Anonymous CFL agent: ‘Most free agents will pass on Montreal’

The Alouettes could have trouble attracting free agents, according to a story from Montreal Gazette beat man Herb Zurkowsky.

Zurkowsky spoke to an anonymous CFL agent who said players and their representatives will avoid the Alouettes when the market opens at noon on Tuesday.

“You never know but, right now, the Als are a mess. And unless I have no choice to park a guy there, most free agents — unless they’re getting overpaid — will pass on Montreal. Like Toronto last year when they had no general manager or head coach,”  the agent said.

“The coaching staff really has no body of work in the positions they were hired. That’s a hard sell to a top player.”

Montreal is coming off a last-place finish in which they finished with a 3-15 record and lost 11 straight games to end the 2017 season. The Alouettes scored a league-low 314 points and were the only team to average less than 20 points per game (17.4) while allowing a CFL-worst 580 points.

General manager Kavis Reed, who served as interim head coach after firing Jacques Chapedelaine, hired former NFL coach Mike Sherman to run the squad in 2018.

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120 Comments on Anonymous CFL agent: ‘Most free agents will pass on Montreal’

  1. They’re an absolute tire fire. Kavis Reed is not a good GM at all. Catherine Raiche would be a better GM than him, no questions about it. It’s almost unbelievable, but the Als’ carousel of staff will honestly most likely continue on. Perhaps that’s why Calvillo stepped back this year.

    • Catherine Raiche is barely qualified to be a coordinator. She is over promoted. Did you miss the interview with the previous AGM from Montreal who said she was entitled. Good luck Jim Popp.

    • Herb Zurkowsky shame on you! Putting this out to damage the Als on the night of free agency. You should be fired! NAME THE SOURCE!

      • BlackGold58 // February 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm //

        This smells like bad, have to ask the question why would HZ put something out like this in an attempt to damage the product of his own hometown team? This is sad, did you guys post this hoping it will help us keep Laurent? I am pretty sure he has played for the D coach there before and that is credible.

        • He’s a reporter and he reported what there was to report.

          Despite Trump, sometimes journalism is about telling the truth. It’s a radical concept in these contorted times, but one well worth considering.

      • Youse guys; listen here, seee // February 12, 2018 at 8:46 pm //

        You know JP… I completely agree with you! This article is greasy, slimy and stinks to high heaven.
        It reminds me of the US Presidential Election when a Controversial FBI agent co-wrote initial draft of an explosive letter reopening the Clinton email probe. FBI Director James Comey announcing the bureau was investigating newly discovered Clinton emails. Director James Comey announcing the bureau was investigating newly discovered Clinton emails. Comey himself certainly swayed and deterred voters away from Clinton with Good Old Boy sabotage strategies.
        Herb Zerowsky is Acting exactly like FBI Director James Comey. So I would suggest that freedom of the press is no longer a feeedom when you purposely sabotage.
        Listen Herb; if if you don’t like Kavis Reed and want a change. We all get it. But your busting your own teams nuts here. Kavis will do it all by himself. Then he will have to deal with his own “consequences”. Now you have given him a scape goat. He can blame you for his unfavourable outcome in FA. Just dumb Herb, just dumb!

        • What do you think players are not smart enough to realize Montreal is a mess whether this article was printed or not the results will be the same any one with half a brain will avoid Montreal,you sound like tht orange fella in the states that cant seem to handle the facts if you want good press do good things !!!!!!!!!!!!

      • What kind of source do you need. Just look at their record from last.

        • Did you read either article? No. I didn’t think so. Go troll somewhere else the Alouettes of Montreal have had enough for tonight. This is nothing more than a distraction. Yes, a newsman who uses negative quotes should cite them.

      • The timing may not be good for the Als, but Herb does NOT work for them. His job is to report on what he knows and discovers.

        It’s up to the Als organization to get it right, NOT the reporter.

        • OiseauxFache // February 13, 2018 at 9:19 am //

          Lol! So let me get this straight. It is Herb’s job to start forest fires fed with excelerant to blow up for Charles and his team to fight. For example when he WRONGLY reported just three days ago that Kyries Hebert did not receive his bonus. This is continued irresponsible journalism. They should change the name of the Gazette to the Inquirer.

