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Thursday, January 24, 2013

SIMON SAYS: TRADE ME TO THE RIDERS!

Well, that might not exactly be what Geroy Simon said,  but it makes a good headline.  Regardless, the CFL's all-time leading receiver has never been as close to switching teams as he is today.  And Saskatchewan is the likely destination.

On Wednesday word came down that the B.C. Lions have placed Simon on the trading block and he's free to find another CFL team who's willing to pick up his current large salary via trade.  After initially saying they weren't interested, the Saskatchewan Roughriders apparently changed their tune.

Late Wednesday night Simon's Vancouver-based agent Dan Vertlieb was contacted by Saskatchewan and I'm told things proceeded rapidly.  It would seem that a trade-and-sign deal is imminent, whereby the Maryland product would in fact become a Saskatchewan Roughrider at a much-reduced cost.

As for the Lions, they would be able to get something for Simon in a trade rather than cutting him free.  The only reason he's on the market at all is because of Lions' GM Wally Buono's reluctance to pay him what his contract says.  And given what Simon's done for the B.C. franchise, Buono doesn't want to outright release him (see Jason Clermont).

"I understand all this, which is why I'm not annoyed or angered by it," Buono told the Canadian Press. "We're trying to resolve this and if we can, great, because I think it's an advantage to everybody to resolve it but what I'm saying today is the status quo cannot be.

"In fairness to any veteran player, their time comes and the question is when is that time? Our job, unfortunately, is to look into the crystal ball, make a decision not based on what you know but what you're observing."

Simon's CFL career began in 1999 when he was recruited to Winnipeg by then-Blue Bomber assistant GM Brendan Taman.  Over the next 14 seasons Simon would go on to catch more yards than any other receiver in CFL history.

"This is all being done out of utmost respect for Geroy the football player, Geroy the person and Geroy the personality," Buono said. "I would be a real jerk if I didn't do it this way.

"In my past I've not handled it this way but to me these are special circumstances."

What's in it for Geroy?  I mean if he's going to take a paycut to play, why not just stay in B.C.?  Well this way Simon wouldn't have to swallow the humiliation of staying with the Lions after taking a paycut, and he could finish his illustrious career in the heart of the CFL with the Riders and get a chance to play in the 2013 Grey Cup at a Roughrider at Mosaic Stadium.

It's win-win for everybody, and Simon likely wouldn't consider such a scenario with any other CFL team.

Stay tuned.
RP

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

"and he could finish his illustrious career in the heart of the CFL with the Riders and get a chance to play in the 2013 Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium."

He has a chance to play in the 2013 Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium no matter which team he plays with. What an arrogant thing to say.

Anonymous said...

so would he be wearing Elgaard's number?

Anonymous said...

Get a deal done!!

Anonymous said...

Simon as a role player and maybe a fifth receiver to go with Dressler, Smith, Getz and Carr or Sanders may not be a bad move provided the price is right. He can provide some experience and some leadership to the young guys like Smith and Sanders while maybe lighting a fire under Carr (who I think has the potential to be the biggest impact receiver in the league but doesn't seem motivated regularly).

If Geroy is willing to take an incentive laden contract then it's a good move. Otherwise Taman would be wise to pass on him.

Anonymous said...

If the price is right, make the deal. His leadership would be great in the room and add another weapon for Darian.

Anonymous said...

Yes it's true that he could play in the GC at Mosaic no matter which team he plays for....but as stated in Rod's Blog....he could finish playing the GC AS A ROUGHRIDER AT MOSAIC STADIUM...

Anonymous said...

Retire Simon...please

Anonymous said...

Arrogant? really? Is he suppose to enter a season with the expectation of losing?

Pretty sure he DOES have a chance to go to the Grey Cup with any team he signs with....based on the fact every player has a chance until their team is eliminated from playoff contention....

Berbs

Anonymous said...

If you want to win a Grey Cup then you have to load up this team. Simon has great hands across the middle and still has some deceptive speed. He can be the big body we are missing with Andy's departure. It totally opens up Weston to have another great year.

Larry said...

Shamori Williams for Geroy...straight up!!

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan will pick him up because that's what teams with no ability to find playmakers do. B.C panicked last year and played a washed up Bruce and Simon rather than the younger guys. The B.C Lions did not put their team in a strong position to win that Western Final, and the entire team knows it. They need to dump those two in order to send a message or lose the entire room.

Anonymous said...

Roddy I would favour factual headlines rather than made up ones that make a good headline.

Anonymous said...

Don't give up anything to get him. Best before date has been passed. BC gets a reduced salary. Otherwise pass.

Anonymous said...

Why do Rider fans insist on gazing longingly in the rear view mirror all the time?

