Henoc Muamba would ‘prefer to sign’ with Alouettes: report

Henoc Muamba seems to have an affinity for La belle province, according to Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky.

That comes on the heels of TSN’s Darrin Bauming reporting that it’s very unlikely Mumaba signs with the Bombers.

Muamba spent time meeting with Alouettes coaches in late February.

The 2011 No. 1 overall CFL pick made a career-high 92 tackles earning league all-star status in 2013 before leaving for the NFL. After returning north of the border from the NFL in 2015, Muamba signed a lucrative two-year deal with Montreal where he played four games in 2016. Then-general manager Jim Popp shopped Muamba prior to a $55,000 bonus that was due on Feb. 16, 2016 before releasing him that winter.

Saskatchewan, one of the teams that considered trading for Muamba, signed him six months later following a stint with the Dallas Cowboys. Following two seasons in Saskatchewan, the Riders put Muamba on the trade block in mid-February, but, when no deal was consummated, the 28-year-old became a free agent after the Riders released him before an off-season payment that was due on February 15.

Last season Muamba had his best year since the CFL all-star campaign he put together in 2013. He played in 17 games and recorded 82 tackles, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions to earn the Riders’ Most Outstanding Canadian award.

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70 Comments on Henoc Muamba would ‘prefer to sign’ with Alouettes: report

  1. And in other news Johnny Football secretly got married but no news about Duron Carter. (so far today)

    • 3rd and 1 // March 18, 2018 at 12:36 pm //

      Ok everybody…. join in on the Muamba 2018 free agent train song. There is only one song that best describes Muamba right now…
      Here we go loopty Lou here we go loopty lie. Here we go loopty Lou all on a Saturday night.

  2. Blackhawk89 // March 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm //

    Alouettes… The most expensive 0-18 team ever put together

    • 4 the record // March 16, 2018 at 10:40 pm //

      Don’t believe the hype.

      The Eskimos and the Toronto Argonauts have the highest average salaries in the league by a significant margin. Alouettes are In the group of the lowest average salaries with Ottawa and the Stamps. Montreal has worked hard on cap management as well as increasing the caliber of athletes, signing ratio breakers and Canadian depth.

      4 the record

      • If the Esks and Argos have the highest average salary I assume that the other team are not spending all their cap money?
        The cap is closely managed by the league. There is nothing to stop a team from not spending to the cap but paying lower salaries.

  3. Paul Bomber // March 16, 2018 at 2:38 pm //

    Too bad, but if he doesn’t want to be here, then I don’t want him here upsetting the karma. Montreal is an amazing city, but for the best chance at some extra paydays in the playoffs, a cheap(ish) cost of living and home to 857 Nobel Laureates, this is the place to be!

    • Come on now. The Bombers haven’t won the GC since Reagan was in office, or was it Jimmy Carter?

      • Paul Bomber // March 17, 2018 at 7:21 am //

        You need to work on your history, you turd. Why don’t you go troll a hockey site or something, k?

      • So you mean since Reagan stole the election from Carter by making a secret deal with the Iranians to keep the hostages while funding and arming the Contras?
        My. Has it been that long?

  4. Jeff Garcia's Agent // March 16, 2018 at 2:42 pm //

    Montreal is the only team left that can afford him. Had he been willing to take a pay cut, it’s conceivable that he would’ve just taken the pay cut offer the Riders asked him to take.

    He wants as much of the $220K he was due to make and clearly is unwilling to take much less to continue playing. His choice. His 2018 stats should look good seeing as he’ll be on the field for 3/4 of the season.

  5. BigRedMachine // March 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm //

    Pretty tired of the annual Muamba signing circus….

  6. BlueBomberChris // March 16, 2018 at 3:07 pm //

    Must be “preferred” because he’ll get more money. We all know it can’t be for the GC opportunity. Oh well, sorry to miss out but you can’t worry about that. We’ve got JSK plus the Americans our scouting department can uncover.

    I just have a sneaking suspicion we’ll be back here again next year of money is his only deciding factor

  7. Muamba is waiting for somebody to get hurt in minicamp or a team panics with a misjudge of talent level on their roster. Either of that would up his worth. Barring that happens before CFL training camps, Muamba ends up in Montreal in order to get the largest payday.

    • That’s a smart decision if he is. Because you know there’s a bunch of teams that have badly overestimated their NI talent and are going to be desperate once they realize they’re lacking quality NI players.

