One of the greatest players in Canadian Football League history may be on the move.
The B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders have agreed on terms to trade Geroy Simon, one the most prolific wide receivers the CFL has ever had, to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
It does not appear as if the price is too steep for Simon's services.
Sources told Sportsnet.ca Thursday morning that negotiations between the Lions and Riders are all but complete. Saskatchewan would part with a mid-to-late draft pick and a player – believed to be an import – for Simon, should the deal get consummated.
The Roughriders would then likely negotiate a re structured contract for Simon, paying him around $150,000-$160,000 for the 2013 campaign.
With terms in place, it now appears the deal is contingent upon Lions general manager Wally Buono pulling the trigger on the trade. It is believed Buono was to "sleep on it," and make his decision on Thursday.
The Lions, Simon's home the past 12 seasons, are at a crossroads with the 37-year-old, believed to be owed around $205,000 in 2013. The organization has a number of young, promising receivers whom they believe can contribute at a cap hit that would be significantly more manageable. While it is believed B.C. would like to keep Simon in the mix – reportedly as a role player, and thus, a sizable pay cut – Buono, out of respect for the two-time Grey Cup champion, granted Simon (and his agent, Vancouver-based Dan Vertlieb) clearance to shop his services around the league.
Regina's Rod Pedersen, of CKRM Radio, first reported the news late Wednesday that the Lions and Roughriders were in trade talks regarding Simon, and they had "proceeded rapidly."
Simon, who holds the CFL's all-time receiving yardage record, appears to be part of a veteran exodus in B.C. The team released cornerback Byron Parker and receiver Arland Bruce last week.
Until last season, where a hamstring injury hobbled the veteran threat, Simon had recorded nine consecutive seasons of more than 1000 yards receiving.
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