Montreal Alouettes president Patrick Boivin refused to discuss the status of anyone in the Als football operations department but that hasn’t kept the organization from having conversations with potential general managers.
Sources say the Alouettes have spoken to multiple people regarding the GM position while Kavis Reed continues to work in the role – orchestrating two trades at the deadline while re-signing quarterbacks Antonio Pipkin, Vernon Adams and Jeff Mathews recently – and Boivin remains mum on his future.
Reed was hired in December 2016 after the Als let Jim Popp go. Montreal has compiled an 8-28 record during the two seasons Reed has been calling the shots, the worst record among any franchise in the league over that span. Montreal has missed the playoffs four straight years, setting a dubious franchise-worst mark.
Last December, Reed hired head coach Mike Sherman who signed a two-year contract plus a team option. Montreal finished one spot higher in the overall CFL standings – going from the basement to second last place – in the first season under the 63-year-old former NFL head coach and general manager. There was speculation Sherman was brought in part because of his relationship with Johnny Manziel who the Alouettes eventually brought to La Belle Province.
Reed was the architect on Montreal’s side for the blockbuster trade which reunited Manziel and Sherman, although it was a hefty price tag: first round picks in 2020 and 2012 along with established CFLers, receiver Chris Williams and ratio-breaking defensive end Jamaal Westerman. But that deal was pushed by Alouettes ownership and should not be entirely worn by Reed or even Sherman for that reason.
If a new general manager were to be put in place by Montreal, that person would have to decide on retaining Sherman with the one guaranteed year on his contract left or select a head coach of their own choosing. No matter who is in charge, the Als will have to make a decision on Manziel by March 1 when he’s due to be paid a $75,000 bonus.
Regardless, the Alouettes are at least exploring options should the team decide to part ways with Reed.