Adrian McPherson to NFL

I was just looking at the posts re Leak and, discovered posts by Senior and Mad Jack that indicate that McPherson in now in the NFL-Jaguars. I am not suprised in that there is some agreement between the two leagues that allows players to jump to the NFL and, I read a while ago that he was interested in the NFL. One has to hope that AM makes it in the NFL as he was an unused QB with Montreal. The team did not give this good QB any playing time and he just languished on the bench. the Als bettter sign Chris Leak who has suddenly got his big break, most likely to emerge as the backup to AC. More than ever, for the sake of our favorite team, lets hope AC can recover completely from his health issues.

I stand to be corrected but I understood the reports in the francophone media to be to the effect that he has a tryout, but hasn't signed in the NFL just yet.

That's what I understood too -- he's tried out but hasn't yet signed. If I were Adrian, I'd think long and hard before I put pen to paper on an NFL contract if there's no money upfront. If things go south with the labor dispute and there's a lockout, he can't come back to play in Canada. And I highly doubt the UFL would be more remunerative than his current salary in Montreal. If the Jaguars do offer him money upfront, of course I wish him all the best.

I also expect a certain poster to be in here shortly screaming blue murder and taking this opportunity to crap all over the Als organization. In 3, 2, 1 ...

:D

Ce que McPherson a dit à Radio-Canada, c'est qu'il aurait un essai avec les Jaguars. Il a dit que maintenant qu'il est père, ce qui compte pour lui est la stabilité, et que si les Jaguars ne mettent pas assez d'argent à la signature, il préférera demeurer à Montréal.

La stabilité de McPherson à Montréal se discute de nouveau après la saison 2011, alors je doute que cet argument pèse vraiment dans la balance. La seule question est de savoir combien les Jaguars seraient prêts à lui verser maintenant pour qu'il joigne leurs rangs.

Voici le texte. http://www.radio-canada.ca/sports/football/2011/02/07/004-als-mcpherson-essai.shtml

[b]Un essai pour McPherson[/b] Mise à jour le lundi 7 février 2011 à 20 h 25 Un texte de Guillaume Lefrançois

Il est moins une pour Adrian McPherson. À l'approche de la date limite pour s'exiler, le quart des Alouettes a déniché un essai chez les Jaguars de Jacksonville.

C'est ce que McPherson a confirmé à Radio-Canada Sports, lundi.

Les joueurs dont l'année d'option dans la LCF est en 2011 - comme McPherson - ont jusqu'au 15 février pour signer un contrat dans la NFL. C'est donc dire que le temps presse pour le dauphin d'Anthony Calvillo, mais le principal intéressé ne s'en fait pas.

« Je suis un peu indécis en raison du possible lock-out dans la NFL, raconte McPherson au bout du fil. Mais je vais tout de même tenter ma chance. On va bien voir ce qui va se passer. »

Ce risque d'arrêt de travail place les joueurs dans une situation inconfortable. S'ils signent un contrat et que la saison 2011 est annulée, ils se retrouvent sans salaire. La seule solution est de dénicher un contrat accompagné d'un bonus, ce que McPherson ne croit pas pouvoir obtenir.

En cas d'échec à Jacksonville, McPherson reviendra à Montréal de bon gré. Maintenant père d'une fillette de neuf mois, Demi, on sent que l'homme a changé. Le jeune quart impatient de jouer, qui avait exigé une transaction l'hiver dernier, s'est calmé. Même avec Calvillo qui a annoncé qu'il souhaite jouer deux autres années.

« J'ai un contrat et je vais l'honorer, rappelle l'athlète de 27 ans. En attendant, je vais apprendre le plus possible. C'est ma dernière année de contrat. L'hiver prochain, je discuterai avec l'équipe. J'aime Montréal, et j'aime le fait que, historiquement, l'organisation garde toujours ses quarts longtemps. Avec ma situation de père, ma priorité, c'est la stabilité. Idéalement, on pourra trouver une entente. »

Testaverde, le professeur

En attendant, McPherson écoule son hiver à Bradenton, en Floride, une banlieue de Tampa. C'est là que se situe IMG Academies, un centre d'entraînement où il garde la forme.

Le hasard a placé un certain Vinny Testaverde sur sa route. Même s'il n'a pas joué dans la NFL depuis 2007, le vieillard continue à lancer des ballons. Dans quel but?

« Je ne sais vraiment pas ce qu'il a en tête, a lancé McPherson en rigolant. Mais pour un homme de 47 ans, il est en excellente forme.