      • greenenvy? // March 16, 2018 at 5:57 pm //

        Well Wpg is one. Westerman & Hurl were designated Nationals at DE & MLB. Now they’ll probably go 4 on OL & Harris plus backups is 5. That means playing Demski at slot & Loffler. But they’re not in the enviable position they were in before.

        • 4 the record // March 16, 2018 at 10:42 pm //

          Agreed watch the metrics move from league leading to average this season.

          4 the record

  8. The man has a chance to live in either Montreal or Winnipeg, and in addition the Als will pay him more. Not really a hard choice, is it?

    • Habsnriders // March 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm //

      It’s a very tough choice . Play for more money on a team that will have a bad season , makes for a long tough year. Plus the income tax in Quebec is brutal

      • I think he means the distinction between living in a major metropolis like Montreal and a city with the “windiest corner in the world” as a major attraction.

    • BlueBomberChris // March 16, 2018 at 6:31 pm //

      You’re right, Winnipeg is the better choice…it’s so obvious I don’t know how he doesn’t see it :p

    • Paul Bomber // March 17, 2018 at 7:25 am //

      When you’re talking CFL salaries, cost of living is a consideration and in that case, on a strictly financial basis, more money could (should?) be only one consideration. But then playing with his brother is something to think about too.

      • How do you know he wants to play with his brother?

        • Paul Bomber // March 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm //

          Basing that on the fact Wpg signed his brother to improve their chances of resigning him after his rookie contract before he bolted for the NoFunLeague. The Bombers dumped the brother shortly thereafter. And then I’ve heard Bob Irving make a comment about Montreal might be able to sign him for less than Wpg because of this.

    • You couldn’t pay me to live in Quebec. Well at least not with a CFL salary.

  9. It’s not about the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the green and white fans. It’s not about familiarity with the city of Winnipeg and the Blue Bombers. It’s all about Henoc Muamba. Funny, how greed works. Looking out for number one, and only one. Now, if Henoc was an American linebacker? What if???

    • Paul Bomber // March 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm //

      If he was American, there wouldn’t have been a bonus in the first place but you’re totally right – if not for the fact he is a Canuck playing a skill position on D, there would be no story here.

  10. His record clearly states he goes to the highest bidder and who can blame him?
    Careers can be short. He will see first hand the chaos of a Kavis Reed team to be sure. He won’t have any fun in 2018 but his bank account will.

  11. funny, in the beginning it was about checking out facilities, I can’t see facilities in montreal being better than that new building in winnipeg so its obvious the highest bidder. but really can 20k or so make or break the bank, especially when the bombers are real contenders for playoff money.

  12. Fan in the stands // March 16, 2018 at 4:32 pm //

    Henoc wants to be paid, rather than win. I guess there is an “I” in team.

  13. ball players in this league need to make as much bread in their short careers as possible. so if team a will pay him 180000, and team b 210000 take taxes into account and go where you make a better buck. sadly, many of the guys who don’t have second careers will be broke after football

    • Fan in the stands // March 17, 2018 at 12:49 am //

      Where do you think that “buck” would stretch farther.., Winnipeg or Montreal? He would have probably saved money signing with the Bombers, and be collecting playoff $$$, versus Montreal where they will fire Kavis Reed, and their American, absolutely no CFL experience, head coach by mid season, and have a 3-15 season. Just remember who drafted you Henoc, and where you had your best years in the CFL. Not sure your up to O’Shae character Henoc. GO BLUE!!!

      • Paul Bomber // March 17, 2018 at 7:28 am //

        That’s something I’m wondering about… the character issue. And yeah, while I generally don’t like to see a team to hurt in the CFL, I have to wonder how much Montreal will accomplish.

  14. Not a band wagon jumper // March 16, 2018 at 6:59 pm //

    Funny, word out of Winnipeg is that he would prefer to play there, and the word out of Montreal is that he would prefer to play there… probably a figment of some sports guys imagination, he p,as where he gets the most money. The chance to win a possible Grey Cup or play for the 10th best team in the league or play for the money is a no brainer. MONEY is the answer! To thine own self be true. Good luck!

    • Bleedsgreen // March 16, 2018 at 10:50 pm //

      Muamba would have had a better chance to win a cup in Saskatchewan then Winnipeg. Sorry, blue and gold you had a good run last year. Riders will be a force this year. Start 4 Canadian Olineman is not stat, cap or cup friendly.

