Roughriders GM Jeremy O'Day was active on Wednesday's CFL Trade Deadline Day, dealing veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn to the Montreal Alouettes and leading rusher Jerome Messam to the Calgary Stampeders. The details of the trades are in the posts below.
O'Day appeared on 620 CKRM's Coaches Show on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the moves. Here are some of his quotes:
ON MAKING THE TRADES
JO: More excited just to get everything finished. It's a little emotional when you're making these types of decisions so you're kind of up and down through the whole process not knowing exactly where it's going to end up. But at the end of the day we felt pretty good about the decisions that we made and what it means for the future of the Riders.
EXPLANATIONS OF THE DEALS
JO: With Kevin, for us, it was a decision that we made based on the future and wanting to see our young guys play. Really we just decided that we didn't see Kevin being part of our plans down the road so we wanted to 1) make a decision that was good for us but also 2) make one for Kevin to give him the opportunity to go to another team. At that point we were able to get a draft pick back but again the bigger part was that's the direction we're going at that position.
With the second trade, again it was a situation where we didn't feel very confident with bringing Jerome back (he's due to become a free agent in February). There's a number of factors that go into that and one is he's only under contract for the next three games, he's coming off one of his better years and age going forward is a concern although he's playing in his prime right now. But it was an opportunity to get a young kicker but to also move up in the draft which is important for us to continue building and developing our Canadian talent.
WHY WAS GLENN EXPENDABLE?
JO: Eventually you have to make a decision on where you foresee the future of the team and from my standpoint, eventually you're going to have to start developing quarterbacks and get young. Maybe it'll be the next Kevin Glenn or the next Darian Durant. Obviously we feel good about Darian's recovery and where he's going. We fully expect him to recover but it's also very important to get a look at our young quarterbacks and we're excited to see those guys play. We get an opportunity to take advantage of the bad situation that we're in by giving some young plays the opportunity to play that they normally wouldn't have had if we were in a playoff run. We're trying to turn the page and build for the future.