Report: Patriots sign another CFL product

Reuters

The Canadian scouting bureau of the Patriots is earning its loonies this month.

The team recently signed defensive lineman Armond Armstead away from the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and it looks like Armstead will have someone to talk to if he gets wistful about using paper money that comes in more than one color. Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have agreed to terms with defensive end/linebacker Jason Vega of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Per the report, the Blue Bombers haven’t released him from his contract yet so nothing’s official, but the deal is believed to be for three years with less guaranteed money than Armstead, who also signed for three years, received. Vega is familiar with the area after going to college at Northeastern and Bedard spoke to a scout who compared Vega to current Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich.

“You see the same kind of stuff that a Ninkovich does. He does show ability to get to the quarterback with a high motor and some pretty good technique,” the scout said. “He’s an OK athlete, like Ninkovich, but he makes plays.”

Looking to our neighbors to the north for pass rush help paid off for the Dolphins. The Patriots seem to be interested in finding out if it there are any more up there like Cameron Wake.

55 responses to “Report: Patriots sign another CFL product

  1. How would they miss the playoffs when their D is getting better and their offense is coming off one of the best years ever?! With a weak af east division its a for sure playoff spot

  2. Very excited about the Armstead signing.Next year the line will look like across Nink, Vince,Armstead, Jones.

    Looks like this guy can rush the passer.

  3. Last time I checked the Steelers were a REAL dynasty. We’ve won two SBs since the Patsies’ last. We embody greatness in every fiber of our being. Deal with it.

  4. eastsideballa says:
    Jan 26, 2013 3:04 PM
    Pats will miss the playoffs next year, their cheating reign is over.

    = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Right. We’ve been hearing that for eight years.

  5. Anyone who says this is desperation is misguided I believe. They do not have a ton of draft picks and are instead signing proven players from a wide open pass happy league to fill the gap.

    It seems to be more pragmatic than desperate IMHO and a wise way to trade down draft picks in a weak draft class while getting a return of players.

  6. eastsideballa says:
    Jan 26, 2013 3:04 PM
    Pats will miss the playoffs next year, their cheating reign is over.

    nawlinsmitty says:
    Jan 26, 2013 3:09 PM
    Desperation
    —–

    Don’t we hear this every year?

  7. The steelers were a real dynasty? Lets talk about their roof use in the 70’s & the
    Refs screwing the Seahawks.

  8. Wow! Wasn’t Vega on the Northeastern university squad when they dropped football altogether? Haven’t heard that name in years!!! Good luck Jason! Not a Pats fan but I wish good fortune on anyone coming into the NFL from Canada!

  9. How could the Pats miss the playoffs when 6 of their games are against the likes of Miami, Jets, and Bills? A coiuple more home wins and they at .500 and another ouple road wins and they’re at 10-6 minimum. PLenty to win that division.

  10. Some tough players more focused on football than women and money can come out of Canada. this is happening more and more.

    As for the playoffs for the Pats… they can do almost anything they want with that system they have and still win. On top of being in a pretty week division, they’ve been walking and will walk into the playoffs fairly easily.

  11. eastsideballa says:
    Jan 26, 2013 3:04 PM
    Pats will miss the playoffs next year, their cheating reign is over.

    Another person who is hanging on the cheating. He has to be Jets fan

  12. eastsideballa says:
    Jan 26, 2013 3:04 PM
    Pats will miss the playoffs next year, their cheating reign is over.
    ————————————

    Yes to reign. 8 years and counting. I’m sure Belicheat is still cheating somehow.

  13. benroethlisberger7 says:Jan 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    Last time I checked the Steelers were a REAL dynasty. We’ve won two SBs since the Patsies’ last. We embody greatness in every fiber of our being. Deal with it.
    =========================

    How’s that workin’ out for you this year, Ben?

  14. For the Patriots to miss the playoffs, they need the LOLJets, the Bills, or the Dolphins to seriously challenge them. Do you see any of the three being a contender in 2013? I think not.

