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Thursday, January 24, 2013

FROM ONE 81 TO ANOTHER **UPDATE WITH CHAMBLIN AUDIO**

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have acquired import wide receiver Geroy Simon from the B.C. Lions.
 
Simon (6'0 – 198) is one of the most decorated players in Canadian Football League history. The 14 year veteran is currently the league's all-time leading receiver recording 15,787 career receiving yards to date. The 37-year-old presently sits third in receptions with 989, just 29 catches away from the all-time record. His 100 receiving touchdowns also places him third among career leaders.
 
Last season, the six time CFL All-Star had 54 receptions for 700 yards and two touchdowns in 13 regular season games. He was on pace for his tenth consecutive 1,000 yard season before missing five games due to injury.
 
· In exchange, the Riders have sent import receiver Justin Harper and a 3rd Round pick in the 2014 Canadian College Draft to the B.C. Lions.

Rider coach Corey Chamblin spoke to the media about the trade:

50 comments:

CM said...

Rod - Congrats on breaking the news! Don't like it as a football move. Better off to use the $ and pay Gore as a free agent. He's on the upswing and Simon is on the downside. A typical Taman move. Give a draft choice for an old vet. At least it wasnt a first rounder.

Anonymous said...

Clearing James Patrick’s salary is becoming a little clearer.

Hope they have cap space to get a pass rusher still

The Woz said...

Harper showed flashes but marginal player. And a 3rd rounder usually is a crap shoot - so I guess this is an OK deal....like to know his salary though because with amount already paying Carr, Dress, Getz, Labatte and Picard we are spending alot of money on offence which may hurt defence. I trust Taman on this one though. Welcome Geroy.

Rafal said...

THIS IS HUGE SIGNING BY RIDERS IN A WHILE!!!! Awesome news that just keeps getting better after Cortez hiring. Gotta make a trip back home to watch Riders rock Mosaic with Simon.

RDS

Anonymous said...

A great acquisition in a year when it should be made.... Grey Cup in Regina in 2013. There are times when you "break the bank" to give yourself the best chance to succeed. And we really didn't give up much to get the opportunity to glean as much from the consumate professional future HOFer that we can.The time to win is NOW, this year, in Regina. Times are looking good. PBB

Anonymous said...

tamens sentimental loyalty to ex Bombers starting to anoy and Impede better judgement. Team build through hard work and recruiting developement should be expected of any professional sports franchise.

JR said...

Who moves to the inside? Getzlaf, Bagg?

Anonymous said...

Uh...CM,

I bet you $150,000 that Gore signs with BC BEFORE he becomes a FA.

keith said...

One very important thing that Geroy brings to the team is his outstanding team leadership. He is a winner, and he is a veteran presence in the locker room that the players will need in a run for the cup.

stewart said...

From twitter:

@FarhanLaljiTSN: Geroy's contract with the #Riders is 1 year plus option & will pay him $170k. With bonuses he could reach close to 200k. #BCLions #CFL

Anonymous said...

Geroy gonna be on the cage tonight?
Kevin in Regina

Anonymous said...

Someone used their better judgment and common sense regarding Geroy Simon, Walls Buono and the BC Lions management !

CJ Evans said...

TSN is reporting $170k + incentives for 1+1 deal. I think this is a great move... you get a bonafide #2 receiver in our offence that will produce; Getzlaf will be in a much better position to make plays and be productive as a #3 receiver; Taj Smith and the possibility of Bagg make a pretty solid receiving corp. An exciting Cortez offence will be sure to keep everyone catching balls, racking up yardage, and scoring TD's!! Then you have Sheets and Sanders?!?!?!? WOW!!! Lookin real good!! The team is making a great effort to make sure we have home field advantage for the Grey Cup!!! :-D

Anonymous said...

Huge Lions fan. This is a smart move. Wally is seldom wrong. A hall of famer for sure but has lost a step and the ability to get seperation from the secondary. He started ahead of young, better recievers in the Western Final. He can still be a reliable possession reciever but paying 150,000+ for a 37 going on 38 with bad hamstrings is too much. He'll help the Riders, just don't expect him to the Geroy of 2004.

Anonymous said...

He is a winner,and a classy guy!!

Welcome to Regina!!

Anonymous said...

Personally don't like the trade. Old and on the down side of a great career. Who's next, some old ex Bomber receiver currently annoying CFL fans while on the TSN panel. If you can't find a young wide receiver that can run AND catch then it's time to move on Mr Taman.

Anonymous said...

