Ticats' GM Bob O'Billovich has stated that he will bring at least four American offensive tackles to camp next year. It will be interesting to see if one of the four will be an experienced CFL free agent or whether all four of them will be "prospects".
You sure the Lions have cap issues? Smith was traded, Roberts likely won't be back, Cam Wake is going to try out the NFL and both their QB's make 200k.
I would be very surprised to see either of those two guys leave the Lions. Obviously if they elect to go to free agency, every GM should make an offer especialy for Rob Murphy.
While I think it unlikely that both of them would be available, and would sign in Hamilton, it does make for quite a pleasant daydream. Those 2 at tackles, and if the Cats draft as well as Calgary did last year (Tsoumpas, Newman), that would be a formidable offensive line.
Yes, those moves might free up some money for BC, but this past year, Buono was struggling to get the team under the cap. I remember reading news articles where he stated he wouldn't be as active as other GM's because BC was so close to the cap. Also, I beileve one of the reasons why Buono traded us Markeith Knowlton was, of course, their incredible DB youth and depth...but also the fact that Knowlton, who was coming off a breakout year, was eventually going to demand too much money for BC to fit him under the cap, given what they were also paying lots of vet players.