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Rusty Smith, Max Hall among players released in final CFL cuts


Several quarterbacks who have spent time on NFL rosters were among the final cuts announced by CFL teams this weekend.

Former Giants and Titans quarterback Rusty Smith was let go by the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday, while the Winnipeg Blue Bombers parted ways with ex-Cardinals passer Max Hall on Friday. Also, the Saskatchewan Roughriders released Adam Weber, who had stints with the Buccaneers and Broncos.

While the cuts are setbacks, the players released should have a good fitness level should they try to land with other clubs in the CFL or the NFL.

In other CFL roster news, former Rams wide receiver Mardy Gilyard has landed a spot on the Montreal Alouettes’ practice roster, the club announced. Chad Johnson, the longtime NFL wideout, is a member of Montreal’s active roster.

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17 Responses to “Rusty Smith, Max Hall among players released in final CFL cuts”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 22, 2014 7:13 PM

    If being cut in the CFL isn’t the unkindest cut of all, it’s damn close to it.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 22, 2014 7:15 PM

    Don’t despair, boys, NFL teams are watching the CFL cut lists closely.

  3. randy2054 says: Jun 22, 2014 7:19 PM

    The point that was made here was that Pat White made the roster of the Edmonton Eskimos. Although he only played a very short time in two exhibition games that Edmonton played his scrambling ability as well as a very strong arm showed very well in the two games I watched also Toronto Argonauts kept Josh Portis on their roster Portis had been was Seattle in the NFL and Brian Brohm one the number two position with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Troy Smith is Montréal starting quarterback and John Beck is the number two man for the BC Lions. Don’t be surprised if the new Ottawa red blacks might require either Maxwell or Rusty Smith down the road Henry Burris is a senior citizen at 40 and his backup DeMarco is no worldbeater one I can see IMHO.

  4. luz56 says: Jun 22, 2014 7:24 PM

    The only thing the NFL is watching is the way the CFL runs their style of offenses … Exciting style that some teams are trying to adapt without the motion… I could see eventually the NFL widening the field and implementing some sort of motion..There are good players that START their careers but not many that refine them up there

  5. britishraven says: Jun 22, 2014 7:56 PM

    Rusty Smith is the worst QB I have ever seen

  6. gmen32 says: Jun 22, 2014 8:06 PM

    It takes a certain type of quarterback to succeed
    in the CFL. Good mobility, strong arm due to the wider field and adjusting to the extra defensive back are some of the challenges for QB’s coming north.

  7. luz56 says: Jun 22, 2014 8:11 PM

    I guess you never saw Spergeon Wynn try and play QB

  8. earpaniac says: Jun 22, 2014 9:36 PM

    Shocks me Henry Burris is still playing. When he was with the Bears, they had a stretch there of some of the worst QBs in NFL history. And Henry was by FAR the worst I’ve seen. Ever.

  9. pierrepoint1 says: Jun 22, 2014 10:02 PM

    CFL & NFL have two completely different requirements for players.

    Tall non mobile quarterbacks don’t survive in the CFL.

    Same goes for 260lb linebackers. They’re too slow to go from sideline to sideline on the larger field.

    Receivers are usually smaller also, although a tall receiver with NFL credentials can do well.

    Biggest difference though is the quality of receivers. Too many CFL receivers drop too many balls. In the NFL there’s a wealth of receivers who are fast and catch everything that comes their way.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 22, 2014 10:41 PM

    britishraven says:
    Rusty Smith is the worst QB I have ever seen
    Aren’t you a ravens fan? If so, that statement makes no sense. Unless you only listen to games on the radio.

  11. luz56 says: Jun 22, 2014 10:51 PM

    Motion with the wider field is the biggest difference…. Football is football but the CFL is exciting

  12. jimmysee says: Jun 22, 2014 11:00 PM

    Since Brian Brohm played in Green Bay, he should feel right at home in that metropolis, Winnipeg!

  13. delusionalcardsfan says: Jun 22, 2014 11:36 PM

    Max Hall got cut from the CFL?!? Poor guy, I thought his stint with the Cards was the low light of his career. Good luck brother!

  14. howintensive says: Jun 23, 2014 1:08 AM

    Remember that CFL teams can only have a certain amount of non-Canadian players. So these cuts aren’t necessarily terrible for the American players that got cut; it just means there are better American players on the team than them. Now if you’re a Canadian player that got cut…

  15. thingamajig says: Jun 23, 2014 11:17 AM

    Max Hall will be the starter this year for the Titans.

  16. computojon says: Jun 23, 2014 3:43 PM

    Smith was rusty.

  17. redbirdsrising says: Jun 24, 2014 2:18 AM

    “Tall non mobile quarterbacks don’t survive in the CFL.”

    Max Hall cut.. your argument is invalid.

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