Mike Beamish of the Vancouver Sun has THIS blog item on 32-year-old journeyman quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan, whose signing was announced by the Riders today.
O’Sullivan’s age may raise eyebrows, but is it really a big deal. He is younger than two quarterbacks who were CFL backups last season — Jarious Jackson (formerly of B.C., now with Toronto) and Kerry Joseph (Edmonton Eskimos). Not only that, the Riders employed 30-year-old Ryan Dinwiddie as a backup in 2011, and once had 30-something Marcus Crandell as a backup.
Interesting day on Thursday. The release of defensive tackle Dario Romero was surprising because of its timing (although those moves can happen even closer to training camp, as Chris Szarka can attest). Romero was solid last season, but his release is survivable.
One highlight of the day: The Riders announced the signing of defensive back Macho Harris, who already has one of the great names in franchise history (see also: Boo Robinson).
Ian Hamilton has three stories on the runway: (1) Dario Romero released, with quotes from Romero; (2) Update on next week’s mini-camp; (3) Update on Odell Willis.
My column is on the dearth of offensive tackles and, especially, the lack of a proven left tackle. The release of Clint Oldenburg, who was touted as the likely successor to Alex Gauthier, creates a 300-pound question mark for the Riders. More signings are expected soon, though.
Back to the NHL playoffs …