A Canadian Football League cornerback who has been on the NFL radar for several weeks, Tre Roberson made his decision. He agreed to a deal with the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.
Roberson, who is viewed as this year’s best CFL-to-NFL prospect, participated in a few workouts and drew the attention of at least 10 teams during this process. He will join the Bears, however, and for a higher rate than the usual CFL imports receive.
The 27-year-old defender will sign for what is believed to be the highest rate for a CFL import since the Dolphins added Cameron Wake in 2009, Schefter adds. Wake received a four-year deal worth nearly $5MM, with close to $1MM guaranteed, 11 years ago. While Roberson will not exactly make high-end cornerback money on this Bears deal, the investment is notable nonetheless.
This is not Roberson’s first NFL venture, though. He spent the 2016 and ’17 offseasons with the Vikings and went to camp with Minnesota each year. He did not make the team either summer but did spend extensive time on Minnesota’s practice squad.
A 2016 UDFA out of Illinois State, Roberson resurfaced on the NFL radar after two seasons in Canada. He played two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, helping the franchise win the Grey Cup during his time up north. He intercepted seven passes and notched two return touchdowns during the Stampeders’ 2019 season.
The Bears have starters Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara signed long-term. They added slot man Buster Skrine last year and drafted Kevin Toliver in the sixth round last year. Based on the guarantee, Roberson will be a great bet to be part of this group next season.
Chargers left tackle Russell Okung intends to run for NFLPA president, sources tell Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. This development is notable because, while CBA negotiations between the owners and the union have been progressing smoothly thus far, Okung is said to be vehemently opposed to a 17-game schedule and is open to a work stoppage in order to get the best possible deal for the league’s players.
The 17-game schedule may be the last major sticking point holding up a new CBA, but if a new agreement is not in place by the time current union president Eric Winston’s term expires in March, and if Okung were to be elected, negotiations could stall. Winston cannot be re-elected because he hasn’t played for the past two seasons.
A recent NFLPA investigation revealed that Okung gathered and disseminated confidential information in violation of the union’s constitutions and by-laws, but Okung denies those allegations.
Now for more news and notes from around the league:
On Monday, the Fritz Pollard Alliance issued what Florio calls the strongest statement it has made since the Rooney Rule was promulgated. The statement reads in part, “[w]e were painfully reminded through this past hiring cycle that attaining diverse leadership in the NFL can only happen through the willful actions of the team owners and decision makers. The abysmal record of hiring people of color in high ranking levels of NFL management is a reminder of the dark periods of civil rights history. The League has only one African-American General Manager. There are no African-American club presidents.” The Redskins hired a minority when they tabbed Ron Rivera as their new head coach, but the Fritz Pollard Alliance believes worthy minority candidates like Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy continue to get overlooked.
Mike Sando of The Athletic takes a look into the upcoming fifth-year option decisions that teams will have to make on their 2017 first-rounders. The entire piece is worth a read, and it’s notable that most of Sando’s sources believe the Bears will exercise the $25MM option on QB Mitchell Trubisky.
The Buccaneers worked out cornerback Tre Roberson, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). Roberson, who played quarterback in college and who was last with an NFL team in September 2017, recorded seven interceptions for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders this year. Recent reports suggested that Roberson would be back in the NFL in 2020 and that over 10 teams were interested in the converted signal-caller.
November 27th, 2019 at 8:31am CST by Marc Delucchi
One player on the Calgary Stampeders has drawn the attention of NFL scouts from a number of teams. Cornerback Tre Roberson is drawing interest from more than ten different teams and is expected to return to the NFL in 2020, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Roberson, who played quarterback in college for Indiana and Illinois State, was last with an NFL team in September of 2017 when the Vikings waived him from their practice squad. He did receive a workout with the Colts, but never signed a contract. The Stampeders brought the corner north prior to the 2018 CFL season when he emerged as one of the best defensive players in the league. Over the past two years, Roberson has started every game for Calgary, who won the 2018 Grey Cup, recorded 95 tackles, and 10 interceptions.
At 27 years old, Roberson may appear to be close to a finished product, but there is an added element to his status as a prospect. Since he played quarterback for the entirety of his football career until he turned pro, Roberson has only been playing defense for the previous three years. The Indianapolis native has already shown an impressive ability to pick up the new trade and may very well have the intangibles necessary to take further steps in his development.
Obviously, many teams are in need of help in their secondaries, and Roberson presents an intriguing combination of proven talent and prospect potential for front offices. Roberson will also not be subject to team’s compensatory draft pick formula, further adding to his potential value as a buy-low candidate.
Here are today’s reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2017 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters.
October 18th, 2016 at 12:50pm CST by Zachary Links
The Vikings are releasing offensive lineman Isame Faciane from the practice squad, as Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press writes. The news comes after Faciane was arrested last week on suspicion of drunk driving. Taking his place on the 10-man practice squad will be cornerback Tre Roberson.
Police pulled Faciane over when he was spotted weaving around construction barriers in an effort to drive the wrong way down the highway. Faciane was given a citation and, days later, handed his release from the Vikings.
“My thoughts are that it’s disappointing and that’s one of the things I’m trying to get rid of around here, making sure that our fans are being represented in the right way,’’ Mike Zimmer said yesterday about the arrest. “It was stupid and we’ll see.’’
Roberson, a former quarterback at Illinois State, hooked on with the Vikings this offseason. He has been moved on and off the team multiple times this fall.