A few hours before the free agency market opened, Alouettes still had not reached an agreement with star guard Henoc Muamba. Will he stay or get along with another CFL team?
In the past few weeks, the footballer has had many meetings with Muamba. However, they were unable to reach an agreement on the new contract.
Two weeks ago, Maciocia even allowed his players to chat with other CFL teams. He has not heard from him since then.
The COVID pandemic has had a major impact on training budgets. We saw it when we signed certain contracts. The players have to accept offers that are less attractive than in the past.
In Winnipeg, one of the CFL’s top guards, Adam Bighill, accepted a salary of $115,000 for the 2021 season, and in 2019, his income was $260,000. This is one of the public cases.
If Bighill is worth $115,000, what is the market value of Muamba? It’s difficult to quantify, but the 31-year-old should expect a lower offer than he has received in the past.
For several players who are entitled to the rights to Alouettes, the fate seems to be determined until noon on Tuesday. With the transfer of young people within the defensive line, Adrian Tracy and John Bowman will return in 2021.
The same is true for the predator Taylor Loffler, who signed a profitable agreement to come to Montreal in 2019. However, a major injury ended his campaign after six games.
As far as the offensive line is concerned, don’t expect the return of Chris Schleuger, who proudly completed the Alouettes game in 2019. .
For the rest, it can be considered that Alouettes’ priority will be to consolidate the group of guards and defensive guards. It will be interesting to observe how Maciocia attacks the free agent market in the early hours of the morning.
In recent years, Alouettes has established a special connection with players beloved by fans. We especially remember the exchange of SJ Green or Knight Woods in the training camp to show courage.
The new government has done the right thing with the John Bowman archives. In recent weeks, President Mario Cecchini and General Manager Danny Maciocia have had many discussions with their 14-year-old veteran and Alouettes.