It's the end of another chapter in Riderville. In a move that was anticipated all week after the acquisition of QB Michael Bishop, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have now released veteran quarterback Marcus Crandell.
It was a move that Riders brass made after two straight losses, including a 27-10 loss at the hands of the division rival Edmonton Eskimos. It would be mere speculation to guess the reason the Riders chose to go in this direction, but at first glance it was not a popular choice.
In his fourth season as a Rider quarterback, Crandell had a profound impact on the quarterbacking core in Saskatchewan. He is a real team player, and always supportive of the other quarterbacks in the system.
That includes Darian Durant, who has been in the system for three years working behind Crandell on the depth chart. According to Durant, Crandell was like a brother.
Eric Tillman apparently tried to trade Crandell, which would have allowed him to play under the same contract he signed with the Riders, but there were no takers. He will now have a chance to sign with any team he chooses.
Crandell has been a part of winning teams in all three CFL cities he's played in, icluding two Grey Cups (Calgary, Saskatchewan), and the Grey Cup MVP in 2001 with the Stampeders.
With his winning experience, and injuries playing an impact in the later months of the CFL season, it shouldn't be long before Crandell signs on elsewhere. If Casey Printers is out for an extended time, don't be surprised if Crandell ends up in the black and gold.
Marcus Cradell has been a class act in every city he's played in, and will be missed in the city of green and white.