This report posted on the vancouverprovince.com and edmontonjournal websites today indicates that B.C. Lions' offensive tackle Rob Murphy will test the CFL free agent market on Feb 16/09. Apparently, Lions' GM Wally Buono has made a contract offer to Murphy for more money than his current $145,000 per year salary but Murphy, who now has a home in Florida and has listed his B.C. home for sale, will explore whether a more geographically suitable eastern CFL team is as interested in his services as the Lions still seem to be.
Living in BC I've seen more of Murphy and he doesn't seem to be the same person when he's on the line. Off the line, even on the field he's a big, friendly guy. Any team that gets him will be better. :thup:
Sorry Tom, but saying he has a bad rep makes it sound like he hasn't done anything to deserve that. He's earned every bit of that bad rep. He's dirty and he struts around like a peacock after acting like a jerk on the field. If we do sign him, I'll hope he contributes to our success, but that doesn't mean I will like him.
I really dont care if he's a jerk or not. Fact is; he's a great tackle that could help improve an area of need at the tackle position. I'm done with trying to bring in so called "good" guys. Get me football players.
As for your comments about opening the bank book onkinght. It has nothing to do with wether or not Bob will open the bank book. It has to do with the contract fitting the budget set and fitting inside the salary cap. It doens't matter how much money Bob has when there is a salary cap. That's the point of the cap.
I won't fall in love with Murphy if he comes here. I didn't like Belli when he was here, and I wouldn't like Murphy either. I agree with BG-- I think Murphy's a jerk. I don't want jerks on our team. Not talented ones and not untalented ones. Let's get good players who are not jerks. I'm sure some must exist.
Understand this: you do not cut a $400K+ QB to pay a tackle $200,000 in a cap world, I do not care how unworthy the QB may be to deserve the premium price tag, I just don’t see the cap logic in skewing your emphasis away from skill positions to that of linemen. The exception I make is that of an impact rush DE or DT. Unless you are talking a big man who can create turnovers, the approach I would always take is to pay for skill position players as the priority – and I include a game-changer kicker/punter like Setta in that re field position battles.
Great linemen do not grow on trees. However, this team needs good linemen on both sides of the ball AND a gamebreaking WR/returner to complement Prechae – a Winfield II if you will. Unearthing THAT guy is more likely a scouting issue and not a FA likelihood. The future cap money if Printers is cut has to be divvied up to lock up that gamebreaker, a Montford-style gamechanging DE, and/or a emerging star QB (time will tell if Porter becomes that guy) – not one O-lineman.
Murphy may be had if the reports are true. It will cost a pretty penny to get him, but a $60,000-ish raise is a little rich for me as armchair GM, Yes, we need to protect our QBs better, but we need to SCORE more and that equation needs more in the skill department. We can run very well, but we need a blazer who makes plays, stretches the field, and can allow us to use Rodriguez even more dangerously in single coverage. To me, we need to draft for the O-line, get Gagne-Marcoux healthy, and with more oomph from the D-line, we can expect more picks and fumbles generated.
The battle for this franchise is to get shorter fields to work with and score. Setta is a huge piece in that. Time will tell how Obie can get this done, if at all. Murphy would be great in a Ticat uniform because I hate him in a Lion one. LMAO
While what you are saying is all true. Cameron Wake hasn't cost the Lions a fortune. A quality receiver costs 125 to 150k. Murphy is worth every dime of his 145k. One factor that may come in to play is that I remember when Buono went to his leaders regarding the choice of Dickenson and Printers. Murphy was tagged as one of the leaders who pushed hard for Dickenson to lead the team. Does Obi really want to chance spending 575 000 (combined) on two guys who may have a histrory ?
my take on murphy: he's a guy who went into a serious mid-season swoon last year, and had to be reminded by management to get his head in the game. he's a guy who just ... disappears. earlier in the year, he just seemed to sometimes just wave at people who rushed past.
i don't want a guy who will mail in half a season of work, when he's already the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league, and then want a raise!
i want a guy who will take great pride in not being beat, ever, whether it's the preseason, regular season, playoffs or cup. a guy who takes pride in knowing that every team that breaks down film on him will go: what a frickin' stud, we can't go through there ...
i also remember him as the guy who stood over saskatchewan's john chick, with his fist on chick's throat and his other fist cocked in his face.
i say let him go — and if the argos get him, he'll fit in perfectly with that band of reprobates, felons, dirt bags and scrotes. (he doesn't even look like a guy who works hard in the weight room; he's packing pop guns, not cannons!)
i think we want someone with a little pride, no, a lot of pride. and that's not this guy.
While I somewhat agree with your assessment about Rob Murphy not displaying the best "character" at times in his CFL career, I don't think the Tiger-Cats are in a position to start evaluating players based on perceived "character" and "pride" issues.
I say this because the team has won 3 games in each of the last two seasons, and when you need talent as much as the Tiger-Cats do, especially on the offensive and defensive lines, you need to acquire the most talented players possible. Bottom line. Sure, that doesn't mean you are signing convicted felons or locker room cancerous types, but I wouldn't pass on the opportunity to sign an import offensive tackle with an All-Star pedigree like Rob Murphy or even Jason Jiminez because they play close to, and sometimes cross, the line between fair and dirty play. The best linemen in the history of football are the ones who play close to that line.
If the Ticats can get him at a fair market price (he is obviously going to want more money than Wally offered) then by all means sign him up.
I agree with absolutely everything you said about Murphy. He's a sneaky, dirty, arrogant jerk. If there someone who can do the job as good as he can (when he's on his game) out there, I'd rather sign that guy. That being said, IF we can sign Murphy for a reasonable price, I'd sign him. I'd hate him the whole time, but I'd sign him. :lol: I'm sick of seeing our QB under a pile of the enemy.