Five players the Alouettes should trade before Wednesday’s deadline

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.

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39 Comments on Five players the Alouettes should trade before Wednesday’s deadline

  1. Unless Hebert can play in the middle, Esks have no need for his services.

  2. George Porge // October 10, 2017 at 11:16 am //

    The first person in the organization who should be traded is Kavis Reed. Only in this case he needs to be traded to a local Rona store for a bag of hammers and some duct tape and then the Al’s can give Ed Hervey a call.

  3. George Porge // October 10, 2017 at 11:18 am //

    None of these players offer anything of value to any other team in the league, John. Montreal is where they can stay until they retire. Preferably this season for Cox and Hebert.

    • I agree GP. Heard rumour that Bowman was virtually certain that this is his last year as well. Whoever takes over for Reed will have as big a chore as the GM/coaches that took over for Taman/Chamblain. The cupboards are bare and no real assets worth trading for.

      • George Porge // October 11, 2017 at 9:50 am //

        Yeah, the whole team is old and done. That was apparent last year. I can’t even think of a HC or GM who would be available who would have the football IQ to even begin to rebuild the team though. So either Reed stays in the position and is made to clean up his own puke, or he leaves and we see another has-been/never-was GM take over the mop-and-bucket duty.

  4. Ya sure John, playoff teams are going to trade assets for Montreal’s has beens. Not likely.

  5. rider rooter // October 10, 2017 at 11:36 am //

    These player that are mentioned in this article are ready for retirement from playing football. Unless needed I think that they will stay put.

  6. Clay Connor // October 10, 2017 at 11:36 am //

    Argos will activate Kahlil Bass from the practice roster rather than trade for Chip Cox.

  7. It’s not likely to happen, but maybe the ALs should consider luring Wally Buono home to see if he could resurrect the franchise. Not sure if his health would allow it.

    • George Porge // October 11, 2017 at 9:52 am //

      I don’t think Wally will ever leave BC unless it is to retire. Especially the way the Lions are this year, Wally would want to rebuild that team before thinking about rebuilding any other.

  8. Edward Leslie // October 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm //

    They should trade Nik Lewis back to Calgary for a 7th round draft pick, so he can end his career as a Stampeder. Besides Calgary has been missing Kamar Jorden.
    I’d like to see John Bowman dealt to Winnipeg (Missing Westerman) or Toronto for a prospect or pick.
    Edmonton’s linebacking core has been decimated and Chip Cox would be a good addition in exchange for a draft pick or Neg list player.

    • Jorden just removed today from the IR.
      Cox doesn’t play in the middle, so Esks likely not interested.

  9. Rick cowan // October 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm //

    Bowman would be a good fit in Saskatchewan

    • With AC Leonard out that’s a possibility, but we may have just brought in freak of nature Taylor Mays to be a rush end. Jones seems to like athletes at that position no matter what their original position was.

  10. Riders bring back Double D, make GC push and win it all. LOL. Imagine that!

    • The Riders don’t need DD to win the cup. No sure if you know, but DD is a wee bit of me person.

      • You guys are so amazingly embarassing, no wonder players would rather retire than play for you dummies.

        • Are we Tony? Would you pay over $400k+ for Durant? Not Chris Jones and am I ever happy he didn’t even think about spending that much money on a washup. Don’t get me wrong, I love that he played his heart out with us and won a cup(but so did that whole team that played with him. Thanks Sheets and O-line), but he also showed that he was a ME player. Which honestly reared its ugly head out while he was injured these past 3 years. No thanks, I’m happy with what we have at the moment.

  11. Smarmy Dog // October 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm //

    No disrespect to anyone who previously said these guys were no good….im not sure you endured the agony of watching montreal this season…but these guys competed every nite..it was the defense that kept them in games!…and now that thorpe is gone, we can see the value he had…
    these guys played hard…they dont deserve to be bashed at this point in their careers

  12. Richardson was not a disappointment. In his first game action if a very long time he was used in limited situations, mostly second and short, and I believe he converted every time he was called on. Dude has some power. That said, given that depth is pretty much Jones’ middle name, it wouldn’t surprise me if we did trade for a solid veteran like Sutton, but given that he’s only 30 and they’ll need some vets to build around, I don’t think Montreal will trade him.

  13. greenonions // October 10, 2017 at 2:48 pm //

    Korrey Jones practising & sat out his 6 games. He actually was a bit of a surprise & did decent job in the middle before injury. I’d be surprised if Eskimos went after Cox or Hebert. Problem here is Reed is not in good bargaining position with one day to go. Should have seen the writing on the wall awhile back when there was some value to these guys. But we’re talking about a bunch of players who are mostly done.

  14. Ron Bates // October 10, 2017 at 2:52 pm //

    The players are all viable trading material and no arguments from me. However the fact the teams that are buyers really have to see improvement happen. The seller wants to receive potential and building material. Three games to decide after the Trading Deadline about that!

