It might be as close as anyone will come in the Canadian Football League to crossing the floor.
Being traded from the Eskimos to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday morning, Ricardo Colclough will already be with his new team when his new-old team (still following?) takes the field on Saturday at Ivor Wynne Stadium. It will be a strange feeling for all parties involved when Edmonton and Hamilton line up to try to put their respective losing streaks to an end.
Colclough, who suited up in two games as a defensive back for Edmonton, was dealt to Hamilton for offensive fullback Darcy Brown. As part of the deal, Edmonton also gave up its sixth-round pick in the 2015 CFL draft.
Brown went sixth overall in the 2009 CFL draft and played 36 games for the Ti-Cats at fullback, making 13 catches for 173 yards in that time.
“We’re excited to acquire this versatile young Canadian,” Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman said in a press release. “Darcy can play fullback and he can also help us when we go to tight end formations. With Matthieu Bertrand on nine game injured, we feel very good about a Canadian backfield depth, which now includes Calvin McCarty, Jerome Messam and Darcy Brown.
“Of course, to add young talent, a club has to make sacrifices, too. Ricardo is a versatile defensive back who can play halfback, cornerback or even the sam linebacker spot. He is eager to play on a regular basis and we believe Ricardo will get that opportunity in Hamilton. We certainly wish him the very best in the next stage of his CFL career.”
Colclough had six tackles in his two games played with the Eskimos, who have now made three trades in the last two weeks. On Wednesday, they sent kicker Derek Schiavone and two draft picks (first-round and fourth-round in 2013) to Montreal for kicker Brody McKnight. Last week, the Eskimos traded receiver Greg Carr to Saskatchewan for the rights to Canadian offensive lineman Matthew O’Donnell. Tillman is still working at signing O’Donnell, though the six-foot-nine, 340-pounder is believed to be still exploring his NFL options before giving the CFL more serious thought.