"[i]Lumsden...has been limited by injury to only five games since. More than the injuries, though, the Ticats seem to have been prompted to act by his contract, which expires at the end of the season.
"The situation with Jesse also had something to do with it," Ticats general manager Bob O'Billovich said. "Jesse has indicated that he wants to wait [to negotiate] until the end of the season, and with him into the option year, there's no guarantee we're going to get the deal done. And if we don't, and if we're just relying on Jesse, it wouldn't be a very good situation."
Irrespective of the crowded backfield this creates, this is a good move. The Ticats acquire a proven asset without giving up any other assets. They create all kinds of trade possibilities, allowing them to potentially acquire other assets that will fill holes. :thup: :thup:
Ive had some time to think about the acquistion of Keith Kenton. it was a good a pick up by Obie, we have a real good all purpose player in Kenton. The guy can run, catch, return kicks. Hes a game breaker.
As much as I like Lumsden. Unfortunately, he gets injured quite a lot. I think we have an abundance of talent at RB, with Caulley and Tre Smith. so if they can trade Lumsden for an O-lineman, D-Lineman, thats fine. Or if they dont resign him next year, we have more money to spend on a much needed lineman or receiver.
Obie will be in a much better situation in regards to negotiating with Jesse now with the signing of Keith than he was with out him. Lumsden knows now that if he asks for too much money, Obie will walk and we will still be left with a strong back field.
If he truely wants to stay a Ti-Cat he will have to work out a deal that suits Obie's interests not his own which will save the Cats some much needed improvement cash to spend elsewhere.
I like JL. If he could only stay healthy I would like to see him remain a Ti-Cat. If he decides not to, I wish him all the best, but I hope he realizes the free agent market in the CFL is not what it used to be. The salary cap has a lot to do with that.
05 - hurt with seahawks
06 - hurt with redskins
07 - hurt twice, ends season only playing 10 games
08 - hurt twice
Is this the resume of a guy you really want? A guy who can't play a full season? Sorry, he's not ratio buster. He's a ratio messer upper. We only have imports as back ups (Keith, Caulley, Smith) so when he's hurt, you take a guy like Cavka out and put Dyakowski in for example.
It creates more headaches than good. If he starts at fullback or slot back then I wouldn't have a problem but you can't sign him for big money. Not worth the risk.