  15. I’m surprised you don’t see a need for some of these guys on your Bombers, John. With Hurl in the middle you’re not exactly set there. How about Bowman for depth with Westerman out? Or do you feel the Bombers are so good they don’t need a rental & everyone else does?

  16. I can see how some vets at the end of the line could plug some holes on some contenders provided the price was meager. That makes sense. It doesn’t make sense for the Stampeders to bring in Logan as a returner. Their backup returner, Tunde Adeleke has more punt return touchdowns than any CFL returner other than Finch. His average return is 24.3 yards. The Stamps have the internal depth to deal with Finch being out a couple weeks. Nik Lewis would be an interesting acquisition, as receiver depth as been a problem, but it would be out of character for Huff to be bringing in vets at this time of year. If Montreal wanted to move a Canadian offensive lineman, the Stamps would be all ears, I am sure.

  17. Good comments Childress. I think Nik might sign for a day to retire as a Stamp but highly unlikely he would help Stamps much, no offense to Nik.

  18. In response to those who think the humane thing for the Als to do would be to trade these aging veterans to a contender. You do realize that no sane CFL team would have these guys winning spots out of training camp. Hence, they all ended up at the retirement home otherwise known as the Montreal Alouettes.

    The exception is Sutton who most likely will be the RB in Montreal next week. Instead of Sutton, Luc Brodeur-Jourdain should be included as the Als would be crazy to bring him back or any of those other guys mentioned in the story.

  19. 3rd and 1 // October 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm //

    Maybe the title should be 5 players Montreal should trade and one over paid QB they should dump.

  20. Cox has little to no value at all. Sutton needs to stay for the Als next year. Hebert is still a monster. Logan is terribly underused in ACs offence

  21. You guys are out of your minds. Logan would be the only one expendable from the 5 choices in the article. Despite their ages these guys were pretty effective playing 35 – 45 minutes on the field a night thanks to the ineptitude of the Durant/Willy duo inability stay on the field & do their part. I’d rather keep them till they decide to retire because even if Kavis Reed had a better bargaining position, it still doesn’t change the fact he has a lousy eye for talent.

  22. 3rd and 1 // October 11, 2017 at 7:43 am //

    When I think about the things Kavis Reed did once he took over as GM. It dosent take a rocket scientist to figure out that Kavis dismantled too much of the core and then tried to insert an emotionally beat up leader of another team.
    Think about how many good players were gone before the season started. Montreal’s best receiver and play maker Green was traded to an Eatern team. Green is the Argos #1 receiver but Kavis felt Greens injury would slow him down.
    Then Reed unceremoniously dumped Bear Woods. The heart of the Run defence.
    At this point he has taken away the offence best receiver & play maker. Dumped the defence’s run stop and inspirational player.
    Just before dumping Bear for speculating that Bear ratted on the team for breaking padded practise rules. He signs and pays a guaranteed contract of $400K a year. With a $200K signing bonus. To Darian Durant that had only won 3 games over the previous 2.5 seasons. A player that had just taken 1.4 Million dollars from the Riders for the previous 3 years. A player that had sat on the injury bench for a total of 29 games out of a possible 54 games the previous 3 years.
    I’m sorry but in what universe does it make sense to give a QB that hasn’t proved anything except that he can miss games guaranteed money whether he plays or not. I would suggest that Kavis Reed the Riders special teams coach in 2009 felt some kind of sympathy for Darian for the 13th man penalty super blunder that Reeds special teams of the 2009 GC game had screwed up and will forever go down as the worst blunder in professional sports history. I mean how else can you explain Kavis Reeds contract for Darian.
    I’m sure just about every Montreal fan and probably a majority of the ALS players would suggest that Reed allowed his emotions over his brains to write that contract. I wonder how “forensic” Kavis was on that deal. I would suggest very little as the 2017 Montreal Alouettes season has been a crime scene. All of which is on the shoulders of Kavis Reed. The GM who fires the best DC in the league mid season and the HC who had nothing to work with. But did a hell of a lot better job than Reed has done since taking over.

  23. The mess in Montreal lands in the lap of the owner Wetenhall, who fired the best GM in the CFL – Jim Popp, and hired Kavis Reed who has never had any success in his entire CFL career and had no evidence that he would or could be a successful GM.

    Since the Als lost Popp, he went to Argos, brought back Marc Trestman and now the Argos are first in the East and quite possibly going to the Grey Cup…

  24. Hmmm….seems easy to blame Reed. ALs have missed the playoffs 3 straight! Popp was just fired. Owner wants house cleaned but made Reed keep Chapdelaine. So you are really trying to blame Reed??? Seems a little placist! They even missed Playoffs 2 years running with Popp!

  25. Herbert, Cox and Bowman are old.

    No team is going to give up anything valuable for that.

    Now, if they were released…..

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