« Je lui ai demandé comment il a fait pour jouer 21 saisons. Des gars jouent huit ans et on considère qu'ils ont eu une belle carrière. Il m'a dit prend ça un jour à la fois, de prendre soin de mon corps et d'arriver chaque jour au vestiaire avec une bonne attitude. Et avec un peu de chance, de rester en santé. »

Testaverde est également un ancien protégé de l'entraîneur-chef des Alouettes Marc Trestman, à l'époque où Trestman faisait partie du personnel d'entraîneurs de l'Université de Miami.


Il dit : "Je vais respecter mon contrat." Le départ de McPherson s'avère de plus en plus probable.

Leak ou Santos, les gars?

With all due respect
I already made my feelings known in the aforementioned post

I'm sure I won't be the only one wondering why the Alouettes have squandered a magnificent future:
Chad Owens, Andrew Hawkins and now...perhaps...Adrian McPherson.

When the team is languishing in mediocrity....and McPherson is starring wherever he ends up
I'll expect an apology for the near-constant mis-treatment and dis-respect
For now...and considering I mentioned a week ago he might be leaving
I'll salute you with a deserved "Bronx Cheer"
And a less-than-satisfying

I Told You So!!!

And yes....nothing is set in stone
McPherson wants a stable situation
But take note: if he doesn't sign with the Jaguars
And the Alouettes continue to show towards him
The same disrespect certain characters in this hoohaa gallery have shown towards me
You can be sure he'll be outta here next year
And with him, a glorious future.

Hopefully Jacksonville doesn't get it...and we'll get another chance.

He's got less than a week to decide if he signs an NFL contract or not and with a possible lock-out, he'll stay put !

He needs the $, and with Als he's got a salary coming in.....which he doesn't right now in his NFL try-out....

To Senior....nothing is done yet........you remind me of Marty York....1000 predictions...1 comes true and starts screaming I TOLD YOU SO ! Stop freakin' out !

Blastoff
Amazing how certain brainiacs feel they can complain and criticize the team on whatever subject pleases them
And transform with whatever wonder-hormones into a bouncy cheerleader when it doesn't.

I stand by what I've always said:McPherson will one day be known as one of the best quarterbacks to have
ever (?never?) played in the CFL.

The Alouettes...unless Popp can pull some miracle QB out of his bag of tricks....will die as an organization when Calvillo eventually passes into history.
This fate was completely avoidable...and despite a life-long love of the team....and considering some questionable moves the last few years...I can't help feeling the fate will be well earned.

And in no small part due to some over-opinionated (5241 posts....lawdy me) and oddly shaped commentators.
Take a bow....you really deserve it!

I’m completely sanguine about the whole thing:
I’ve been right all along…most have you have been wrong

LeStaff said it best: Leak or Santos

Ugh…there’s your future folks
You asked for it…you got it
If only some of you had had the sense to promote Mcpherson
Try to get him some more playing time
Well you see where it’s all going…

So anyways…congratulations
Good work all
(with a few notable exceptions)

Maybe I'm crazy, but that article makes it sound like Adrian doesn't hold out much hope of Jacksonville offering him guaranteed money. Furthermore, he's now the father of a baby girl and stability, according to the article, is what he's looking for -- he likes the fact that the Als have traditionally kept their QBs for a long time. We'll see how this plays out, but if the Jags don't offer money upfront, why on earth would he leave a good, steady paycheque in Montreal to be a training-camp body in the NFL, especially with the threat of a lockout looming?

If he leaves, he leaves, and we'll adjust, but let's not start the pity party before he's even signed a contract.

I totally agree with you; does not sound like a player who will leave. His agent is probably trying to get him a new contract with the Als.

I am not pessimistic; he will be in training camp; if not,we will adjust. He was on injured reserve for the first 9 games of 2010. Yes,maybe he's not had the chance, but he proved nothing,yet. We will do OK if/when he leaves.

Richard

Despite being an avid Al fan, I do hope that Adrian makes the right decision for Adrian. In reading of his history last year and, by observing him in action the past two years I believe this young man deserves a break and, if that is the NFL then, I will be following him in the NFL. From my TV observations of the man, I perceive him to be a quiet individual, a person who is greatful of his talents and, someone who has learned to accept his station in life whatever that may be at differing moments in his career. I believe the team has screwed him by not giving him the opportunities that they gave Calvillo that is- by not permitting him to self develop by having game action while being the number two QB. Calvillo was able to grow into being a top QB by actively playing games. For their reasons, the management did not allow Adrian this opportunity.

