Alouettes acquire Lions’ Chris Williams for Gabriel Knapton

The B.C. Lions have shipped wide receiver Chris Williams to the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for defensive end Gabriel Knapton.

Williams battled injury in Vancouver this season and was limited to just nine games. He collected 415 yards on 38 receptions with one touchdown.

In five seasons, he has 5,237 yards and 33 touchdowns on 356 receptions.

Knapton has appeared in 68 regular-season games for the Als, recording 32 sacks.

Lions GM Ed Hervey said the team needed to boost its defensive line.

“We identified our defensive line as one of our primary areas of need heading into next season and Gabriel is a significant acquisition for us,” said Hervey. “He brings a unique combination of athleticism and leadership to our defence…”

Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said the team likes Williams’ versatility.

“Williams can change the pace of a game with his electrifying play both on offence and on special teams and we look forward to seeing him on the field next season”, said Reed.

He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints. In 2014 he played seven games with the Chicago Bears.


30 Comments on Alouettes acquire Lions’ Chris Williams for Gabriel Knapton

  1. oh hell, come on kavis reed, what in the hell are you thinking, defence wins championships, another defensive player gone, really reed is that the best you can do,.

    • No OFFENSE wins championships.
      A healthy Chris Williams and someone that can get him the ball means a lot more

      • Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.
        Week know and I believe it.

        • Studies have been done on this & over the past 2 decades, it’s about even. In quite a few cases, the winning team had a good offense & defence. But it’s largely a myth that defence is the determining factor. The past 2 years is further proof. Calgary had the most dominant defence in the league both years.

  2. Lancaster/Reed // December 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm //

    Wow, this is dumb. A very solid DL for a short receiver/returner who had a poor year.

    • The guy came off of an injury that should’ve kept him out for most of 2017. When he’s healthy he’s unstoppable.
      With Williams and Jackson they have two of the best receivers from 2015 and 2016.
      Good move by the Als they just need a good QB

  3. Stephen Fisher // December 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm //

    This is no longer the speedy Chris Williams who was an Als killer 5 or 6 years ago for Hamilton. Add him to the now slowed down Stefan Logan.

    • Maybe … but then again, two and three years ago with Ottawa he was piling up over 1,000 yards while blowing by people.

      The question for last year, his only under 1,000 yard season in the CFL, is how much is age/injury and how much was the way he was used?

      Even if he is still fast, if the Montreal QB can’t get the ball to him, it won’t matter.

      • His only “under 1,000 yard season” was due to that MCL injury in Ottawa and he didn’t get into the Lions roster until Week 9
        But just like Ernest Jackson, both outstanding receivers in Ottawa when Burris was throwing to them, you can only be a 1,000 yard receiver if you have a QB that can get you the ball

    • He was the fastest receiver in the CFL LAST year when he was catching balls from Trevor Harris and Burris in Ottawa!! he had 1200 yards before being injured in week 12

    • Washed up. But hey, maybe he’ll find another “loophole” with his agent and try the NFL again for the zillionth time…LOL!

  4. Good grief , is Reid going for a 0-18year, WOW !!! he could write a book on how NOT to attract free agents !

  5. Actually in the right setting Williams can be one of the most dangerous deep threats in the league, he will be reunited with Ernest Jackson who should be returned to his natural spot at slotback. I like the move as long as the guy in the pocket can get the ball out to these guys. Both Jackson and Williams are far better than they showed last year.

  6. Peter North // December 12, 2017 at 2:59 pm //

    Need a competent QB who can get these guys the ball. Currently, the Als do not have one.

  7. If this lets Jackson move back inside then it may be a positive. But the defensive hit is big too: in this league you have to get pressure or the QBs will eat you alive – and Knapton provided good pressure, and still potentially has 5-6 years left (look at Bowman).

  8. Bleeds Double Blue // December 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm //

    Brilliant move by Ed Hervey. As a receiver Williams is the most over-rated player in the league. He has alligator arms and can’t find the sideline fast enough. He should fit in nicely with Kavis Reed’s march into oblivion.

    • Four of five CFL seasons with over 1,000 yards is over rated?

      I’d be more worried about finding a QB and offense that makes use of Williams as well as Jackson.

      • Totally agree, Williams and Jackson need to get the ball.
        Let’s hope he’s fully recovered from that injury that would normally be a career ending injury

  9. Great move for BC, As an ALS fan this will be the first bad move that Kavis will make this off season . Probably not the worst, the head coach will be the Next bad move.

  10. Dundas dude // December 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm //

    Williams was awesome in Hamilton years ago, but I don’t know how wise this move is for Montreal.

    • … and Ottawa with BC being the one bad season.

      With the way Montreal ignored Jackson as a receiver – there may be bigger problems than how fast or slow the receivers are.

    • Williams and Jackson had two outstanding years in Ottawa but both didn’t look good last year with BC and Montreal.
      It’s the start of a re-building process, most of their receivers will be gone but they need a QB

    • He was “awesome” in Hamilton until he decided to get greedy and breach his contract. He left the team high and dry on the eve of training camp and even a GPS couldn’t find him. This of course after then TC GM OB pulled him off the scrap heap after yet another failed NFL venture.

  11. Chris Bickford // December 12, 2017 at 8:16 pm //

    all the Als need now is to offer my 8th grade nephew a contract to play QB …or maybe see if Ron Lancaster is up for ressurection….even dead, he’d be able to compete for the starting job

  12. Williams is the epitome of soft. He will fall down to avoid contact. Don’t let his stats deceive you – he drops more balls than he catches them, a no-show when the going is tough.

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