          He has behaved in an unethical way over and over. I don’t know why they didn’t fire him after his crass and unprofessional remarks about Shania Twain. No excuse for his constant negative and inaccurate reporting. I am sure there will be more fans contacting the Gazette asking for him to be fired.

          • lol fire Herb what is that gonna do for you fire Reed and you might get somewhere

          • Herb has lost it, how many big mistakes in the last few months. He should not be on this beat. You are a good friend to try to throw Reed under the bus.

          • It is ONLY unethical if it isn’t the truth. If it IS, the Alouettes would do well to get their sh*t together.

            After watching the Alouettes, going to practices, even meeting and discussing things with the occasional player I meet, I’d be VERY surprised if Herb didn’t tone down the remarks of said agent, and of a dozen other sources who’ve said basically the same thing over the years.

            The truth hurts. Find a way to live with it. Or hide from it. Of course, hiding from the truth is a pretty good definition of insanity.

            And for God sake, ENOUGH with the rabid calls for censorship and “firings” just because someone wrote something that rattled your cage. You wouldn’t like a world that takes those impulses to their logical conclusion.
            Trust Me!

        • You nailed it Tiger Man

      • what a drama queen you are…

    • GardenGnome // February 12, 2018 at 8:31 pm //

      Chris, hold on to your bad self, the Alouettes are going to own free agency. I would think Herb Zurkowsky will be persona non grata in the CFL. I hope the league office calls to lodge a complaint about Zurkowsky, talk about tampering. Time for you to cover boxing Zurk.

      • Really the Ticats have 6 picks in the top 20 3 in the top 11 i think the Cats will own FA

        • Extending their own players is not the same as picking up a free agent. Nice try though. Laurent, Dean and Shorthill were all resigned before the deadline. You are really desperate to troll, lol, indeed

    • Edward Smith // February 12, 2018 at 11:41 pm //

      Jacques Chapedelaine should never have been fired, Kavis Reed should never have been hired. That`s it in nutshell folks

      • OiseauxFache // February 13, 2018 at 12:08 am //

        Jacques Chapdelaine was a horrible HC. Didn’t get the best out of players. Example is EJ, he forced him to play in a position that wasn’t his strength and wasn’t comfortable in. No buy in from the players, a revamped O that he used in Edmonton in 2007. He should have been fired.

      • I’ll give you a third one: Bridge, Cato and Adams Jr. should NEVER have been let go. WTF?

      • Chapdelaine was the victim of his own past, and his own inability to overcome his baggage.

        Anyone who remembers the Casey Printers fiasco will also remember that Chapdelaine was part of the BC Lions coaching staff when Printers blew up and got himself drummed out of the league.

        Fast forward to the chaos of the Montreal Alouettes two seasons ago. With a sh*tshow coaching staff ostensibly lead by Anthony Calvillo, the Alouettes resembled nothing so much as Lord of the Flies, with Duron Carter assuming the lead character of “Ralph”. Carter, pissed because his dreams of CFL dominance were fading after the Alouettes traded veteran QB Kevin Glenn, decided to take his frustrations out on the team, and especially Rakeem Cato.

        Now Chapdelaine rightly identified Carter and cousin Stafford as the cancer eating away at the team, and rightly excised them. And yet, despite KNOWING who was to blame, he made no effort to protect Cato from the deeply racist backlash that eventually swept the young, talented QB out of the league.

        And I suspect, without of course being sure, that he allowed Cato’s CFL crucifixion because of the experiences he had with Printers, and his inability to rise above the (incorrect) association he made between the two.

        Add the fact that Reed hollowed out the best defensive squad so he could afford to pay Durant, and of course ACTUALLY SIGNING DURANT, pretty much sealed Chapdelaine’s fate.

        I look to team led by Cato and Adams, at the end of Chapdelaine’s initial season as HC, with the great defence we had, and two emerging QB stars, and I can’t help wondering at the insanity of Reed’s dismantling of that team, and everything that has fallen to dust ever since.

        REED MUST GO

    • Interesting, this thread has been sanitized several posts missing. Nice work 3 DownNation. Might as well leave the information up that helps you punk off the Alouettes.

    • A three legged Labradoodle would be a better GM than Kavis Reed.

