First overall pick won’t be at Ticats training camp

The first overall pick in the 2018 CFL Draft won’t be at Hamilton Tiger-Cats training camp when it gets underway Sunday morning.

The team announced the signing of seven of their selections early Sunday but there were two names missing: receiver Mark Chapman, who taken at No. 1 by the club, and offensive lineman Darius Ciraco, selected at No. 6.

Hamilton did sign defensive backs Jackson Bennett and Nicholas Parisotto, defensive linemen Brett Wade and Joel Van Pelt, wide receivers Marcus Davis and Justin Buren and linebacker Mike Moore. All signed three-year deals.

The Ticats traded all-star guard Ryan Bomben and the second overall pick to the Montreal Alouettes in order to move up and select Chapman, who led Central Michigan University with 59 receptions and 875 yards while reaching the end zone five times in 13 games during his senior season in 2017. He made 147 receptions for 2,035 yards and 10 touchdowns over four years with the Chippewas.

They also traded up to acquire Ciraco, sending a second-round pick (10th overall) and third-round pick (20th overall) to the Eskimos. The Ticats also got a fifth-round pick (37th overall) in the deal.

That the Ticats were unable to reach a deal with their top two draft picks comes one day after the team announced the signing of quarterback Johnny Manziel to a contract with $150,000 in hard money, including a $10,000 signing bonus.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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25 Comments on First overall pick won’t be at Ticats training camp

  1. Lennywasout // May 20, 2018 at 8:25 am //

    Makes you wonder about our management not having the ability to sign these guys. Is it $$ or do they believe they have a shot at the NFL?

    • Looking at past history of Ticat draft picks, it won’t matter. The Ticats have only one starter out of the last 4 season of draft picks.
      If he sits because of a contract then let him sit.
      Prove what you can do in a CFL camp first.

  2. Puck Hog // May 20, 2018 at 8:30 am //

    Drew: you forgot to file the rest of your report – why won’t they be at training camp?

    • I remember my first job (last summer) driving around for Dickie Dee ice cream…I could have gotten a safer job at McDonalds or Burger King but i wanted to try to get in shape cycling around the city and embracing life.

      Well i was mugged a few times and lost 20 dollars in wages plus all the ice cream that was taken…those high school kids can be viscous.

      my point is you just have to take the money offered and use it as a spring board to better things as ive learned.

      ps im now the asst day manager at a local convenience gas station so dare to dream

  3. Puck hog: drew did not explicitly say why but it is understood that because they are unsigned, they cannot be in camp. The possible reasons why they did not sign were mentioned.

  4. Sea of Dead // May 20, 2018 at 9:12 am //

    Not signed likely due to limited cap room after the wad received by Manziel. If signed for peanuts at a later date, must question their motivational level playing for Cats when they could receive more from any other CFL club.

  5. he said they were not able to reach a deal its obvious they want more money that is why there not at camp

  6. Chapman has nowhere else to go

  7. Who is his agent?

  8. Slippery Dee // May 20, 2018 at 11:49 am //

    Perhaps Chapman doesn’t want to join the Manzel Circus

  9. Johnny Rodz // May 20, 2018 at 12:40 pm //

    Is Chapman the product of jungle fever ???

  10. Sitting out not a good thing (think Behar).

  11. MR. Green // May 20, 2018 at 3:20 pm //

    For some of these young guys 2 years is a lifetime regarding the first contract. These first overalls still need to prove themselves. Not sure if they feel entitled and how much the agent is pushing too hard. To get a full cheque you need to play. Waiting means you are on the PR that much longer. Masoli has Banks back, potentially the biggest dual threat in the league anyway. Don’t give into rookies.

    • OttawaHamiCatsFan // May 20, 2018 at 8:18 pm //

      Do you have inside knowledge on how much the Tiger-Cats offered each of them? Pretty piss poor to automatically assume both of them wanted more then their draft positions dictate. For all we know the Tiger-Cats offered league minimum, however, no details have been released. If the Cats are offering less then what other first rounders have signed for then why on earth should either of them agree to terms.

      I reserve judgement either way until more information is released. People are far to quick to judge others without having all the facts and this has become an epidemic in this day and age.

  12. Johnny Rodz // May 20, 2018 at 8:10 pm //

    So, the TiCats traded Bomben for nothing ?

  13. James Fleck // May 20, 2018 at 8:43 pm //

    Chapman SHOULD BE THE HIGHEST PAID draft pick for 2018. If not the draft is a joke $$$ wise for the guys picked in the order they were. Hopefully he gets what he deserves for going #1.

  14. richinbanff (Rich Wilson) // May 20, 2018 at 10:38 pm //

    They are not signed because they want 2 year deals instead of 3.

    • Alex Droho // May 21, 2018 at 8:03 am //

      I suspect you are right “richin….”. Unless either is going to get an NFL tryout, and that appears unlikely, they will eventually sign for 3. Chapman will contribute sooner and we have lots of offensive lineman. Sometimes you just need to take the contract you get and prove your worth more with your performance on the field.

  15. BITE ME DUNK !!! // May 20, 2018 at 10:41 pm //

    Just laughing my butt of here at EDWARDS and Dustin JUNK and their lack of professionalism and honor , had this occrued to C.Jones and the riders these 2 BUFFONS would be all over how incompetent the Rider s were regarding the CFL draft etc, Canadian content ‘yatta yatta yatta’, so it looks good on the Cat’s and BUNK —– bite me Edwards and dunk tmz trash style writers that couldn’t find way outta a room clearly marked with exit signs . couple of eastern morons , BITE ME and SHUT YOUR MOUTHS when it comes to commenting on the real football teams in the west !!!!

  16. Which one pissed in your corn flakes, or dated your sister.

  17. madcatter // May 21, 2018 at 6:54 am //

    Take a valium man!!!!

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