Without knowing any of the $ details… this is a surprise. Bede is one of my faves, and I would have thought any team would be lucky to have him. If this is just about exchanging an American for a National, it’s a roll of the dice. I expect Bede will find a grateful home soon. Nothing against Lirum, but this feels like change for the sake of change.
Farhan Lalji predicted this yesterday & said it is expected Bede will sign with Edmonton in the next few days. Does this mean Castillo re-ups with Bombers? He may have to take a cut. There’s not too many landing spots outside of Edmonton.
I agree that it would have been nice to keep Bede. But the Argos are up against the CAP & there’s a lot of teams out there willing to outspend them for some of their talent. There’s some bigger fish to get under contract than Bede unfortunately. Hopefully they only lose a couple of pieces.
Here is a bit more insight why I think this as you state is likely to be MORE than case than less, beyond even the success of Brandon Aubrey and beyond the kicker position.
All things close, more NFL teams will sign the younger and CHEAPER kicker or other player first.
That does not mean the veteran won’t get his chance, but he’ll wait in line because if he’s played in the NFL before, he’s more expensive.
Will we see another Sebastian Janikowski such that a kicker with such elite talent is taken in the NFL Draft and has such a long career with one team? I very much doubt it.
See the following for where I feel there are sometimes exceptions, including at kicker and in particular when a younger kicker hits a slump or is injured late in the season and a team brings in an available veteran also for the playoff experience.