The Ottawa Redblacks have pulled off one of the more notable trades of this offseason, sending veteran receiver Maurice Price to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in exchange for the Riders' 2016 seventh-round draft pick and an exchange of sixth-round picks. From the Redblacks' perspective, this makes a lot of sense; while Price had 58 catches for 603 yards this season, that put him well behind their quartet of 1,000-yard receivers (Chris Williams, Greg Ellingson, Ernest Jackson, and Brad Sinopoli, all of whom are scheduled to return this coming season), and that was problematic given his salary (reportedly north of $150,000). Price was expendable in Ottawa given that receiver depth, that production and that price, anda seventh-round pick and a sixth-round swap isn't a bad return for him. In fact, it looks like they may have been set to release him outright before this deal, so a free pick and a better pick in the sixth is much better than nothing:
Price's arrival in Ottawa this past offseason sparked high hopes, and justifiably so. He was acquired in exchange for linebacker Jasper Simmons, the Redblacks' inaugural MVP, and receiver Dan Buckner, and there was plenty of hope that he could combine with free-agent pickups Ellingson, Jackson and Sinopoli to fix Ottawa's initially-woeful receiving corps.. Price was known for his big-play ability and his outside speed, which made him look like an excellent piece to give the Redblacks' attack another dimension. He also had past history with Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris from their time together in Calgary. However, soon after they brought in Price, the Redblacks were able to sign Chris Williams after he returned from the NFL, and he filled that role even better. Picking up Williams (which they may not have anticipated when they added Price) made Price somewhat expendable. As Santino Filoso writes at Defend The R, Price didn't ever quite fit in to the Ottawa offence:Read More »from Price wasn't right for the Redblacks. What about for the Roughriders?