Riders trade wide receiver Adarius Bowman


Import wide receiver Adarius Bowman was part of a three-way trade between the Roughriders, Blue Bombers and Tiger-Cats

Import wide receiver Adarius Bowman was part of a three-way trade between the Roughriders, Blue Bombers and Tiger-Cats

Photograph by: Shaughn Butts, Edmonton Journal files

REGINA -- According to Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Ken Miller, general manager Eric Tillman had been working for “a considerable period of time” on a trade that was announced Wednesday.

He had to have been — just to keep track of all of its twists and turns.

Following a convoluted three-way transaction, the CFL’s Roughriders wound up with one warm body (offensive tackle Jordan Rempel, who hails from Caronport) and a 2009 draft pick (the ninth overall selection) from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and the list rights to one player (North Dakota State University running back Tyler Roehl, an import) and at least one future draft pick from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“It gives us an opportunity to have an earlier pick in this year’s draft and then we get to add to our young Canadian talent in Jordan Rempel, another player from the province,” Miller said. “That’s an important consideration for us.”

Before Wednesday, the Roughriders had just one pick, the 22nd overall, in the May 2 Canadian college draft.

In the deal with the Bombers — which was announced first — the Roughriders acquired import offensive tackle Dan Goodspeed, the rights to Roehl, a fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft, and a fifth-round pick in the ’11 or ’12 draft.

The Roughriders also get to choose from these options: They can swap first-round picks with Winnipeg in either the 2010 or 2011 draft, or, if not, Saskatchewan will receive two future second-round draft picks from Winnipeg.

The swap is a result of uncertainty about Winnipeg’s first-rounder in 2010. The pick could end up being sent to the Edmonton Eskimos as compensation for quarterback Stefan LeFors, whom Winnipeg obtained earlier in the offseason. If LeFors has a big year, the Bombers’ first-rounder in 2010 will go to Edmonton, leaving the Roughriders with the option of swapping first-rounders with Winnipeg in 2011 or taking the Bombers’ second-rounders in 2010 and 2012.

In exchange, the Bombers got import receiver Adarius Bowman, non-import offensive lineman Jean Francois Morin-Roberge, non-import defensive back Brady Browne, the rights to a player from the Roughriders’ negotiation list (University of Utah quarterback Brian Johnson), Saskatchewan’s sixth-round pick in 2010 and its fifth-rounder in 2012.

As a CFL rookie last season, Bowman had 23 receptions for 358 yards and three touchdowns. Miller said the 23-year-old Bowman was expendable due to the presence on the roster of players like Jason Clermont, Carl Berman, Gerran Walker and Chris Jones.

Saskatchewan then dealt Goodspeed — a CFL all-star in each of the past two seasons — and the fifth-rounder in ’09 to Hamilton for Rempel and the ’09 second-rounder.

“That was really a close call,” Miller said when asked if Saskatchewan had considered keeping Goodspeed. “But we think we have strong offensive tackles in the guys that we have on our roster.

“The fact that we may only play one American tackle and the fact that Goodspeed is a fairly high-priced player and probably a free agent in a year, those things kind of fit in together — and we also get a young player who may be a Rider for the duration of his career.”

Rempel, a 6-foot-6, 322-pound product of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, was Hamilton’s second-round pick (12th overall) in 2007. He dressed in 11 games for the Tiger-Cats last season.

He becomes the ninth Saskatchewan-born player on the Roughriders’ roster, joining Clermont, receiver Chris Getzlaf, running backs Stu Foord and Neal Hughes, offensive linemen Joe McGrath and Gene Makowsky, and defensive linemen Scott Schultz and Mike Stadnyk.

“I don’t know that you can say that you ever have enough local talent,” Miller said. “Some people may think that we’ve addressed it with other people, but I think when you look at this from a future perspective, not just this season but 2010 or 2011, it makes sense.”



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Import wide receiver Adarius Bowman was part of a three-way trade between the Roughriders, Blue Bombers and Tiger-Cats

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Photograph by: Shaughn Butts, Edmonton Journal files


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April 03, 2009 - 2:39 PM
 RON YOUR AN IDIOT - there somebody said it.
April 03, 2009 - 12:47 PM
 RON--- DID ANYONE EVER TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE AN "IDIOT" ? What do you mean in saying that Tillman is slowely dismantling the team ? Explain that statment, if you can. Can't you see that he, &others with the Riders are building the team not only for now, but for the future as well ?????? Look what has happened in Hamilton. Theye idn't lok @ the futyre of the club, & are trying to build now, instead of doing so all along. Do you want a bottom place team again, & for quite a few years down the road ? I guess, by the child like statments you make that you do. Go cheer for Calgary, or are you doing that already. I am guessing that you are.
April 03, 2009 - 1:12 AM
 Wow, the Riders wind up with a second string offensive lineman. By the way has it ever occurred to anyone out there why the Loins dumped Jason Clermont, yes that's right he doesn't have it anymore. Typical MO of Eric Tillman come in and win a Grey Cup then slowly dismantle a team until theirs nothing left of it then get let go.
Ryan In Regina
April 02, 2009 - 2:23 PM

Great job, for the most part. Bowman had to go but Goodspeed would've been good to keep, we ended up with a lower calibre OT in Rempel, but alas..he was more afordable. ... I am still unsure after all the comments from the Rider Nation, the Vegas Odds makers and the CFL public over the past month - why the people in charge of this team are not pursuing a starting pivot?

