First, good moves by the Argos/Mr.Barker; both Joseph and Moreno were overrated and overpaid. With these releases,including Pickett, the Argos have reduced their salary costs by no less than $500,000 and as much as $575,000. yes,I know that these are not total savings,because these 3 players will have to be replaced but not at the same levels/costs, particularly Moreno.
Who will replace Joseph? That is the question! "Journalistes" and fans forget Adrian McPherson! If Calvillo was 5 years younger,if the Argos had a young Ben Cahoon or an Andy Fantuz on their roster and if Mr.Popp was "incompétent", then the Argos could have a chance to discuss a trade; under the actual circumstances,forget this possibility. Adrian McPherson will be an Alouette at least for the next 2 years.
Personnally,I would not be surprised if Buck Pierce is traded/lands with the Argos; if what we hear/read is true.i.e. that he is due a bonus before or by March 1st,2010,bonus that BC will not pay, then he could become an Argo. BC could release him or trade him to Toronto for 1 or 2 draft choices and possibly Etienne Légaré. We won't have to wait too long for an answer.
Let's hope, for the best of the League, that the Argos will have a competent team in 2010; positives moves so far.