      Reed is only GM because no legitimate GM candidate would take the job with Calvillo lying in the Reeds, ready to take over the team as OC, HC, or even GOD.

      Now that that insanity is over, and the worst coach to ever plague this league is GONE, it is mystifying to see a complete incompetent like Kavis Reed STILL in his position as GM.

      Alouettes fans would be well served if this Wetenhall chew toy of a CFL franchise could be pried from the slavering jaws of incompetence, and someone who ACTUALLY cared about the fans, the players and the team could take over the reigns.

      ENOUGH IS &^%$^& ENOUGH!!!

  2. Bestcflfan // February 12, 2018 at 6:40 pm //

    And Kavis Reed has been a terrible judge of talent. Look how many of his Als were good enough to play on the Grey cup team (and on SK which was 20 seconds away from making it there) but weren’t good enuf to play on a 3-15 team. Martese Jackson spent entire season on PR for example.

    • They are rebuilding. This is a bullshit story. More distractions and clicking bate here at the 3 DownNation. We will see how things turn out at the end of the week.

  3. It’s mind boggling how people like ‘Consequences’ Reed get jobs in football regardless of how many failures they’ve been instrumental in. He went straight from costing the Roughriders the Grey Cup in 2009 to being the Bombers DC in 2010 then wrecked the Eskimos before Wettenhalls hired him. Unbelievable.

  4. Too much negavity,Give the Als a chance to rebuild in 2018

  5. Anonymous agent LOL. More solid CFL/Canadian reporting.

    • Exactly right, Zurkowsky’s lost it. Who would think that it is ethical to do something like this? Either he has a personal vandetta against Reed or he’s an absolute idiot that just got played by a GM with no money to spend.

      Frankly Drew, this isn’t news it’s sabotage and I am shocked you are letting your site be used to try to sway the minds of readers. This won’t influence a player one bit.

      Unproven staff! Please Kahari Jones, Jason Tucker and Rich Stubler. Solid

    • 90% of all reporting on Trump/Russia is from anonymous sources. People have won Pulitzers from anonymous sources. Zurkowski may be a curmudgeon, but I’ll take his reporting over the bleached nonsense that passes for journalism most of the time.
      Smells like the Truth.
      Pisses people off.
      So it’s probably true.

  6. While not the same situation, people said the same (staying away) about Toronto last year with no GM or head coach and I think it worked out pretty well in the end for the Argos. 🙂

  7. Just saying // February 12, 2018 at 7:11 pm //

    Wow there’s a glass half full MLF I’m not sure what your seeing that others aren’t but good on you.

  8. You’ve got to be a good judge of race horses,not plow horses, though. Seems like there are too many personality issues on the Als with Reed at the helm. Having a good room starts at the top. You don’t have to love all your teammates, but you have to respect each other.

    • Seems to me that there is great synergy with the coaching staff. Strong staff if you ask me. Let’s see at the end of the week. I will give Mr. Reed that much respect.

    • What does race horses and plough horses have to do with free agency?

  9. Michael R Dennis // February 12, 2018 at 7:14 pm //

    Yeah, but the Argos got a GM and coach later to fix things.
    Montréal has a GM and a head coach. The GM doesn’t appear to be very good and the coach is a mediocre NFL washout with no CFL experience.

  10. They’ve been last in the east for, what, three years now? And they look like they’re getting worse, not better. I think the problems are one step farther up, with the ownership, and I think a change needs to be made soon before the fans completely abandon the team.

    • 100%. This team spent the last 3-4 seasons preparing for Calvillo to work his way through the coaching ranks, then take over as HC.

      And during that process, no competent HC candidate would even TOUCH this team, considering Wetenhall INSISTED that AC be OC. Who the f*ck would?

      The answer was: Jim Popp. and when the team couldn’t find anyone after Popp washed out, they hired “internally”, installing Chapdelaine as HC.

      The exact same process, with the exact same roadblock happened after Popp was fired: no legitimate GM candidate was going to accept this Calvillo-Arc for the team…especially since AC was proving himself to be one of the worst OC in Alouettes history (think I’m exaggerating? Check his record as OC).

      And after attempting to hire several GM candidates, they had no choice but to hire “internally” once again. And so Kavis Reed was promoted from ST coordinator to GM.

