The Charleston Hughes trade feels like another Rider manoeuvre that could pay high dividends. Calgary Stampeder brass probably choked on their collective coffee last Friday when Hamilton flipped the former cowtown quarterback chaser to Saskatchewan within moments of his acquisition.
Hughes said all the right things in his Mosaic Stadium media meet and greet sounding pumped about playing for what he calls a Grey Cup contender, but what else is he going to say?
Hughes is 34, with ten years CFL experience, ten years of quality experience and should make a huge contribution to a Rider defence that could have used a timely sack on Ricky Ray in the Eastern final. Hughes did lead the CFL with 11-sacks in 2017.
Hughes has played for winners, two Grey Cup champions to be specific and hopefully brings that knowledge to a Rider locker room that appears to be on the cusp of cup contention.
With Hughes and quarterback Zach Collaros as key new additions, 2018 is already looking very interesting indeed in Riderville.