  15. “Last time I checked the Steelers were a REAL dynasty. We’ve won two SBs since the Patsies’ last. We embody greatness in every fiber of our being. Deal with it.”

    Last time I checked the Steelers missed the playoffs and there was nothing resembling greatness about them. Getting old and becoming the bottom team of the AFC North. Deal with it.

  16. This may be the most Trolled story ever. We have haters and steelers zealots alike….. OFT commenting has fallen to an all time low

  17. Re: Canadian paper money”

    Canada has and is changing and replacing each of their various denominations to a very thin plastic-like surface bills.

  18. You know U.S. bills sport a variety of colors too now, right? I assume it’s part of the effort to make them harder to counterfeit.

    Maybe Armstead can yearn for the days in which he could pick up a snack at a convenience store and pay with $2 coins.

  19. bleedsoe9mm says:
    Jan 26, 2013 3:19 PM
    lack of draft picks making bb use other ways of filling a spring roster

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    Actually, the Patriots almost always have an undrafted free agent who finds a starting roll. There are plenty of players who never get drafted. Some of these guys could have been great players, but never got the chance.

  20. Brandon Browner and Cam Wake are two standout CFL turned NFL players so New England is probably thinking “12 men in avid passing offenses … let’s get their best defensive players in this pass-first NFL.”

  21. I just realized some of you ppl are just BIG HATERS! You wish your team can make the tournament 10 out of 11 years and the 1 year they missed they were 10-6. I may not like the Pats but I respect the orginazation, they have to be doing something right.

  22. Is there any posts about the pats where one of the commenters doesn’t say anything about the Spygate? That was 6 YEARS AGO! 6 years ago, I couldn’t drive a car in reverse

  23. I live in Winnipeg and am a fan of the Blue Bombers. Good, cheap pickup for the Pats. Comparisons to Ninkovich aren’t necessarily accurate though. He’s more of a long, lean OLB/DE tweener type. Think a less athletic Aldon Smith and you’d get the picture. However, he is a high motor high effort player. He was certainly the only really consistent pass rush threat for the team the past couple seasons. As a run stuffer though, it might leave you less than impressed. Could be a nice situational guy for them though.

  24. I think the Pats are pretty smart by hitting up the CFL. How long will it be before Trestman and the Bears start doing it? And in regards to the Pats not making the playoffs because they are no longer “cheating”, unless they leave the AFC east, they will be in the playoffs for a long time. I just see any SB wins

  25. Belichick is always bringing in guys that make you scratch your head, but they fit his system in lots of cases. Personally, I think he does it to look like a mad genius. And I’m Not a big fan of him or his poor sportsmanship…

  26. Still one of the youngest teams in the league. Everyone else in the league is sleeping. That’s why they make the playoffs every year. Moves like this…

  27. The chances of a CFL player making it in the NFL is like the chances a porn star makes it in mainstream movies. Can it happen? Sure. Will it happen? Not likely.

  28. This is not a pressing issue for the Bombers either. They have a lot of work ahead of them, moving into the new stadium with, I think, three mediocre quarterbacks and not the greatest offensive weapons. I see the Bombers and Ticats struggling to avoid a western crossover in the playoffs again.

  29. Good job Jason Vega!! A nice young man, & that is the most important thing in life:) Go Bombers

  30. Well, I live in Winnipeg, I’m a season ticket holder of the Bombers, and I can say that Vega is only “pretty good”, certainly not dominant, or even the best defender on the team. Don’t expect much from this signing.

  31. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    Last time I checked the Steelers were a REAL dynasty. We’ve won two SBs since the Patsies’ last. We embody greatness in every fiber of our being. Deal with it.
    ___________________________________

    Last I checked, your qb and namesake have been brought up on two sexual assault charges since the last time the Pats have won the Super Bowl. Way to be a ethical organization.

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