      It is a sordid history, of nepotism and incompetence. Calvillo is gone. Thanks to his own miserable performance as coach. And yet Reed remains. despite HIS. And the upshot is: NOT ONLY WILL NO FREE AGENT WANT TO COME TO MONTREAL, the same is probably true of most competent GM’s and coaches, at least until the Wetenhalls do the right thing, and sell the team.

  11. Billinburlington // February 12, 2018 at 7:15 pm //

    No surprise here. Any 3-15 team would be a team to stay away from. Every agent should be saying this. Every player should already know this. On the bright side, I’m sure agents were saying the same thing about Toronto last season… and look at them now. Montreal could be an opportunity for some FAs to make a name for themselves. And I believe Montreal might have the most cap space left. So all is not necessarily doom and gloom in La Belle Province. Tomorrow will be a very interesting day.

    • Well, not to quibble but not any 3-15 team is a good team to stay away from. The Riders were 3-15 when Jones was hired, but with his track record you knew the team was going to get turned around.

      • bleedinggreen // February 12, 2018 at 8:04 pm //

        Your hypocrisy knows no bounds….seriously, if the Toronto Argonauts can turn it around any team in the CFL can.

        • Considering they’ve won 2 GC in a relatively short span of time, and their tiny stadium is barely ever half full, I’m not sure you could say the Argonauts have “turned it around”.

    • Agreed, it is an excellent opportunity for any free agent and a great city with passionate fans.

    • Great opportunity for any player. Reed is a stand up guy. I don’t really get this fuss there is a team that has finished last every year in the history of the CFL and mechanisms like the negotiation list and free agency give them every opportunity to bounce back. Good luck Kavis Reed and the Montreal Alouettes.

  12. call me stupid but should the agent get the most $$$$ for the player ….Montreal or wherever(I am not a Montreal fan)

    • Right?! What kind of agent works like this? The one that has a conflict of interest everywhere in the league, reps players, coaches and senior football ops guys?

    • there’s 23K in playoff money to the Grey Cup Champs. Most players aren’t going to go to Montreal for 10K more because they will get that money back in playoff money and they actually get to win.

      • 10K ? No sir, many of the most talented FA are coming off the league minimum to get a market salary. This increase may be 2.5 times their wage for the last year and an options. Many teams simply don’t have the money that Reed has to spend tomorrow and will have to make choices and sacrifices. Can’t keep them all.

    • Paul Bomber // February 12, 2018 at 9:59 pm //

      I think a good agent goes beyond that. Perfect example (ok… a little vague, but still pretty good) is what happened w/Adarius Bowman – he took a job in Wpg for less moolah than another offer and he seems pretty happy. His agent made that happen – Adarius approved everything, but his agent made that happen! And don’t forget, that’s a shave for the agent too!! So there must be a reason to take a job for less money.
      I think the agent should be looking out for the long term of the athlete when they’re young, but what’s important changes as these guys get older.
      That said… Kavis is not a very pleasant person. His ego is insane (I’m sure he’s not alone) … but unlike a nasty cuss like Belichick, he’s got ZERO history of success as a coach and executive.

      • Bowmen took less money so he would see the field

        • True that too.

        • You are correct on Bowman. He will see the field in Winnipeg. Also if a dude like Bowman completely makes the wrong decision where to go. Then he plays one season and his CFL Career is over.
          In Winnipeg Bowman might get as many as 3 seasons to play.

      • Paul, let’s take Adarius for example. Do you think that his familiarity with the city of Winnipeg had anything to do with it? No, probably not although he was pretty clear in his statement. The Bombers would only have to explain why they couldn’t match the Riders offer. He wanted to be there. Nik Demski for a second wants to come home and because the bombers are broke and mismanaged probably for less money. Does that reflect well on the community of Winnipeg, I think so. Does that mean the bombers are the best team in the league, I don’t think so. As for the agent, he works for the player. Period

        That’s a lot of pent up anger to have towards Kavis Reed. I mean, come on Mike O’Shea isn’t the nicest, most humble guy.

        • Bleeding Green // February 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm //

          O’Shea strikes me as a players coach tho no? I feel like out of all the HCs, Id want to play for him. Just seems like a real decent dude.

