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Charleston Hughes will be playing in Saskatchewan Roughriders colours next season.
On a day when the entire CFL seemed to go completely and utterly insane, the Stampeders traded one of their all time greats to the Hamilton Tiger Cats, only to see him flipped back west a few hours later when the Ticats dealt Hughes to the Riders.
For the Stamps, the decision to move Hughes was based entirely on salary cap considerations. The 34 year old defensive end was due a big salary in 2018, and with Ja Davis and Cordarro Law available at the position, someone needed to be moved.
In exchange for Hughes, the Stamps received a 2019 fourth round draft pick from the Ticats and exchanged fourth round picks in the 2018 draft, with the Stamps getting the No. 28 pick and the Ticats now selecting at No. 34.
was a tough day at the office no question about it, said Stamps president/GM John Hufnagel. has been a soldier for 10 years he a big part of our winning ways, but it the salary cap era that we in, and I have depth at the defensive end position.
very, very difficult decision, and we just tried to make the right choice. What the right choice? What the wrong choice? We couldn afford as many as we had, and one had to go. It could have been one of the other two. Also, I expect them all to be on the field this year, obviously not in the same uniform, and at the end of the season, I would think that all three would be very close in the results they gotten in terms of getting after the quarterback. Hughes, who signed a deal to stay with the Stampeders last winter, the trade came as a shock.
Speaking to reporters after being traded to the Ticats but before getting dealt to the Riders, Hughes said he understood for a while that football is a business and that one of the Stampeders defensive ends wouldn be back next season.
He just never expected it to be him.
knew there were going to be decisions that were going to have to be made that was a stress the whole year, about cap and stuff, Hughes said. based on how I play and what I bring to the table, I didn think I was going to be that player to be traded. The veteran player was traded Friday from the Stampeders to the Hamilton Tiger Cats and then a few minutes later to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Jim Wells/Postmedia
While the reasons for trading Hughes are understandable, that doesn mean the loss won sting for the Stampeders and their fans.
Forget the fact that he going to the Riders. Even if Hughes had ended up staying with the Ticats, the Stamps still traded away a man who had become one of the faces of the franchise over the decade he was with the team.
After joining the team in 2008, Hughes played 162 games for the Stampeders,
including 15 in the playoffs.
His numbers in that time are staggering.
Hughes recorded 372 defensive tackles, 38 special teams tackles, three interceptions, 23 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and scored one touchdown.
Oh, and he happens to be tied with Will Johnson for the Stampeders all time sack record, with 99 to his name.
you lucky, Hughes said with a laugh. to be even up there with him is an honour. I tied with the franchise record, and to even have that is an accomplishment. legacy with the Stampeders extends far beyond his individual statistics, however.
We talking about a player who was a key piece in one of the greatest eras in Stampeders history even if it ended with fewer Grey Cups than it probably should have.
In his time with the team, Hughes was part of teams that went to five Grey Cups 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and won two. While other star players came and went, Hughes was a constant presence, always terrorizing opposing quarterbacks on the defensive line.
Yes, he 34 years old now, but there are few indications that Hughes is slowing down. He led the CFL in sacks the past two seasons, after all.
not even close to thinking of retiring I still at the top of my game, Hughes said. just led the league in sacks (in) back to back (seasons), and I plan on doing it again this year. whether he was upset about being traded, Hughes reiterated that he believed he was still able to play at an elite level.
my head, coming from me, why would you trade your best defensive lineman? Hughes asked. still feel like I the best defensive end in this league. I feel like (Saskatchewan) has picked up the best defensive end in the league, and, like I said, I will lead the league in sacks next year. POINT
A TSN report says Stamps OL Dan Federkeil is retiring from the CFL. The 34 year old native of Medicine Hat and onetime University of Calgary Dinos star has been with the Stamps since 2013 after four seasons with the NFL Indianapolis Colts followed by an early retirement due to a series of concussions.