Jesse Lumsden, if in fact he does return to the cats needs to be signed for as long as possible. Not only is he a great running back, he is Canadian, he understands the game well, and he frees up an import roster spot.
This is a no brainer, why play a struggling back who takes up an import spot (Ranek) when you can start a better back (Lumsden) and have an import player somewhere else where it is needed. Lumsden could be a franchise player, plus he is a great local boy to cheer for.
No offense to Ranek, but this is clearly the better choice. After all this is the CANADIAN Football League, start the Canadian. There isn't anywhere to go but up from here on out. Please for the love, make the right choice management!! Get Lumsden here and keep him here!!
Let's not forget the salary cap next year and Josh's big contract. I think there's better than 50/50 chance of Jesse NOT finding NFL work, therefore cut Josh and hope Jesse stays and maybe some of the money saved on Ranek could be used on Jesse.
CFL teams say they want good Canadian players but that's only true for certain positions. QB and RB are not among them. The reason is that QBs and RBs are more prone to injuries. For example, if your Canadian 1st string back goes down, it's almost impossible to get a Canadian RB to replace him which means roster disruptions elsewhere. But a Canadian OG or DL can be more easily replaced by another Canadian of pretty similar ability if he gets hurt. Also, if a Canadian did achieve 1st string status at a skill position like QB or RB, they'd become more expensive for the team. That's another reason why CFL teams have never pushed to develop Canadian QBs. Russ Jackson made very very good $$ not just because he was good but because he was Canadian.
Years ago, there was some thought given to the idea of allowing American 5-year CFL vets to play as non-imports, but GMs killed the idea because that would enhance the value of those "non-import" American players and add to their costs. It's all about costs and keeping the players salaries low.
Lumsden may well return to the CFL but while the fans may welcome him back with open arms, management may not even if they make all the right "noises".
what if lumsden does not want to sign
a long term contract? what then?
I say sign him anyway. or he will be
playing against us. he will be a boost
for our team and the hometown fans.
We really don't want a hometown player
playing for the ARGO's.
I wouldn't be surprised if Jesse sat out the rest of the year waiting for an injury in the NFL providing him an opportunity...that is if he doesn't land a practice roster position as some people are suggesting.
Then this winter he would become a free agent and it would be no secret the Argos would be interested. With their stable of Canadian RB's Johnson, Williams and Crawford as well as the Canadian RB they drafted out of Harvard, they could easily go with a Canadian at the RB position.