Trade Deadline

From what I can see, the deadline this season is October 9, 2013. Who do the Als have that other teams would want that you would be willing to trade?

SJ Green or BrandonLondon - Not doing much this season but were 7th and 12th in yards last season despite being 12th and 13th in receptions - YES.

Noel Devine - STOP LAUGHING - The return would be absolutely minimal but someone might look at how some “failed” Als returners have prospered with another team. ABSOLUTELY (why wouldn’t we)

Jerald Brown / Billy Parker - The buyer would be a team for whom VETERAN is a key need in the defensive backfield. YES

Ed Gainey - He has shown tremendous potential - NO - He should only get better.

Kyries Hebert - The buyer would be a team for whom a veteran LB or safety is a need - YES.

Shea Emery - Almost any team would at least look at a veteran ratio busting LB - MAYBE - IF the return is good enough. Emery is a huge asset but he also takes some stupid and inopportune penalties.

Sean Whyte - OK, sometimes a little humour is needed (and yes, the “little” pun was intentional).

....As far as the Bombers are concerned...we'd be interested in one of your quality o linemen.....I propose Watkins might be available in a trade for the right player... :roll:

In all fairness to Emery, he has improved so far this season with regards to "stupid" penalties.
Cox on the other hand, had two on the same play yesterday!!

This isn't the NHL. Firesales don't help a team get better. There is no franchise player waiting for you in the ensuing draft if you tank.

I wasn't proposing trading all of them at any cost. But other than Emery, several of the guys I mentioned may not be back next season anyway.

I also didn't suggest draft picks as the only return, although a couple of extra draft picks could help replace whatever they lose in the expansion draft.

If guys aren't back, they aren't back. This isn't a trading league and the trade deadline has none of the hoopla that you see in the NHL, because contracts are not guaranteed. If you want to get out from under a bad contract, you wait until the season's over and you release the player. Simple.

Why would you trade any quality player on our team? To make our rebuilding harder? So we can spend years in the wilderness like the Eskimos and Bombers? The trade should be about filling a need for us, not about "unloading" good players. Just my two cents.

:thup:

The idea of trading players like SJ Green, Billy Parker, or Shea Emry is crazy to me. Unless we got a huge return for the player (and even then, I'd be hesitant), I don't think that anything good can come from trading some of our most important players.

You realize that SJ Green is second in the league in receiving yards despite the incredible amount of inconsistency in our offense? And Billy Parker is unquestionably the best player in our secondary. We need MORE continuity at these positions, not LESS.

Thank you, Disicipline, for clarifying both the philosophy and psychology behind operating a CFL team. You are correct when you point out that there are no "franchise players" in a draft that can catapult a team from the cellar to the penthouse. Football is the quintessential team sport.
Besides, I don't see any players, that would be made available for a trade, that would have a significant impact. Geroy Simon was the most monumental trade this year and his presence has neither changed, improved or hindered the Saskatchewan offensive scheme.
The only position that would make a glaring difference would be quarterback and it would not be worth what the Als would have to give up to get a proven one. Being an old fart, I remember the 60s when Montreal traded a number of key players to Hamilton for Benrie Faloney and the results were disasterous.

Thank you, Disicipline, for clarifying both the philosophy and psychology behind operating a CFL team. You are correct when you point out that there are no "franchise players" in a draft that can catapult a team from the cellar to the penthouse. Football is the quintessential team sport.
Besides, I don't see any players, that would be made available for a trade, that would have a significant impact. Geroy Simon was the most monumental trade this year and his presence has neither changed, improved or hindered the Saskatchewan offensive scheme.
The only position that would make a glaring difference would be quarterback and it would not be worth what the Als would have to give up to get a proven one. Being an old fart, I remember the 60s when Montreal traded a number of key players to Hamilton for Benrie Faloney and the results were disasterous.