Alouettes chose Ernest Jackson over S.J. Green

If you’ve been a fan of the Montreal Alouettes over the last few years, it may be increasingly difficult to not root for the Toronto Argonauts in 2017.

After all, the Argos now have Marc Trestman and Jim Popp as their head coach and general manager, and they signed players like Brandon Whitaker, Winston Venable, Jeff Finley and Alan-Michael Cash in free agency. But the biggest name may have gone from Montreal to Toronto yesterday afternoon, as slotback S.J. Green was shipped to the Double Blue for draft picks.

Green has been the face of the franchise for years. The way he became a superstar made it impossible for fans not to gravitate towards him.

Green has been with the Alouettes for over a decade. He’s won Grey Cups and made plenty of amazing catches along the way. Before all that success, he was just a practice roster player on a team stacked with talent at the receiver position.

While waiting for his turn, Green was approached by the Argos, who were willing to bring him onto their active roster right away. He decided it was in his best interest to put regular playing time and extra money on hold.

So, how did Green and the Alouettes get to this point?

Well, the answer is pretty straight forward. You know how everyone always says that football is a business? It’s true, and that’s exactly what happened in this situation.

The 31-year-old suffered a major knee injury (he tore his ACL, MCL and PCL) against the Redblacks early into the 2016 season. Given his age, injury and salary (some have reported it’s in the $250,000 range), Green became a candidate for a pay cut, a trade or a release.

Instead of rolling the dice on Green regaining his old form, Als GM Kavis Reed decided that he’d rather take a chance on free agent receiver Ernest Jackson instead.

Jackson reportedly signed for somewhere between $160,000 and $220,000. Add the expensive acquisition of Darian Durant, and it became pretty clear that the Als couldn’t afford to keep all these high-priced players around.

From an Argos perspective, this move makes a lot of sense. Maybe they work out a new deal with Green, maybe they don’t. But both Trestman and Popp are familiar with Green, and they know what he’s capable of doing on the field.

 

Keep in mind that the Argonauts released Vidal Hazelton, Kevin Elliott, Torey Gurley and Phil Bates late last season. They also lost Kenny Shaw and Deonte Spencer to the Redblacks in free agency.

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Joey Alfieri

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6 Comments on Alouettes chose Ernest Jackson over S.J. Green

  1. Stephen Fisher // April 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm //

    Didn’t Argos also resign jeff Perret?

    If they also pick up Rakeem Cato I’m definitely changing allegiances. All the Als players signed, like BW, WV and SJ were also among most popular Als.

    Did you notice where many comments of Als fans indicated they weren’t renewing season tickets?

  2. Argos will make the playoffs this year at the Tiger-Cats’ expense.

  3. mrnehnehincognito // April 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm //

    The east race for 3rd place between Argos and Als this season will be intriguing albeit very slow

  4. mrnehnehincognito // April 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm //

    and why wouldn’t you? More upside to Jackson than Green. Will get a couple draft picks out of it. Good deal

  5. Jimmy Breslin // April 21, 2017 at 3:51 pm //

    Ernest Jackson is a fantastic receiver he will make the fans forgive the SJ trade, the only thing I can’t figure out is who will be the deep threat ? It better be B.J. Cunningham or Underwood cause it sure won’t be Nik Lewis, Giguère, or Jackson, they’re essentially slot guys.

  6. being an avid als fan, its a very sad business, the als neededa bonafide qb, i like the chances with durant, however, the biggest weakness this year with the als will be the defence. too many strong players have left, and in my opinion, defence wins championships.

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