As Superman’s reign ends in Vancouver, is it for the best?
-by Chris Vales
Huge news in the Vancouver sports scene today: Geroy Simon is no longer a Lion.
Lions’ GM Wally Buono dealt Simon to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for wide receiver Justin Harper and a 2014 third-round pick in the Canadian college draft.
Simon, the CFL’s leader in receiving yards, is the highest paid non-quarterback in the CFL, ringing in at $170,000 a year – potentially up to $200,000 with bonuses.
This move has many loyal Lions fans upset but Buono made the right call.
Simon, struggling through injuries in 2012, averaged 13 yards per reception, his lowest since his rookie year back in 1999. By all accounts he is only getting older and has seen his best days.
The Lions’ core of wide receivers is young and has tons of potential with the likes of Shawn Gore, Nick Moore, Marco Iannuzzi and Akeem Foster. In particular, look for Foster to play a huge role this season.
If you’re still unconvinced, think back to when Buono released Jason Clermont, who was a hugely popular Lions receiver by his own right. Clermont’s best years were with the Lions, but when he began to decline due to injuries in 2008, Buono released him.
Clermont signed with the Roughriders and his production continued to decline over the next three seasons until he finally retired in April 2012.
We’re sad, of course. Simon is possibly the best player to ever wear the Lions jersey, and has meant so much to Vancouver and its fans, but all good things must come to an end at some point.
It’s time to move on.
What’s your take on the trade? Did Wally Buono make the right call?