I have to admit I have cursed Geroy many times for burning the Riders, and now he's on our side. He didn't just lose all his talent by getting older, there are many ways we have just benefited by this signing. A veteran like him will help the other receivers, help Darian help the coaches and help the Rider organization be even stronger. LAY OFF BRENDAN TAMEN ALREADY! This is gonna be a helluva year!

Anonymous said...

Heard a rumor that Milt Stegall is coming out of retirement. Wow! The news gets better.

Sam R

Anonymous said...

170.000.** plus Incentives potentially garnering In 200.000.** per year. Doesn't make sense long term for someone 37-38 ears of age on the downside of a career, oh well, now we know why the Roughriders have three championships because of short term decision such as this. If Geroy Simon gets the Riders Immediately over the top and a championship, then good on him, but this franchise should be recruiting and developing from withIn for the long term future of this professional CFL football club.

Anonymous said...

New Geroy Simon moniker, gramp"S" Thought the Riders sent.their old grandpa out the door a couple seasons back.

Mr.Morin said...

I can't wait to see Geroy tear it up for the Riders this year simply to shut up all of the negativity. Simply put, Brendan Taman improved the football team today and in no way, shape or form took anything away from the pool of talent we have at the present time.
It is hard to say that a guy is washed up when if not for injury he would have have his 10TH 1000 yard season. The man can catch the ball, he is not afraid to go over the middle and take a hit to make a play. He opens up space for Dressler, he makes Getzlaf that much better, not to mention who better for Taj Smith, a young man with a ton of potential to learn the inticracies of the game from? Seriously, this is a win - win no matter how you look at it.

Anonymous said...

YAWN........... over paying for an old receiver. Classic Riders.......

Tad said...

Good trade! Keep in mind the upcoming Ottawa dispersal draft plays a role in who you will want to protect: young stars with low salaries vs older players with high salaries. This fits the Riders current needs and better positions them for the dispersal draft

Bradford K said...

Class guy, excellent role model, hard worker and locker room leader. He was hobbled by a hamstring last season, but still garnered 700 yards. Great signing. Geroy still has something to prove, and the environment in Saskatchewan is electric. Looking forward to this season even more now!

Anonymous said...

Farhan Lalji coming up with these numbers? How are they at all credible????

Anonymous said...

I love it, the same losers that would have whined and cried if the Roughriders didn't go after him are saying that he is too old. Give me a break the guy can still play and he WILL help them. I do realize everyone is allowed an opinion, but maybe.... just maybe lets see how the year goes before we say he is a bust. Sorry just annoyed with the
RIDER-KNOW-NOTHINGS!!!! Mike Hammer

Anonymous said...

perfect addition for this team. Not the player he was but our offence is better today vs yesterday

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous...

Farhan Lalji follows the Lions all season long. I would think he would have the most credibility you dumbass!

Todd

Anonymous said...

Alouettes sign 35 year old Arland Bruce and 32 year old Byron Parker and they are "reloading and moving forward" signing guys who are "good enough for MTL but not for SSK."

Riders sign Geroy and we're "overpaying for an old receiver on the decline."

The negativity in Riderville never ceases to amaze me.

I'm happy to welcome Geroy to the Riders!

Anonymous said...

I just don't get it!!! Taman said earlier this week they were not interested in Simon and I was kinda glad to hear that. What's changed?? Did Simon become younger to age 30 or thereabouts. I'll give Simon the credit of being a class act and a great ambassador of the game, but that won't bring championships here any time soon. Taman would have been better off bringing back Dominguez who, at least, is a significant contributing member of the community. Remember Travis Moore?? With management like this, no wonder Riders only got 3 Grey Cups in over a century!

Anonymous said...

Simon says, phone up taman. Simon says, give me 170.000. plus Incentives equalling 200.000. Simon says, trade me to the Roughriders. Simon says, do the deal. What else will Simon say ? stay tuned to the voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Rod Pedersen.com

Anonymous said...

Spend all last year complaining that receivers have the dropsies. Acquire a sure-handed possession receiver and complain that he's over the hill. What the frick do some of you want???

Anonymous said...

Great news for Getzlaf! He goes back to being #3 receiver where he excelled an learns from Geroy! Perfect!!

Anonymous said...

We want a frickin championship, nothing less will suffice !

Anonymous said...

What the "frick" do I want? I want these guys playing for the Riders when they are in there 20's, not when they are knocking on 40. That is what I want. I'm tired of this team being the equal of the Laffs.

Anonymous said...

