Freeman & Manziel will have to avoid Montreal’s night-life: Sutton

Tyrell Sutton joined TSN Montreal 690 radio man and 3DownNation contributor Matthew Ross in-studio to discuss the upcoming season, the status of Montreal’s vets, and the signing of former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman.

“Hopefully (Freeman) comes up here and has his mind right and understands how to be a professional,” said Sutton. “If you don’t come (to the CFL) with a professional mindset … it can be a very short career up here.”

Freeman, a former first round selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is said to have struggled with balancing preparation time with off-field entertainment during his tenure as the starter in Tampa Bay.

“There’s a lot of free time that goes on here,” said Sutton. “Montreal is a city that can definitely get you into some amount of trouble.”

Sutton elaborates to say that S.J. Green told him, “the Montreal streets will get you,” when the running back first signed with the Alouettes. Sutton claims the night-life in Montreal can be a distraction, saying, “the food, women, music, atmosphere — can really get you.”

Freeman will need to lean on his teammates to avoid the temptation of living the high life in a city that offers so much after-hours entertainment. Freeman’s career NFL earnings fall just shy of $30 million USD.

Montreal is also rumored to be the team courting the rights to controversial quarterback Johnny Manziel from the Ticats.

“Everybody deserves a second chance,” said Sutton, “I don’t know if it’s going to be here for Johnny. Given his history I think most GMs are maybe paranoid about his off-the-field issues. And we all know Montreal is not one of the cities that is going to deter you from those kind of mistakes.”

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