So Brandon Peguese was dealt to the 'Cats, basically because he was an arshole. The confrontational import DE offended too many veteran Lions, then made it clear he wanted to get to the NFL ASAP. The last straw was when he shot his mouth off at the big tuna: Coach Benevides. He's lucky he didn't get a road map and an apple.
While he was here Peguese spelled other D-lineman, gave opponents a different look on the D line and was effective in his other role as the first man down on cover teams. In return we get "future considerations, which basically means Buono and his old buddy Bob O'Billovich have yet to decide who or what the "considerations" will be. My guess is it will either be a special teams tackler who can fill the void on special teams post-Peguese, or an OL who can help us in the short term. It was reported a day or two ago that the least the Lions will get is one of Hamilton's future draft picks, plus the inference by Wally that the 'Cats will make available the neg rights to a warm body who's currently being underpayed by the Tiger Cats. Peguese was never a starter, so don't expect the world in return.
So in the spirit of fairness and brotherhood, let the rampant speculation begin!
Wally is no doubt looking elsewhere than import DT, because Maurice Evans was just activated from the injured list to replace Peguese. And second overall round pick Jabar Westerman is looking very good. Solomon Elimimian might be just a day away, so another linebacker doesn't seem too likely with Bighill second in tackles, MacKenzie healthy, Shell reasonably effective at the Sam spot and Yurichuck/Gesse getting some snaps. Cornerback Joshua Bell is on the one-game IL but appears healthy and parked there to prevent another team from claiming him if he's waived. And the Lions have up-and-coming DB Gerard Lawson on the PR, waiting for an opportunity behind Marsh, Banks, Muamba/Larose, Phillips and Parker. The only possible question marks on D are Muamba and Larose, so maybe Wally's angling for a deal to acquire a veteran Canadian DB that can give the team an upgrade at safety.
The 7-3 Lions' offence are awash in receivers with Kierre Johnson and Geroy Simon likely ready for next game. Andrew Harris has one of the best, if not the best, rush average in the league and Tim Brown, Stu Foord and the Cronkster provide different looks at RB when called upon. So who's left? Well, I'll tell ya. I think Wally is looking to address the biggest problem on offence this year, the offensive line. They lost three guys to injuries before the season had hardly started. Despite winning Lulay is running for his life half the time. The GM may be looking for another big tackle, because Olafioye might jump to the No Fun League in 2013. Or the league's winningest coach and newest GM might be looking for a journeyman Canadian who can play both guard and center. Why? Because Jesse Newman remains idle on the nine game IL and Dean Valli has struggled since he got back. Angus Reed is still an effective center, but he's way on the back side of thirty and might not make it to the post-season with that broken bone in his foot.
Or Wally might be after an import who served him well in the past. RB Martell Mallett is only 27 and might be a worthwhile addition to our backfield, just like the Eskimos did with Cory Boyd. He's on the Hamilton nine-game IL. Former Lion Markieth Knowlton is only 29, in limbo on Hamilton's one-game IL But he'll probably be on the active roster when he's healthy next week.
A cursory look at the Hamilton roster reveals some intriguing possibilities. OL Nick Hennessey currently rides the pine on the 'Cats PR. He's massive at 6' 5", 291lbs from Colgate and he's played for Wally before. Nick Claytor is an import tackle, a ramblin' wreck from Georgia Tech who might be the right OT of the future. As for guards/centers, veteran Marwan Hage might be an upgrade for the uberheavy, holding penalty-prone Patrick Kabongo. Don't know his contractual status, but Hage is currently spinning his oversized tires on Hamilton's one-game IL and might be available later this season to add depth for the stretch drive, or to swap area codes with the Kobongian one. Another OL on Hamilton's active list is import Marc Dile, who played at Florida and has perfect size for a guard at 6' 4", 300 lbs. Dile is is only 26, so his best years are ahead of him.
Wally has the luxury of waiting for the best opportunity. Finding a player who won't self-destruct like Peguese makes the search more challenging. Wally likes character guys who go to mass on Sundays before they hit the field and beat the puss out of the guys across from them.
Or maybe Wally won't wait for the future considerations and search among the tons of unemployed ballers who didn't make the final cuts on NFL squads. They're desperate for work, so they'll work for cheap: perfect for the CFL. Whatever/whomever the outcome, GM Brillo will be ahead of the game, the way he's always been.
Go Leos go.
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