And the Als have been an established and successful team for years, the Tiger cats are building. Therefore, more difficult and hard decisions need to be made.
Exactly, it's not a charity ward. That means if management can find, what they perceive to be a better player, and yes this is a salary cap world, cheaper player, they have a responsibility to do so. Avon has played in this league for some 5 years and is aware of that. If at this stage, he needs to be filled on the realities of pro sport, that's his agent's job and not the GM. So, let's not point to Obie as some villian. And let's not forget that Cobourne in his return speech in Hamilton stated that this could be his last season. So what is Obie to do in the meantime, wait breathlessly for a player's decision.
EVERY player lives with the knowledge that they could be cut, no matter how good they think they are. The player has the right to go for more money. Conversely, the team has the right to find better talent where they can. It's a fair exchange.
"And even then, the coaches thought long and hard about cutting Ferri and Boulay. According to Trestman, they spent hours in meetings thinking about which direction to go in."
And who is to say that Obie and his group didn't do the same with Cobourne. You weren`t at the meetings, so how are you to know.
"Time will tell whether we made a mistake with these releases. Who knows? Maybe we've blundered and we'll regret it down the line. But none of it is cold treatment or indicative of anything but a team trying to make itself better. Popp didn't lie to Ferri or make promises he didn't deliver. This is a business."
And maybe, Obie made a mistake. Every GM does. Look at the scrutiny that Tillman is going through over the trade of Ricky Ray. And his track record is as good as anyone's in this league.
As you say, "time will tell".