Vernon Adams was traded for one main reason: surplus.
Montreal had six quarterbacks on their roster including Adams – Eastern Washington and Oregon star acquired by the Alouettes in May 2016 by then-general manager Jim Popp – starter Darian Durant, new backup Drew Willy, Jacory Harris, Antonio Pipkin and Matthew Shiltz.
Als general manager Kavis Reed had a hand in bringing the remaining five pivots to La Belle Province. Durant was brought over in a January trade with Saskatchewan and signed a three-year deal. Willy was inked after Toronto released him at the end of camp. Harris was a free agent signing. Pipkin was added to the Alouettes neg list in March and signed in July while Shiltz impressed during training camp.
Montreal is high on Pipkin and Shiltz as future prospects and feels fine with Willy as the backup as Durant remains the man of the present. That setup allows ideal development time for the young quarterbacks. Pipkin seems intriguing. He garnered an invite to the Senior Bowl back in January, threw at Ohio State’s pro day in March and attended Arizona Cardinals rookie mini-camp.
Aside from the quarterback position, Montreal has a number of injured Canadians, starting safety Chris Ackie lost for the season among them, which made getting Canuck defensive back Tevaughn Campbell important and valuable. The Scarborough, ON native holds the record for fastest 40-yard time in CFL combine history, burning a 4.36 – laser – at the 2015 event.
He was picked by Calgary in the third round, 22nd overall in the 2016 CFL draft. After five games with the Stampeders, John Hufnagel sent Campbell to Saskatchewan for a fourth round selection. In 2016 Campbell played 17 regular season games, starting four, making 12 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 14 yards for a touchdown, one interception and one quarterback sack. Campbell spent the first seven games of the 2017 season on the injured list, but he is healthy now.
Along with an experienced and ultra athletic cover man, Reed netted two third round draft picks. That’s the same area where Montreal picked defensive back Dondre Wright, a rookie that’s been an instant contributor.
Montreal got a solid haul for Adams, a quarterback who was told “he would never” start for the Alouettes going forward.