Posted on May 2, 2018 by Justin Dunk // 0 Comments The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded Canadian offensive lineman Ryan Bomben to the Montreal Alouettes, per sources.
It’s believed the Ticats are getting the No. 1 overall pick in return as well as other parts of the deal.
The 30-year-old has played three seasons for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, starting 48 games and was a CFL East Division all-star the last two years. Bomben is entering the final season of his contract.
He was acquired in a deal with the Alouettes prior to the 2015 CFL draft that sent a first and third round pick to Montreal. Bomben, a Burlington native, was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by Montreal.
The Alouettes get a solid Canadian starter who can help them right now.
My initial thoughts are this is to get younger, and a salary cap move. Ticats will take a replacement OL with first overall pick, get 8 years younger, and pay an inexpensive rookie deal for first 2 years.
The depth picks aren't really material and are pretty much a wash. Key thing is us moving up 1 spot, and is that guy ultimately worth Bomben plus how much better he is supposed to be vs the 2nd overall pick.
And in all honesty, if Ticats shave $100k+ in salary by dropping Bomben plus Robinson, this might be cap clearing for Manziel.... no other reason why this is needed IMO. Bomben stud Canadian OL, perennial all-star. No need to trade unless it's a cap move.
[ltr]@TSN_LouisB[/ltr] 6m6 minutes ago Ticats head coach June Jones confirms on @TSN1150 the negotiation list player traded to the Als in the deal for the 1st overall pick is not Johnny Manziel.
I think this trade probably explains why the TiCats were, by my count, a couple of days late in getting their roster down to the, end of April, 75 + non-counters, limit. While it's been reported locally that the club "has a few non-counters" and "didn't need to make any cuts to meet the limit," I believe their only non-counter is DL Jack McEwen. If I'm right on that, with Bomben and Robinson gone, the roster is now down to the limit with 76 players, including McEwen.
Hamilton also has a surplus of National receivers. 6 currently on the roster - before the draft. If they only start 1 Canadian receiver like last year, then they are already 6 deep at that one position.