I am not a fan of this trade. I think LBs in the CFL are quite easily findable, look at the run we had for a long time there with, Hunt, Lloyd, Williams, Simpson, Lobendahn, all the while having McCollough as a back up. We went years with having solid to great MLBs.
I honestly don't think Foley is the greatest player, I think he is as good as the team you put around him, but playing with Chick and George he is a great fit. He is a hard worked and a great person, and I liked having him and Lee as a ratio spot. Now we get who I consider to be a better player but a worse personality. Emery takes costly penalties and lets his head get the best of him far too often. I liken this to the acquiring of DA where we got a quality player, but a guy who I don't believe fits the Rider mentality.
I think we should have kept Foley and found a young guy to groom for the position. And I haven't given up on Kilgore or Burdette yet either. Yes Kilgore didn't play very well, but he was coming off an injury in his first season. Some of our best LBs took a year or two to get comfortable in the league. Lloyd, Williams, and Freeman all spent a year or two on ST before they became stars. Who's to say Kilgore still won't?
There are tons of good LBs who will fall through the cracks of the NFL and come to the CFL. I feel like giving up such a quality guy to get someone who has punched one of our players in the balls, at a position that like RB can be replaced fairly easily just isn't worth while.
As always if he plays great and keeps his penalties/ bone head plays to a minimum I will give him a break, but I don't think I will ever be overly happy having him on our team..