      He is a ratio breaker, hope he signs in the East makes it tougher for opponents in the west.

      • Fan in the stands // March 17, 2018 at 12:52 am //

        You wish. You can remain the best cross over team in the league…, #4. Can’t wait to play your team this season. GO BLUE!!!

      • Ratio breaker? the CFL needs to REDUCE the ratio so we won’t have to talk about ratio breakers and this type of story.
        I want to see more talented, stronger, faster players and less attention given to players that shouldn’t be playing at this level.

        • Anyone wanting to reduce the ratio just doesn’t get one of the points of the CFL: having a professional football league made up of Canadians for Canadians. This is OUR League would be a pretty ironic catchphrase if there were no Canadians playing, and nowhere for CIS talent to continue their careers.
          Adding a Canadian QB slot, in some way or another, would be a great step IMO.

  15. I say there…one more time…what’s this guy done, or more importantly, won, to earn such dizzying financial accolades? Over rated…and over paid.

  16. Translation Wpg offered far less and winning is less important than money. Dude could have signed with 3 of 5 West teams and had a legitimate shot at a cup but he has always been about the money and Montreal is desperate enough to pay him what he wants so he will go and be part of the Trainwreck with Kavis Reed as the conductor. Which is pretty much exactly what he deserves

    • Bleedsgreen // March 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm //

      Montreal has made some strong moves in the off season. I don’t see them finishing in the bottom in the East. Keep on bashing away though better them then Jones (people love to hate him too)

  17. Edward Leslie // March 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm //

    Gord, I agree with you. The CFL isn’t like the NHL or other leagues. Its a small budget enterprise. I don’t think you call out players as “greedy” for taking a little more cash in one city over another. It’s common sense.
    Muamba, as a Congolese Canadian, was brought up speaking french first, so that AND the higher amount play into it for sure. But Montreal’s playoff hopes aren’t as promising as Winnipeg’s IMO, their facilities definitely aren’t up to Winnipeg’s beautiful stadium and didn’t Montreal previously kick Muamba to the curb over a bonus. Winnipeg didn’t release him, like Montreal and Saskatchewan did. Tough choice for Muamba. Maybe he’s waiting for Ottawa to make an offer? They lost their MLB Taylor Reed, but have been silent on the Muamba “wine and dine” tour.

    • BlueBomberChris // March 16, 2018 at 8:03 pm //

      The French thing is understandable however Winnipeg is home to the largest francophone population west of Quebec. He can go to St. Boniface or many of the surrounding communities and find lots of French speaking residents. Not the exact same but certainly enough to make that not the ONLY deciding factor

      • Good luck trying to find people that actually speak French in St Boniface, you can’t even get services in French in St Boniface.
        French in Canada is shrinking especially outside of Quebec. We become less of a bilingual country every year, fewer people speak French and fewer French in quebec speak English.
        I’m sure this guy couldn’t care less, he lives in an English world now.

    • Fan in the stands // March 17, 2018 at 12:55 am //

      French speaking…, second largest French speaking culture outside of Quebec…? Winnipeg, St. Boniface! GO BLUE!!!

  18. Edward Leslie // March 16, 2018 at 7:50 pm //

    I’m definitely NOT a Kavis Reed fan, but he has added a lot of talent: Jamaal Westerman, Mitchell White, Tommie Campbell. Kyle Knox, Josh Freeman and Joe Burnett.
    Add Muamba, plus they have the first round pick in the draft too. Maybe the train won’t go off the tracks in 2018? It would certainly be a good time to turn things around for the Als, after the disastrous season for Les Habitants.

    • REED has added a lot of OLD fading talent from other teams. THIS is not the way to build a Championship team.

      I’ve seen it dozens of times in my 50+ years as a CFL fan: an incompetent GM other teams’ dregs: ex-stars, trending downwards. While THOSE teams replace them with up and coming stars of the future, building towards a Championship team.

      Had quite enough of “bitter dregs” from other teams thank you, and of the incompetent, disingenuous Mr. Reed

  19. Footballnut // March 16, 2018 at 8:11 pm //

    He’s a ratio breaker at mlb – that’s why he gets paid the cake he does and he was a good enough player to play in the nfl- that’s why he gets what he gets. I love the overpaid talk by the “experts”

    • Yes he was good enough to play in the NFL but obviously he’s not good enough NOW………..lol
      His resume makes him a ratio breaker but I would like to see the rules changed and we are not fighting over one Canadian player. Reduce the ratio and we can have dozens of players of his calibre in the league.
      We are overlooking so many great players because we have to make room for Canadians

  20. Just saying // March 16, 2018 at 8:30 pm //

    Reed is not building a team, he’s cherry picking over priced players. Nothing wrong with the players but I think you build with youth sprinkled with vets. And a QB

  21. Bombs away // March 16, 2018 at 9:53 pm //

    Edward, Montreal sure have a lot of talent including the illustrious QB’s whose name escapes me…. Willy something and Josh something else.