Classy guy, but washed up... Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Riders better today than yesterday? True
Riders best Wally? Hardly.
Riders ready to beat Wally? Not yet.
This trade moves Riders from 8-10 to 9-9. Lots of work needed to move from 500.

Anonymous said...

Woz said it right the other day, Wally is just trying to get some sucker to pay something for him. Now he says he trusts Taman on this one! Ha! Ha!

Anonymous said...

Sometimes people only want to see the negative in everything. Our reciever group at the end of last year was actually a good bordering on great. We won't lose anybody so far from that group. We added a import reciever, no different than if we added a import from the states with considerable NFL experiance. Simon could have the same effect DJ Flick did for his short time = championship or more like cory boyd for the esks. He has to make the team. If he sucks he will get cut. The risk is worth the reward. Go Riders

Anonymous said...

39 comments so far, welcome to Saskatchewan Geroy, just know that despite the negative comments you will recieve from a few idiots Rider Nation is huge and PUMPED that you are finally on our side

Anonymous said...

In what world does Brendan Taman beat Wally Buono in a trade? To trade picks for a 38 year old non featured Receiver is just not the way to go. Geroy Simon was about a week away from being released so why trade picks? It's not the issue of annonymous picks but it allows you to find the right players and start building. This throwing stuff up against the wall and watching what sticks is for the birds. Last year not one single Receiver stuck, and they were looking for guys on Youtube there isn't a lot to look build confidence.

Anonymous said...

I've come to realize that nothin is good enough for ppl in rider nation. We could have to 2007 grey cup team all again but it wouldn't be good enough cause Austin wouldn't be here

Anonymous said...

Romby Bryant, where are you ?

mister winnipeg said...

What is the point? A totally bizarro move to bring an old receiver to a team that doesn't really need one. And it's not like having Simon around is going to sell one more ticket.

At least the Lions got SOMETHING out of the deal. Not sure what the Riders are getting here that they couldn't have got from someone else, for less $.

The Woz said...

Anon - you are right I did say both those things. But did my first post sound pumped up about this trade? If so it was not intended that way...I still say that Wally was just trying to get something for him rather than cut him and Taman bit. Does that make him a sucker? I don't think so because the guy we gave up was a flop last year and picks are crap shoots. Wally got something but not much. And I trust Taman and Corey that they think Geroy still has something to add to team. If anything we needed leadership - we dumped most of our leaders that had been to the show last year and have a young team now...we needed someone like Geroy who has won the big one to show the new guys the way. So that is why I am giving Taman the benefit of the doubt.

One thing that bothers me though....Wally is a shrewd guy...so if there was any chance the he thought Geroy had anything left then why would he trade him to a west division rival that he plays three or four times this year. I also believe that if you are going to pay someone a base of $160,000 or whatever that he better light up the stats for 1200 yards and 10 TDs which I am skeptical he can do at 38. So ya I am worried about it from a production point of view but choose to remain positive and supportive.

Anonymous said...

As long as Sask didn't break the bank on this one... I hope GSimon's contract was seriously downgraded...

If not, then BC's management just one-upped Saskatchewan's...

Anonymous said...

So Woz, To be clear now, it is a flop and a crap shoot traded for a has been who has lost a step, but will provide leadership. That sounds positive and supportive to me.

Anonymous said...

I think because Woz believes draft picks are crap shoots the Riders should forego any further picks, and trade them all for over 35 year old players. I mean whether it's MLB, NHL, CFL, or NFL it's shown that drafting really is overated when trying to build a winner.

The Woz said...

Anon - that is exactly right. The net positive is the leadership. Just not sure it is worth $160,000 a year....And to be clear my post was saying I was being supportive and positive of the coaches and management that they know what they are going - as opposed to the whiney people on here that are never happy no matter what the Riders do. Couch potatoes like you and I are just that....couch potatoes. Leave the decisions to the Riders - untimately if the choice they made is not successful they will be held accountable including possibly losing their jobs if we don't win consistently over the next few years.

And to the nose"pick" poster...drafting is important but IMO only in the first couple of rounds are you likely going to get a keeper....once you get to 3rd and later you trully are in a crap shoot situation - sometimes you get someone good others you get a pig. The Riders feel they know what they have in Geroy - they don't know for sure what they would get out of a 3rd rounder.

Anonymous said...

'What the "frick" do I want? I want these guys playing for the Riders when they are in there 20's, not when they are knocking on 40. That is what I want. I'm tired of this team being the equal of the Laffs.'

When's the last time the Laffs were in the championship game? What players would you rather have?