        • Bleeding Green // February 12, 2018 at 10:51 pm //

          I cant get an accurate read on KR. Do Als fans like him or hate him? I see alot of negative comments about him, but Im pretty sure its all trolls.

          • Reed’s hated by trolls & fans alike even by fan-bases of teams he’s worked for in the past. He’s done nothing in his head office career to merit to continue getting jobs in the CFL. In Montreal alone he’s done nothing to improve the team yet. His only move that I would consider a positive is not paying Darien Durant bonus money & releasing him. Signing Durant was his fault to begin with.

          • Als fans like winning. They get attached to players and hate seeing them disrespected and shoved off them team.

            They hate being lied to and they hate being talked down to.

            There are always those who barely know what’s going on. There will always be those who support “those in charge” over their own good sense. And…considering “those in charge” have run this team into the ground, who knows, maybe there aren’t enough caring, intelligent, sensible Als fans to complain and “speak truth to power” and turn this team around.

            But for the most part, I like to believe that NO, Alouettes fans don’t like Kavis Reed, and the hack job he’s done.

        • Paul Bomber // February 13, 2018 at 10:58 am //

          I’ve met both Reed and O’Shea. Those two brief encounters left VERY different impressions. Reed was dismissive, arrogant and annoyed I wouldn’t let him have “cuts” in line… in fact, he said “Don’t you know who I am?”. O’Shea was friendly, insisted on taking a selfie with my friend and I. I know a kid going to school with one of his kids too – they’re reportedly humble, friendly.
          As for mismanaged/less money theory – the Bombers will spend as close to the cap as they possibly can bearing in mind they need to leave money for bonuses, etc., just like last year. So the fact they can sign players for less then another teams says a lot more about those other teams/cities than it does about Winnipeg. And the Bombers continue to turn a profit (I think this is where I drop the mic and walk off the stage. And this is the point where you get all hissy and spew troll-talk).

          • Paul Bomber // February 13, 2018 at 11:04 am //

            oh yeah… almost forgot! My buddy’s cousin (seriously!) coached university ball w/O’Shea at… I wanna say, Guelph (?) and yeah, he’s good, he’s confident, but he keeps his ego in check and what you see on TV is what you get in real life.

          • Good to hear my impressions of the man confirmed. Bad to see he’s still our GM.

    • Are you really saying that an agent’s ONLY duty is to get money for his player, regardless of the sh*tshow he might be sending him into? Come on!

  13. BlackGold58 // February 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm //

    An agent that will not represent his player to make the most money possible? Something is not smelling right here.

    With an unnamed source it could be the man in the polka dotted suit outside of Herbs office that was the source. Looks like the media is the main attraction at the circus in Montreal.

    • Paul Bomber // February 13, 2018 at 11:12 am //

      I don’t fully agree. An agent get’s paid based on what the player gets paid, so there’s that. BUT, maxing moolah isn’t always the only marching orders an agent gets from their boss, the player, especially when he is on the back nine of their career. Things like playing time, coaches, team mates, opportunity for success and being close to family start to play a bigger role. Smiling Hank Burris turned down more money in Wpg & another team (BC?) supposedly to be closer to family when he signed w/Ottawa.

  14. White Horse // February 12, 2018 at 8:28 pm //

    It’s time to stop Kavis Reed bashing…Pls let the Als go about business without throwing up road blocks every single day. They have been a successful team year over year. Come-on people!!

    • The bashing will continue till Reed actually makes a move to help improve the team or is finally relieved of his duties.

    • @White Horse.”They have been a successful team year over year”

      I’m terribly sorry you’ve been in a coma for the past 3 years. If you are an Alouettes fan, I suggest you do something more productive with your time…at least until things start to change for the better.

  15. habbernack // February 12, 2018 at 8:29 pm //

    A good example would be how many guys passed on coaching the Als.

    • They have a solid coaching staff. Herb was used when a candidate was told that they were not moving forward, they call Herb and say they are pulling out. Herb uses the influence of the Gazzette and puts out more lies. Why can’t you get both sides of a story and name a damn source?

