In what seems to be a very one sided trade, the Saskatchewan Roughriders acquired import wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez today from the Hamilton Tiger Cats for non-import slotback Adam Nicolson and a third round pick in 2011.
Rodriguez had a stand out rookie season with the Hamilton Tiger Cats as he was named East Division Most Outstanding Rookie two years ago. Rodriguez had 1099 yards and 7 touchdown on 70 receptions in only 14 games. Rodriguez had what some say was a sophomore slump last season as he only had 495 yards and 3 touchdowns but this was due to an injury filled season which lead him to only play 11 games. This however brings us to the biggest knock on his game.
Rodriguez has been said to be injury prone as he has missed 11 games in only two seasons in the league. Despite this, this is still a fantastic trade for the Riders since Adam Nicolson rarely played due to the massive depth at slotback the team has with Weston Dressler, Andy Fantuz, Chris Getzlaf and Jason Clermont.
Adam Nicolson is going into his fifth season in the CFL and has 5 catches for 59 yards and 1 touchdown in his career. Many have said Nicolson has great potential but hasn't really gotten the chance in Saskatchewan and may be able to have a breakout season in Hamilton.
With the addition of Rodriguez and Dominick Dorsey to go along with Weston Dressler, Darian Durant and Andy Fantuz, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have arguably the best offensive attack in the CFL. Those star players will go well with strong role players such as Rob Bagg, Chris Getzlaf, Hugh Charles and Stu Foord as well as a very solid offensive line.
Early on in the off-season, the Roughriders looked like they would be fighting for a playoff spot as they seemed to be losing most of their star players, but with multiple re signings and the new additions of Dorsey and Rodriguez, their potent offense may very well lead them to a first place finish in the West.