Redblacks deal 1st overall pick to Stampeders for O-lineman
Jon Gott sent to Ottawa, which also relinquishes rights to centre Hage
The Ottawa Redblacks gave up the first overall selection in the Canadian Football League draft Tuesday, sending the pick to the Calgary Stampeders along with the rights to non-import offensive lineman Marwan Hage in exchange for non-import offensive lineman Jon Gott.
The deal was announced 30 minutes prior to the start of the draft Tuesday evening.
"I would like to thank Jon Gott for all of his hard work and valuable contributions to the Stampeders since he joined the team five years ago," Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel said in a release.
Hage is a two-time division all-star who played 10 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before being selected by Ottawa in the expansion draft this past December. He announced his retirement last month.
"It is our understanding that Marwan will remain retired at this time but he provides a potential option in the future should he choose to resume his career," said Hufnagel.
Ottawa will receive a conditional pick if Calgary trades Hage's rights to another team. Gott, a 28-year-old Edmonton native, is a five-year veteran who started 14 of 16 games last season.
"Trading for Jon Gott was by far a better option for us than making the first overall selection," Ottawa GM Marcel Desjardins said. "Jon has proven himself to be a reliable, responsible and durable CFL player and we're happy to have him in the Redblacks organization."