  16. Interesting but I can’t say that I find it very surprising. Looks like Teddy will stay in black and gold again!

  17. Tom calder // February 12, 2018 at 9:05 pm //

    Let’s hope that the stature that coach Sherman has as ex packer coach, will re establish credibility for a franchise that desperately needs it. I don’t think Sherman would have come to montreal without the understanding that ownership buds out re personnel decisions. Now Reed has to prove his many detractors wrong and show he can recruit and assemble talent. Go Als

    • His detractors come armed with the fact that he got rid of talent: SJ Green, Bear Woods, Rakeem Cato, Vernon Adams…all so he could afford to sign QB DUD Darian Durant.

      How many chances does a person deserve, to prove his absolute incompetence?

      The Alouettes have no starting quarterback. They didn’t even scout the East-West Shriner’s game. WTF?

      Like every other Alouettes fan, I just want this team to be professional and to start building a winning tradition. Reed has shown NO SIGN that he’s capable, or even willing to do that.

      If this changes, perhaps I’ll consider forgiving him for dismantling a team I was looking forward to seeing win, for years to come.

  18. Dan Bombers // February 12, 2018 at 9:09 pm //

    Give me a break if a player is looking for a shot to play he should be thankful he has a team to play for not too many of these gigs around

  19. Dontfeedthetrolls // February 12, 2018 at 9:13 pm //

    Don’t shoot the messenger – Herb knows what he is talking about – click to the full story – the agent/source is part of a much longer more balanced piece. But common sense says the Als will have to overpay to attract talent to come to this rebuilding team.

    • Knew that was coming. You are the troll, see right through your spin. Don’t feed the troll because you had too much at the Alouettes expense today. The night before FA and you want to justify this hack job.

    • when the troll is the journalist // February 12, 2018 at 9:26 pm //

      Don’t shoot the messenger? He is supposed to be a journalist not a pawn to have malicious self serving “unnamed source” whisper distructive words in his ears. I agree with the consensus here. What agent is going to say this? Herb got used and it is his own fault. Wait for it- mea culpa for the second time this week.

  20. Bring back our Als // February 12, 2018 at 9:38 pm //

    They arguably had the worst second half in CFL history losing by an average of 39-13. No free agent will go to MTL without being paid more than anywhere else. The Als can only get better

    • Bring back our Als they will get better, much better. Popp had years to develop a QB, Canadian depth, an injection of youth but nada. Reed gets stuck holding the bag. Have some patience this is a rebuild.

    • “The Als can only get better”

      This franchise has gone under twice before. “Getting better” is definitely NOT the only possible outcome.

      Been an Alouettes fan for 50 years. If I were an agent, I’d tell my clients the same thing.. People have no idea (apparently) what a disaster this team has been.

      And for a LOT longer than folks realise.
      Reed is not the problem. He’s a symptom. The Wetenhalls have to sell this before it goes under yet again.

      Et ca presse.

  21. Blackhawk89 // February 12, 2018 at 10:04 pm //

    No there’s a good chance of 0-18 this year

  22. I would take this article with a VERY SMALL grain of salt. Most players will play close to home if possible or take the best offer in most cases. Free agency is a crap shoot anyway just like the draft. Highly rated players do not meet expectations in both situations and sometimes the diamonds in the rough exceed expectations. Argo’s were a non player last years free agent market and came out pretty good by the end of the year. Need any more examples??

  23. The reality, it comes down to the money… Montreal will have to overpay and put some money up front to reboot their program no question. Reed has tons of money to spend. close to a million dollars! that’s 3 times as much as some of his colleagues.

    I think they have a realistic shot at Westerman, Hardy and possibly Laurent. Imports they will be looking for a tackle if one is available and will make offers that are tough to refuse to guys like Konar, Davis, Heath.

    • Overpay, like Ed Hervey over paid Adarius Bowman and skewed the WR market in Edmonton? Like Brock Sunderland is doing now so he doesn’t get hung by fans who can’t let go of injured overpaid old players?
      It is convenient for you to point the finger at Reed who has done an excellent job preparing to have money to spend in FA. They will chase Westerman and Laurent who won’t if they have the money swami? Davis is Jovan, gets beat by better athletes. Heath is a big price tag. If Konar leaves Edmonton he goes to BC.

  24. Oh! And Herb is an equal opportunity destroyer.

  25. I don’t think Herb has a vendetta against Reed. Late last season as Montreal was hitting rock bottom, Herb said Reed should return as GM for another season. He was in the minority with that opinion. On the other hand, all those French reporters want Reed gone.

