In a trade resembling past player moves as Lions' and Stamps' GM, Wally Buono dealt nickelback Korey Banks to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for underachieving 26 year-old non-import receiver Kito Poblah. Buono's reasons for the deal were:
-Rushing: The emergence of stars like Jon Cornish and Cory Sheets in the western division
-Size Banks is 5'10", 175 lb), not big enough in Wally's eyes to be an effective run stopper at the nickel spot
-Tic toc: Banks would have been 35 at start of the 2014 season
-More competition: The Bombers are another strong rushing team, moving back to the western conference in 2014
-Contract status: Banks wanted another "one year plus an option", a deal Wally couldn't make
Poblah was the Bomber's first pick in the 2011 supplemental draft. He's just 26 but got labelled as lacking a work ethic by one Winnipeg's coach, according to Sun football reporter Lowell Ullrich. He has a focus issue, dropping easy catches, is injury prone and has never lived up to the hype he generated before being drafted. His best year was 2012: 41 caches for 412 yards and a TD. His former teammate, Buck Pierce, says he's got a lot of potential and didn't see any consistency position-wise, playing all five receive spots with the Bombers. hard to imagine him being as bad as Justin Harper, the underwhelming, overweight receiver who came the other way for Geroy Simon last year. In a sense he is where Nik Moore wa two years ago, showing lots of promise but literally dropping the ball when called upon. Maybe a fresh start in Bx will be good for him; we'll have to wait and see.
Moving Banks creates an opportunity for BC's remaining DBs to compete for the nickel spot. At 6', 202 pounds Lin-J Shell might be that guy. Given Wally's ability to find quality DBs at the free agent camps (Cord Parks, Joshua Bell) I expect another find during early spring from the free agent camps.
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