  22. Bombs away // March 16, 2018 at 9:59 pm //

    Greenenvy, Sure glad Hurl is now your problem. If we can’t get a NI MLB we will use a pylon. It will still get credit when guys run into it. No drop in tackles.

  23. Bombers will have 4 on o-line, plus Harris and Demski on offence; loffler and I believe a rotation of Faith Ekakitie and Trent Corney playing the D-live (Ekakitie holding starters edge perhaps) for our 7. Muamba would have given us a rock solid mlb and injury flexibility by starting 8 Canadians like Calgary has often done. Muamba was tweeting he was trying to get a deal done in Winnipeg and liked my tweet encouraging him and the bombers to make it work. He wanted to go and win, but money is a factor too but the bombers aren’t going to budge much so that explains his eastward lean suddenly. He is top calibre, and will have all star worthy season wherever he plays…unless the Als turn out to be as bad as many suspect and nobody has a good season

    • Stubler has never finished statistically in the bottom If the league. So expect the D to make a mess with Westerman, Burnett, White and Campbell add Muamba. This is one underdog I will put my money on.

  24. Sounds like a never ending soap opera. Montreal may be a fun place top live but Winnipeg is the place to be with a WINNER. Very clear choice Muamba needs to make – lifestyle vs a possible Grey Cup in the very near future. Convinced Montreal is on the way back to better days but Bombers are just about there as far as winning a Championship.

  25. Edward Leslie // March 17, 2018 at 3:45 am //

    Just saying: You are bang on about FINDING talent. I think the Canadian draft, Neg list and NFL training camp cuts aren’t as reliable as good old fashioned free agent camps. Teams hold these in places like Birmingham, El Paso and Memphis every year.
    The players come to the teams of their own accord, and even pay small participation fees like $200 to get a look see.
    Many of the players are clearly not good enough, but many blow the doors off at their auditions. They have really good college backgrounds often too, but just fell through the cracks and are just desperate to get tryouts.
    The Alouettes need to hold more of these FA camps and unearth some gems.

    • The obvious way to find better talent is REDUCE the Canadian content.
      There is just not enough good Canadians to fill 9 teams.
      The Canadian draft is a huge disappointment every year, most teams trying to fill the “O” line.

      • STOP TRYING TO DESTROY MY LEAGUE WITH YOUR AMERICANIZATION OF OUR GAME. NEXT THING YOU’LL BE PUSHING FOR 4 DOWNS AND 4 HOUR BROADCASTS.

        Sorry ’bout the allcaps, but reeaaaalllly.

  26. Edward Leslie // March 17, 2018 at 10:40 am //

    Jim, the lower the ratio goes, the less chance Canadians get to play. Even ones who became stars like Jon Cornish and Andrew Harris had to start on Practice Rosters and special teams for years.
    If they increased the ratio, Canadians wouldn’t be buried on special teams.

  27. No worries. Have fun NOT making the playoffs. #ForTheW

  28. papazoola // March 17, 2018 at 1:24 pm //

    I wonder how long it will take before we see Muamba sitting alone, sulking at the end of the Montreal bench, like he did his first time around there…No fun losing all the time…but if that’s what he prefers….lol

  29. Edward Leslie // March 17, 2018 at 11:09 pm //

    Well said, Nostredummass! You are definitely NOT a dumb ass.
    I always get frustrated at the “Let’s lower the Canadian ratio” suggestions. Its supposed to be the Canadian Football League, not NFL-north.
    The seven Canadian starters is supposed to be a minimum, not a set maximum number. Relegating possible break out players because a team “Already has seven Canadian starters” is a further annoyance. Play eight or nine or ten Canadian starters then! Good teams like Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa have done so.
    I think of a player such as Jason Arakgi. He is the all time Special teams tackle leader in CFL history. Yet Arakgi hardly ever got to play his true linebacker position in the CFL. Why not? The ratio limitation held him back from getting an opportunity, as it did and does with many others.

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