Geroy Simon was a great player. Was. Over time, nobody in the CFL has been better at seeing a player has reached his "best before" date than Wally Buono.

Don't get me wrong, I think the world of Jason Clermont, but he wasn't exactly an impact performer here after being cut loose by Buono. Could he have been if used differently? I guess we'll never know.

Wally knows it's time to move Geroy out in favour of guys like Akeem Foster, Shawn Gore and Ernest Jackson. Rather than picking up other team's cast-offs, maybe the Riders should be trying harder to find the next Foster, Gore or Jackson.

Zeke

Anonymous said...

The Riders have brought in so many young talented receivers in the past few years. Very, Very few have been able to play in the more complicated pro/read offences. With that being said The chance to get a proven performer (even at a reduced capacity) should be welcomed with open arms. (See Travis Moore). A WR that can understand the nuances of an office are more important than pure physical talent.

Anonymous said...

Why not wear the #81? The Riders haven't retired it, and that Quinn kid wore it a few seasons ago.

Mr.Morin said...

Zeke,
Before you talk about the lack of an impact Jason Clermont had with the Riders, perhaps you should look at how much he was actually on the field which was not often. At the same time Geroy's numbers weren't great last year but he was hurt and probably used less than he had been in the past.
I welcome any deal we can make for Simon so long as we don't give up too much for him. He can still contribute, can be a great presence in the room, and most of all that open up space for Dressler.

Rich said...

Simon could still be our #2 rec based on the fact he doesn't drop every second pass thrown at him and can consistently run the right route. He had 1350yds in 2011 and 700 in 2012 with a 13yd average which was the same as Getzlaf. In a season where he was injured he still would have been our #3.

Anonymous said...

So your headline says "Trade Me To The Riders" and yet your first sentence says that's not exactly true. Then you go onto say the Riders have apparently changed their mind. At the end, you speculate that Simon would want to come to Regina because he could win a Grey Cup. News flash, he could win a Grey Cup with ANY of the 8 CFL teams.

I guess this is what makes you a blogger and not a journalist. If Simon does come to the Riders, that's great. But reading poorly reported blog posts does nothing but fuel rumors. And I feel for it...hook, line and sinker.

Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

Holy crap. I agree with Mr. Morin.

Who knew Superman would become a rider?

Bring it on.

Anonymous said...

He would finally get to have the S on his chest.

Anonymous said...

If Simon wants to win the Grey Cup, he's better off to stay in BC!

Anonymous said...

Hey Zeke... Have a look around the CFL. You will find that many older talented players have been picked up by abnother team. Hell Montreal just signed the oldest Defensive player in the league "Byron Parker" plus they signed Arland Bruce. Dont kid yourself. A team looking for some identity can get there much faster with a proven veteran on the roster. Why is it that we as fans think we know whats best for our teams. Arm chair GM's who insist on telling current GM's they dont know what they are doing. Do you think Chamblin would want Taman to sign Simon if he didnt have a plan to make it work? JEESH!

Howey Meeker

bobd said...

Zeke probably said it best. This is just not a good thing. He's 37 and fading fast. We need to find and play younger guys that will be around for awhile. He has openly dumped on Sk. so I don't see a fit. This is all about him saving face in BC and we certainly don't owe him that.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap ! I agree with Mr. Zeke. Roughriders management should be consistently scouting trying to upgrade the on field product, don't they have people In place hired to do exactly that? Picking up others old cast-offs not conducive for the long term roster. Year after year the Roughriders sit back during the off season and wait, and wait and rely on finding someone via a couple of camps down south. This Is supposed to be a professional football franchise. More urgency with high expectations required In a year that the Grey Cup will be contested on Taylor Field. Get out there and find those players required to bring the desired results of a deserved championship back to Saskatchewan and It's loyal fanbase.

GeorgesB said...

I love how people judge so quickly. I was never a Geroy fan myself, mostly because he always seemed to get the better of us. But, adding his experience and knowledge with a small salary and a contract that would pay bonuses for stats, etc. would be a great thing for the Riders.

We complain the young guys are no good, or they cant handle the pressure, or they need better coaching. Well here might be a solution. Mr.Superman will bring another strong voice to the locker room, add some excitement to the offense, and help along these new to the CFL receivers we seem to go through like water on a hot day.

Haters will always find something to complain about. We ask the GM to do something to make the team better, and when he makes changes, they are always the wrong ones to some people.

I will wait and see what happens, and would gladly cheer Geroy on opening day if he runs out on the field wearing Rider Green!

Anonymous said...

38 year old receiver on the downside, this Is professional football, no room for sentimental loyalty by any gm.

Anonymous said...

He is a winner and a classy guy!!

Welcome to Regina!!