Lions on verge of trading all-star OL Jovan Olafioye to Alouettes

The Lions appear to be on the verge of trading all-star left tackle Jovan Olafioye to Montreal for Canadian offensive lineman David Foucault’s rights.

TSN’s Gary Lawless, Farhan Lalji and NEWS1130’s Rick Dhaliwal have some details.

Olafioye has been named a CFL all-star six consecutive seasons and been a mainstay on the Lions’ offensive line, playing in every game possible since arriving in 2010. The 29-year-old won the CFL’s Most Oustanding Lineman award in 2012.

Meanwhile, Foucault was drafted in the first round, fifth overall by the Alouettes in 2014. That same May the LaSalle, Quebec native earned an undrafted free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers where he spent two seasons. Last August Foucault was released by the Panthers and he remains a free agent.

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8 Comments on Lions on verge of trading all-star OL Jovan Olafioye to Alouettes

  1. Not going to happen , the ALS have NO cash , they paid it all to DD

    • stampland // March 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm //

      Kinda sound like the riders most years see Chick,Getlaf, and don’t forget Jones needs Labatte (after signing him to a new deal 6 months ago) and Clark to take a cut to pay for Dennis. Don’t think Riders are in a position to critique anyone’s Cap management

    • Well, BC and Montreal have been working on this deal for at least a 1 1/2 weeks now. Why would spend so much time on a potential trade if the Als have no room under the cap?

    • Marc Lebut // March 24, 2017 at 10:15 am //

      Yeah, sure. Alouettes have no cap space but they would lose their time talking trade with one of the best paid OT in CFL, 6 straight years a CFL All Star. Salary cap is never busted in March.

  2. Why aren’t the Argos in on Olafioye? I’m not confident in our LT options and we have cap space!

    • stampland // March 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm //

      he probably does make sense in TO..but right now argos have options if they go with all Canadian oline,

  3. Patience // March 24, 2017 at 9:50 am //

    It is only Jones and the Riders that don’t leave sufficient cap space to pay a decent QB. Everyone else recognizes the importance of having a good starting QB. Jones cheaped out on that position this year and that may very well get the Riders the undisputed position in the league basement.

  4. Marc Lebut // March 24, 2017 at 10:20 am //

    This leaves some questions about what the next Alouettes’ O line will look like. There will be a serious competition for the C position and should Matte lose that one to LBJ, he may as well lose the LG position to Philip Blake. Or, Gagnon may have to wait a year or 2 for a starter position, as both Matte and Blake may complete th O line along with 2 international OTs.

    One thing is clear: Alouettes are putting lots of bucks on protecting Durant. Hope Charbonneau will do the job, because he sure didn’t have much success as OL coach.

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