured Reserve    Knee
White (knee) re-signed with the Eskimos on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

White suffered a season-ending ACL tear in early July of last season, but the Eskimos have elected to still bring their No. 1 backfield option back for another year. It's unclear exactly where White is in the recovery process, but if fully healthy by the start of the season, chances are he'll return to the top of the depth chart.
Jake Harty    Montreal Alouettes
Harty signed with the Alouettes on Wednesday, Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Both sides appear to be waiting on a physical, but it looks as if the three-year vet will be moving to Montreal in 2018. Harty appeared in 18 games for Ottawa last season and hauled in 27 receptions for 226 yards and one touchdown.
Mitchell Baines    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Baines signed a contract to join the Blue Bombers on Wednesday, Ed Tait of BlueBombers.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Baines spent parts of last season on both Saskatchewan and Hamilton, though only took the field for Hamilton. With the Tiger-Cats, he caught four passes for 33 yards across three appearances.
Johnny Manziel    Free Agent
Manziel isn't expected to sign a contract with Hamilton in the near future after posting Wednesday on his personal Twitter account that he would resume his football career by taking part in The Spring League, a scouting and showcase event based in Austin, Texas.

RotoWire Analysis

Hamilton had maintained negotiation rights with Manziel after the CFL approved the 25-year-old quarterback for a 2018 contract back in December. Manziel's agent had previously established a deadline of Jan. 31 to reach agreement on a contract with Hamilton, but the two sides were never believed to be especially close on a deal. Perhaps in an attempt to bolster his bargaining power with Hamilton or attract renewed interest from NFL teams, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner will look to impress observers in The Spring League, which runs from March 28 through mid-April. For now, Jeremiah Masoli looks to be unchallenged as the Tiger-Cats' top signal caller entering 2018 after inking a two-year contract extension in January.
Drew Willy    Montreal Alouettes
The Alouettes announced Wednesday that Willy was re-signed on a one-year contract.

RotoWire Analysis

Willy, who appeared in 12 games and made two starts for Montreal in 2017, will likely slot in as the backup to 2009 NFL first-round pick Josh Freeman, who the Alouettes signed to a two-year deal in January. If Freeman fails to pick up the intricacies of the Canadian game quickly or his conditioning proves to be an issue in his first snaps in a competitive setting since 2015, Willy would make for a quality insurance option, given that he's made 88 appearances during his previous six seasons in the CFL.
Cory Watson    BC Lions
Watson agreed to a one-year contract with the Lions on Wednesday, Jaime Cartmell of the Lions' official website reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Watson will enter his ninth CFL season in 2018 and has spent the past three seasons with Edmonton. Over his career, he's played in 115 games, collecting 3,331 yards and 13 touchdowns on 290 receptions.
Jerome Messam    Saskatchewan Roughriders
Messam signed a one-year contract with the Roughriders on Wednesday, 3downnation.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Messam put together a pair of solid campaigns with Calgary in recent years, topping 1,000 yards on the ground in both seasons while combining for 21 total touchdowns. He did spend two years with the Roughriders in 2014-15, but wasn't able to secure a regular role with the team. Looking ahead, he will compete with Cameron Marshall and Trent Richardson in the Saskatchewan backfield, but should be able to carve out a solid role this time around.
Julian Feoli-Gudino    Ottawa Redblacks
Feoli-Gudino agreed to a one-year deal with the Redblacks on Wednesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Feoli-Gudino spent the last four seasons with the Blue Bombers. He posted career highs in receptions (45), yards (462) and touchdowns (3) last season, and should add more depth to Ottawa's wide receiving corps.
Spencer Moore    Saskatchewan Roughriders
Moore inked a two-year contract with the Roughriders on Tuesday, Ian Hamilton of Riderville.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Moore doesn't provide much from an offensive standpoint, only catching seven passes for 85 yards in his 2017 campaign. He should resume his role as a fullback and special teams player for the Roughriders, but doesn't possess many intriguing qualities from a fantasy standpoint.
Seydou Junior Haidara    Montreal Alouettes
Haidara signed a one-year contract with the Alouettes on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Haidara appeared in all 16 games for the Alouettes in 2017, but he mainly served as a depth receiver for the club. He finished the campaign with only five grabs for 28 yards last season and will likely resume his role as a depth wideout for Montreal next season.
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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Jean-Christophe Beaulieu Lower Body 5/20/2018
Travis Lulay Knee 5/20/2018
Matt Nichols Calf 5/20/2018
John White Knee 5/20/2018
Mercer Timmis Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Anthony Woodson Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Travon Van Lower Body 5/20/2018
Brandon Whitaker Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Lemar Durant Knee 5/20/2018
Bryant Mitchell Undisclosed 5/20/2018
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return
Jean-Christophe Beaulieu Montreal May 2018
Travis Lulay BC May 2018
Matt Nichols Winnipeg May 2018
John White Edmonton May 2018
Mercer Timmis Hamilton May 2018
Anthony Woodson May 2018
Travon Van Edmonton May 2018
Brandon Whitaker May 2018
Lemar Durant Calgary May 2018
Bryant Mitchell Edmonton May 2018
Giovanni Aprile Hamilton May 2018
Andy Fantuz Hamilton May 2018
Terrence Toliver Hamilton May 2018
Alex Charette Toronto May 2018
Greg Ellingson Ottawa May 2018
Damarr Aultman Hamilton May 2018
Kendial Lawrence May 2018
Kenny Shaw Ottawa May 2018
Darvin Adams Winnipeg May 2018
Quincy McDuffie Ottawa May 2018
LaDarius Perkins Edmonton May 2018
Alex Carroll May 2018
Marquise Williams Saskatchewan May 2018
Cameron Marshall Saskatchewan May 2018
Antwane Grant Saskatchewan May 2018
Dakota Prukop Toronto May 2018
Willie Quinn Hamilton May 2018
Dominique Williams Calgary May 2018
Danny Collins Ottawa May 2018
Trent Richardson Saskatchewan May 2018
Dontre Wilson BC May 2018