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RotoWire AnalysisWashington 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.
RotoWire AnalysisMurray-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.
RotoWire AnalysisHarty 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.
RotoWire AnalysisFuller 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.
RotoWire AnalysisCriner 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.
RotoWire AnalysisVan 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.
RotoWire AnalysisFajardo 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.
RotoWire AnalysisMorris 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.
RotoWire AnalysisAfter 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.
RotoWire AnalysisWhite 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.
RotoWire AnalysisBoth 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.
RotoWire AnalysisBaines 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.
RotoWire AnalysisHamilton 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.
RotoWire AnalysisWilly, 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.
RotoWire AnalysisWatson 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.
RotoWire AnalysisMessam 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.
RotoWire AnalysisFeoli-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.
RotoWire AnalysisMoore 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.
RotoWire AnalysisHaidara 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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|Jean-Christophe Beaulieu||Lower Body||5/20/2018|
|Travon Van||Lower Body||5/20/2018|
|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|