Wednesday 10 March 2010

Cates Back in Green

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have brought back Running Back Wes Cates.

This is an interesting signing. I'm not surprised the Riders would bring Cates back. He's a versatile runner, with great hands out of the backfield. While he was the only starting RB in the CFL last season not to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards, he did miss a few games due to injury.

Cates's signing becomes interesting because it leaves the Argos without a top RB. Last season, Jamal Robertson carried the load and became the first RB to rush for over 1,000 for the Argos since Michael Jenkins did it in 2001. Robertson is now a free agent, and the Argos have expressed no interest in retaining his services. The belief was that the Argos would make a run at Cates, but now that he's back in the fold in Rider Nation, that won't be happening. That leaves Robertson as the only viable starting-caliber RB left on the market, unless the Argos trade for someone.

Looks like it will be another long season for the team down the QEW.

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