April 02, 2009 - 1:47 PM
 I'm not sure why everyone keeps touting that we have so much depth at reciever? Yes, we have oodles at the inside with Clermont, Fantuz, Dressler etc.. but the last I checked there is now "no one" of any consequence to play wide reciever. With Dominguez only a dim possibility, who do we have? No disrespect to Rob Bagg, Corey Grant, Gerran Walker etc who all did admirable jobs due to the massive injury situation last year, but starting a year fresh I had really hoped we could move ahead in that position. Maybe one of the new rookie signings will work out, but I wouldn't bet the house on it. Bowman had his difficulties but there is such an up side to him. Home grown talent and the o-line are great but I think we're okay there now. We need at least one potentially great wide out.
Kevin S.
April 02, 2009 - 12:26 PM
  Trades will be trades. Player chemistry can also be a developer of fine talent. The RIDERS are deep in receiver talent. QB, wait and see. Future consideration is what it is, NOT REBUILDING! I feel that SASK RIDERS will be competitive this year. I don't agree with odds makers. Rider Fan forever. Calgary still SUCKS! Early Season Ticket sales appear to indicate another fine year at the Gate. Riders will DO WELL in 2009. Minimal injuries. Perhaps a Contract Extension for DRESSLER.
sportin woody
April 02, 2009 - 12:19 PM

Remember the most important positions on any football team, is the offensive linemen. PROTECT THE QUARTERBACK !!. That daruis bowman, will be an all star in this league, is in no doubt. The riders have a great recievers, and good depth. Now we have depth and quality as always with our linemen. All in all it is a good trade when you think of what the riders are doing under centre. To keep our young QBs looking down the field, you need great linemen to keep the defence off darius' a--. Does it look the riders are rebuilding.? sure they are, this is all long term, not we "we gotta git er done" this year. We are ranked with the bombers as the longest shots to make the Grey Cup. Well the riders I am sure will surprise some people, like FIK AND DION Now that the rider fans are getting into that whole OH MY GOD WE ARE IN TROUBLE mode like every year, calm down.. The ESKS look real good this year, and they have a great coach, our great loss, life goes on, the riders will challenge, and we will be in the playoffs...............GO GREEN.......it good for the environment.

April 02, 2009 - 11:46 AM
 Joe said: "Maybe it has something to do with the gay giant footballs we use in the CFL". The CFL used to have a larger ball than the NFL, when we were using the Spalding J5V. Now, however, both leagues use the exact same Wilson football. The only difference between them is that the CFL ball has white stripes painted on it. The dimensions are identical.
April 02, 2009 - 11:46 AM
 JOE- every thing is BIGGER in Canda, there's nothing "gay" about it. Guess the BIG BALLS don't fit in your girly hands ! GO RIDERS GO CFL
April 02, 2009 - 11:05 AM

I don't really like this trade.  It's not a "make or break" deal either way, but I don't see any short term benefits and i definitely see Bowman haunting us long term.  You people who are on him for dropping passes in his rookie year....umm, remember Jamal Richardson, remember Derek Alexander.  Maybe it has something to do with the gay giant footballs we use in the CFL.

April 02, 2009 - 10:56 AM
 Trading Bowman was no surprise @ all. The Riders are loaded with quality receivers. He looked good @ times lst year, but was way to inconsistant. GOOD TRADE TILLMAN. I wIsh him al the best of luck, except for when the "BUMBERS "play the "RIDERS". //s// "GO-GETTEM-RIDERS".
April 02, 2009 - 10:28 AM

I like the trade. We are very deep in receivers, especially with Jason Clermont coming home. I guess the question some ask is "will Bowman become a big star on another team?" a la Jamel Richardson in Montreal. I don't think so, but even if he gets better, so what? We get a good solid O line guy that won't threaten to bolt to another team for 100 more bucks every 3 years. The same gnashing of teeth whenever we trade anyone is quite amusing. Then when the trade ends up working out pretty well for the team,  those same people will tell anyone who listens that they "knew" all the time that the trade was a good one. Probably the very same people who predicted an entite team collapse when the Riders hired Kent Austin to be a head coach for the first time...lol.

April 02, 2009 - 10:13 AM
 That's a great picture they chose to use in this story. It exemplifies what Bowman looked like all year. Quarterback throws ball, ball hits hands, ball hits ground..... Another good trade. Keep up the great work guys!
April 02, 2009 - 9:40 AM
 Remember, every team has to rebuild, some organizations do it better than others, on an on going basis. I think the Riders have become much better in the past 3 yrs at rotating talent in and out of the roster. Watching this happen is not easy , and definately not for the week knee'd with no chin !!! You know who you are. (NDP voting ,union loving, afraid of change type crybabies)
April 02, 2009 - 9:28 AM
 Hey Dave it looks like you have been a real hit on the site!!!!
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