Paul Osbaldiston was on TV yesterday, claiming that the higher-ups in the league have told him that the deal on the table between Hamilton and Edmonton is: Jason Maas, for Danny McManus, Tim Bakker, and our 1st round (1st overall) draft pick. In my opinion, that stinks!
This past season, Hamilton gave up two star players to the Eskimos, and got essentially nothing in return. This was made more palatable by the belief that these were part of a larger, under-the-table deal which would see Jason Maas coming to Hamilton next season. With Danny Mac backing up Maas, as he stated publicly that he was willing to do, the Cats would have a former league and Grey Cup MVP -- and future hall-of-famer -- ready to go in if Maas went down. If they decide to pull Maas because the game is out of reach (one way or the other) they could put in Eakin (or Beutjer, if that's the way they decide to go) in order to get him more experience, because they know their second-string QB doesn't need any more experience.
Now, after everything McManus has done for this team in the past 8 seasons, after all the crap he's put up with from the media and a vocal minority of the fans, he's going to retire an Eskimo? Instead of being a backup here, he's going to be a backup there? How does that help a guy who just a couple of months ago married a woman from Hamilton?
Taking all the trades together, the Esks get: Danny McManus, Joe Montford, Troy Davis, Tim Bakker, and the Ticats' 1st-round draft pick (1st overall). The Ticats get Jason Maas, Brock Ralph, Tay Cody, and Edmonton's 1st round draft pick (5th or later overall).
I say give them Marcus Brady instead. Or fifty dollars cash. Their choice. (Me, I'd take the cash. You can do more with it.)