Alouettes’ Reed says rookie RB Stanback’s play got Sutton traded to Lions

Montreal Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said the strong play from rookie running back William Stanback got Tyrell Sutton traded to the B.C. Lions.

“It was a tough decision. Now, do we essentially go back to Tyrell and maybe stop the growth of Stanback that is proven very good and very effective? So we decided over the course of the weekend that it’s probably better to explore those offers that we had and B.C.’s offer was the more favourable one,” Reed said.

The five-foot-eight, 213-pound Sutton played six seasons in Montreal, amassing 3,573 yards on 649 carries in 69 games. The 31-year-old running back gained 417 yards and scored one touchdown on 86 rushes in nine games this season.

“He’s gotten already pretty much 80 per cent of his salary so that was no consideration, in fact, it probably would be more economical to keep Tyrell. The draft pick for us was very important,” Reed said.

The Alouettes gave up their own third-round pick in the 2019 CFL draft and acquired B.C.’s second-round pick and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2019.

Stanback has played in 11 games but recently took over the starting running back job with Sutton injured and rushed for 232 yards on 36 carries while catching 14 passes for 128 yards. Being just 24 years old Stanback provides more youth at the running back spot.

– with CP files

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