    People are overacting here anyway. I have no doubt the anonymous agent was telling the truth about steering his clients elsewhere. That does not necessarily mean however that every CFL agent will do the same. Only a handful of CFL players get big pay raises in free agency. Careers are short. Might as well get as much as you can before the sport throws you to the curb.

  26. Why Kavis Reed wasn’t fired after last season I’ll never know, but the guy is a buffoon and his track records in MTL and EDM are an example of why his teams have had bad records and why the Als will be in last place again this year! I would go as far as saying Montreal could possibly end up 3-15 again! If the Allouettes want to get back to their winning ways, Kavis Reed will have to go! Remember.. if the fish rots it usually starts from the head down..For the sake of this Franchise I hope he gets canned sooner than later..

    • A buffoon? Nice, you never fail to pile on Reed do you, just can’t help yourself.

      Reed’s track record was a winning record before Ray was traded. He was the one who worked the trade for Riley with BC. Was Edmonton a rebuild for Hervey, no way. Did they need a franchise QB, they sure did- Reed wasn’t given time to work with Riley.

      Al’s won’t be in last place this year. He has assembled a HC and strong staff. He has done what he needs to do to sign some core Canadians and increase depth in FA. The receiving corp was completely under utilized last year, Jason Tucker is an outstanding coach and is working lock step with Jones and Sherman.

      You are nothing more than an opportunist troll waiting in the weeds behind a pen name to take pop shots, snipe and pass judgement. Go love yourself.

      • Seriously? A team goes 3-15 and when someone expresses disfavour with the person MOST responsible, he/she is a “troll”.
        I think your argument is the one that won’t survive the light of day.

    • If the Alouettes DON’T sign Manziel, which is highly unlikely anyway, they will be extremely lucky if they duplicate last season’s record, or win a single game.

      It is rarely a safe bet to bank on only ONE dysfunctional team in the East, so who knows?
      But it’s hard to imagine a team winning a single game without a starting quarterback. Maybe we can just direct snap to Sutton every down?

  27. Where's Shultz? // February 13, 2018 at 7:52 am //

    “Name your source!” You guys are funny. Clearly you don’t anything about how journalism and reporting works.

  28. Where's Shultz? // February 13, 2018 at 7:54 am //

    Players will want to pass on MTL because players want to WIN. It’s that simple.

  29. Kavis may not be great, but I don’t think he’s really the source of the issue: the problem is one level up, and players/coaches will avoid Montreal as long as Wettenhall fils is in charge.

    • Yeah, it’s hard to judge any GM when your owner is the one doing interviews for the head coaching position. I’m not saying Kavis is a quality GM, but he doesn’t have control either.

  30. Time to stop scapegoating reed for the ills of ownership. I think whetahall respected marc trestman enough to be hands off re football operations. After he left, they began to mettle in football decisions. Popp eventually check out emotionally, and left the mess for kavis to clean up. Let’s support him

  31. just saying // February 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm //

    maybe Kavis should let it be known that hes not being allowed to be the GM if this is the case? as its only making things worse for him. right now hes kinda a chump!

  32. Where are the players,Khalil Carter said he will bring to Montreal?

  33. So far the Als are striking out at the plate.

  34. They will have to keep scraping the bottom. Some interesting coaching and player connections Als might be able to strike gold in. Ticats hired June Jones who loves Manziel but Manz wants more money than the Ticats have left. Meanwhile, Als hired Coach Sherman who was Manziel’s first college coach. Theres more..Sherman coached Brett Favre after the Packers Acquired him from Atlanta where he was traded by new Ticats Defensive Coordinator Jerry Glanville for..wait for it..Drinking too much. Not making this up. Other wierd facts. Glanville was born in Detroit but move to Perrysburg, ohio near Toledo. This is in the same region as Hamilton as all three cities are less than 30 miles from Lake Erie. Most famous Quote from Jerry is “NFL stands for Not for Long”. So is does CFL stand for “Can for Long”

  35. canadianfootballfan // February 17, 2018 at 9:38 am //

    The biggest test for the Als in 2018 will be having a head coach with literally zero CFL experience.

  36. Sask knows K R can’t count, good luck Als, NOT.

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