From CatChat in the Spec:
If Bombers call again, don't answer
What in the name of Troy Davis, Tim Bakker, Dan Comiskey, Danny McManus and our first round draft pick for Jason Maas is going on?
I spoke to Obie Wednesday and asked him to explain the Zeke Moreno trade.
This much is clear; Winnipeg initiated trade talks and asked Hamilton if they were interested in Tom Canada. Cats were.
Any conflict between Moreno and the coaching staff wasn't an issue. Moreno didn't seek a trade.
There were no financial considerations. Cats would have added payroll with Canada.
Obie was offered other Bomber starters when Canada's spleen injury was revealed. None interested him as much as Canada.
Obie considered nixing the deal but Moreno was already en route.
Obie believes the Cats will get a good player from the Bomber draft pick. If Corey Mace becomes available that will be a bonus.
But the real eye-opener is that the Cats feel Cornelius Anthony can be just as effective as Moreno as the new Cat middle linebacker. Cats believe Anthony is faster and like the fact he can play special teams (Moreno never did).
Obie doesn't believe trade weakens Cats for playoff run because they think Anthony can match Moreno's play. and if that happens, the Cats believe they come out ahead because of the Mace and draft pick component for the future.
Obie wanted to increase team speed; he feels Anthony does that.
That's the Cat take.