Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Reesing expects to sign with CFL’s Roughriders soon


Todd Reesing, the former record-setting Kansas University quarterback known off the field for his passion for finance, soon may have to learn the value of the Canadian dollar.

Reesing, one of two candidates to join the Saskatchewan Roughriders, of the Canadian Football League, told a newspaper in Saskatchewan that he expected to sign with the Roughriders.

“At this point, it’s looking like that’s probably going to happen and I’ll be finding my way up there soon,” Reesing told Ian Hamilton, of the Regina Leader-Post.

After being bypassed in last month’s NFL Draft, Reesing has spent the past few weeks exploring his options elsewhere. Saskatchewan has owned Reesing’s CFL rights since 2007 and has shown repeated interest in signing the former KU quarterback.

For Reesing, the mere thought of continuing his playing career in the CFL has the 5-foot-11 gunslinger excited.

“Just having a chance to play football after college is a dream come true,” he told the Leader-Post. “Everyone has high hopes for the NFL, but the reality is I was shot down based upon size. I had the numbers and the productivity in college, just as good as anyone else. The lack of height and size really set me back. But that’s no big problem. I actually think the style of play in the CFL is much more suited to what I’m good at — being in the shotgun, being able to scramble around and use my legs to create plays and improvise.”

Should Reesing be signed, he would become the fourth QB on the team’s roster, joining returning starter Darian Durant and backups Cole Bergquist and Kent Smith. Last month, the Roughriders released former Texas Tech standout Graham Harrell, which made room for Reesing.

Saskatchewan opens preseason play June 13.


rockchalkAZ 8 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know how the team is able to own his CFL rights so early in his college career? Is there some sort of draft or something?

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 1 month ago

AZ, I was wondering the same thing.

Way to go Todd! Good luck up there.

Any word on Jake Sharp, what are his options after not sticking with the Bears?

Kyle Helmer 8 years, 1 month ago

Good luck, 5! Thanks to Metro Sports, we can actually watch some of your games on TV.

Swamphawk 8 years, 1 month ago

I remember the early drafting happening with Jon Cornish as well. As far as I can piece together, the CFL holds a draft where they can choose any players they want regardless of year or whether they intend to play in the CFL. Probably because the NFL gets the first pick of the guys, they don't want to wait until the NFL draft is done and free agency hirings are done prior to deciding who gets who, so they select guys and assume that a good chunk of them will never come to play for their team.

Kevin Studer 8 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like Todd will have his work cut out for him seeing the field with 3 other returning QBs, including an incumbent starter.

gchawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Best of luck Todd. Although last year was undoubtedly disappointing for you, you're still one of the toughest players I've ever seen.

KURocksChalk 8 years, 1 month ago

Whatever happens, Todd will get a nice little check whether he plays or not. He can use that to start his career and eventually move to the front office.

jhokfan 8 years, 1 month ago

I agree about the style of play in the CFL being better suited for Todd's abilities but his size is not the reason he was turned down by the NFL.

Last time I was in Canada the difference between their dollar and the US dollar was only a few cents.

kranny 8 years, 1 month ago

Just curious, Jhokfan about what is the real reason Reesing wasn't drafted by the NFL is size wasn't the issue?

riderfan 8 years, 1 month ago

Hey guys,

Just letting you know that Todd is definitely coming to the right market within the CFL. We're definitely known throughout the league as having the most dedicated fan base (evidence being the large contingent of green you see at every other team's home games against the Riders).

We'll treat him well, and though we do have an incumbent QB (and at 28, he has a few good years and he's been consistently improving) there is no guaranteed second - so he does have an opportunity to move into that second role, so he'll be in great position.

The negotiating rights basically come from the fact that the CFL entry draft is strictly for non-import players (whether they played college in Canada or in the NCAA), so prospective import players will generally have their negotiation rights secured, incase they decide to go up north (where they would normally just enter as a free agent).

jhokfan 8 years, 1 month ago


He doesn’t have the arm strength or accuracy that NFL teams are looking for. He’s elusive and makes things happen in today’s college offenses but like most college QB’s he doesn’t play under center and release under 3 seconds. He had good numbers but so did a lot of others like Harrell who ironically is being replaced by Todd. He is still one of my all time favorites but not everyone can play in the NFL.

Michael Leiker 8 years, 1 month ago

TR as a Roughrider...guy is headed straight for the White House.

Tim Bingaman 8 years ago

In Todd we Trust! Amazing career! The wins over Mizzou alone secure a large space in my heart... The Orange Bowl was incredible!

Enjoy the Healthcare in Canada! Monthly massages are included!

justinryman 8 years ago

Does anyone know at LJW if Todd is or has talked to Coach Gill about the CFL, you know since he did play up there. Just wondering.

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