I perceive Adrian as being more passive than aggressive [ I disagree with you LeStaff ], last year Adrian did not speak loudly of his desire for playing time. Nor did he complain to the press of his lack of playing time.I believe Adrian made a mistake by allowing Popp to get him to sign a two year contract. Personality wise, Popp is much more aggressive and, in conflict situations, for the short term, aggression can usually assend over passivity. Had Adrian consulted with an agent, my guess is that he would have only signed for only one year. Then he would have played [ Argos, B Bombers ] in the CFL last season for big bucks. If Adrian returns to the Als, I would like to believe he would have demands attached for his return- more money, more playing time, etc.

Senior…in the interests of fair play…

If AM stays and becomes a star for 10 years after Calvillo retires will you say: Well done Montreal. well handled
If AM goes to Jax and fails miserably: Will you say good effort guess you were not quite good enough?
If AM stays in Montreal and is not successful in that he plays poorly: will you say I told you the wrong thing? (in 22 font )
If AM gets busted for gambling again will you say: whoops
I should add: If AM sues his prospective team again : will you say whoops

LOL

Not a chance.

He's always right, didn't you know that?

HE TOLD YOU SO. . . and if, lord forbids, he turns out to be WRONG himself, you'll never hear a mea culpa.

Need I say more ?

Yes, we just won 2 Grey Cups in a row. . . what a lousy organization, what lousy fans in here, eh ?

Yup, we're a HORRIBLE organization! Just horrible. So poorly run, no vision, no competence, nothing. Our GM couldn't build a good team if his life depended on it, and as for the coaches? Yikes. What a bunch of sad sacks, eh? They don't know how to scheme, don't know how to adjus--

*checks headset

Oh, we're not talking about the 2009 Argonauts? Well, who are we talking about, then? The 2003 Tiger-Cats? The Renegades?

*checks headset again

We're talking about the Montreal Alouettes? Seriously?

I can accept Senior's man crush for Adrian if he wants but what disrespect by the Als ? He's the backup, he's had more playing time each and every season in Montreal. Every season and with AC's age that is likely to continue, he makes six figures with next to no wear and tear on his body and he's got the best QB and best Coach to learn from. His time will come.

Yeah, remind me, at what age did Calvillo become the starter in Montreal? How old is McPherson now? :slight_smile:

Senior, you seriously have to get over the bug up your keester! You're going to give yourself (and us!) an ulcer! We have all been, at times, frustrated when our Als lose, when we see a player doing something hairbrained...etc. But, in the final analysis, we are fans of a GREAT football team, not good - GREAT!!!! Most CFL teams would envy us and our record.

Players come and go, good ones, so-so ones, and everything else in between. Chad Owens is not with the Als, Davis Sanchez is no longer with the Als, for that matter little AC may not be back, AD may not be back.... Popp and the front office have proven their worth for more than a decade and have found the way to put the right players in the right positions allowing the Als to rack up wins. I, like you, would like to see AD return and be groomed to take over as the next starting QB. But, whether he stays or goes - guess what? Life will continue with or without him!

Je ne vois pas l'utilité ni l'intérêt de fesser sur Senior parce qu'il exprime une (trois?) fois de plus son appréciation de AM et son appréhension de voir partir l'avenir de l'équpe avec lui.

D'accord, il exprime ses opinions avec beaucoup d'emphase, utilise volontier l'hyperbole et les gros caractères, mais il n'insulte personne qui écrit ici en particulier. Certes, il s'emporte contre ceux qui lui apparaissent sous-estimer ce qu'il considère comme un enjeu d'avenir, mais tout ça n'a rien de personnel en soi. Cette tribune est là pour permettre que les supporteurs des Alouettes s'expriment, et Senior le fait comme nous tous, avec son style à lui. Si ses emportements vous dérangent, je vous suggère d'en faire momentanément abstraction lors de la lecture de ses commentaires : ils prendront alors leur vraie dimension et vous pourrez les apprécier.

Cela dit, je commence à partager ses inquiétudes au sujet de la succession de Calvillo. Certes, le discours de McPherson ne laisse pas croire qu'il pense avoir de bonnes chances de se retrouver avec une offre et un bonus de signature suffisant pour ses besoins, mais en même temps, il ne semble pas plus entiché à l'idée de revenir à Montréal. AM veut faire ce qu'il sait le mieux faire : diriger une attaque de football. Et il ne voit de moins en moins comment il y parviendra à Montréal. Je crois qu'un petit signe en ce sens ferait du bien. Sinon, comme il le dit, il va respecter son contrat, et se retrouver à Tampa Bay, Winnipeg ou Toronto en 2012.