The Montreal Alouettes were eliminated from playoff contention on Monday, extending the club’s playoff drought to a third consecutive season. I’ve already speculated about some trades that could (or should) be made before Wednesday’s deadline, but Montreal’s early elimination from playoff contention could spur on some new trade talks.
Stefan Logan, returner
Logan has had another strong season in the return game, posting a 10.6-yard return average on punts and a 21.6-yard return average of kickoffs. Logan will turn 37 next June, meaning he has virtually no remaining value to an Alouettes club that desperately needs to get younger. With Roy Finch on the mend in Calgary, Logan could be the perfect short-term replacement for the Stamps — well-worth a late-round pick or negotiation list player.
Tyrell Sutton, running back
Sutton is arguably Montreal’s best offensive weapon, but the veteran ball carrier is only two months shy of his 31st birthday. This hardly makes the five-year Alouette a piece to build around despite a solid 2017 season (1,062 yards from scrimmage). The Riders have need at running back — Cameron Marshall is still hurt, while Trent Richardson’s debut was underwhelming — and Sutton could fetch a pair negotiation list players, not unlike Hamilton got for C.J. Gable last week.
Kyries Hebert, linebacker
Hebert has been a tackling machine for the Alouettes this season, recording 96 tackles in fifteen games. The best fit for Hebert would be Edmonton, where the Eskimos have allowed a league-worst 6.43 yards per rush this season. Hebert is among the league’s oldest players at 37, but Edmonton’s needs are short-term with J.C. Sherritt set to return from a torn ACL next season.
Chip Cox, strong-side linebacker
Cox, 34, has plenty of experience at strong-side linebacker, arguably the toughest defensive position in the CFL. That’s why Montreal should offer Cox to Toronto, where the twelve-year veteran would be reunited with former Alouette head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Jim Popp. With Cassius Vaughn and Marcus Ball on the mend in Toronto, the Argonauts could use a veteran presence at strong-side linebacker.
John Bowman, defensive end
Bowman got emotional during the final moments of Montreal’s Thanksgiving loss to Edmonton, a game that marked the end of Montreal’s playoffs hopes in what might be Bowman’s final CFL season. This is why the Alouettes should trade Bowman away before Wednesday’s deadline. John Chick fetched the Tiger-Cats a second round pick earlier this season, so there’s no reason to believe Bowman wouldn’t bring the Alouettes a decent return. Possible landing spots should include Ottawa, Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Toronto.
If Andrew Wetenhall and Horatio Reed had a shred of decency, they'd trade John Bowman to a contender before this week's #CFL trade deadline.
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) October 9, 2017