It is that time of year when Canadian Football League franchises are trimming their rosters down for the opening of the season less than a month away.
Rarely due key names catch my eye, but in the last couple of days, three significant players were very notable.
Two of them were Eskimos. Wide receiver Jason Barnes was cut yesterday after failing his physical and non-import defensive back/safety Elliott Richardson was also cut.
Jason Barnes is the older brother of Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Matt Barnes. The major reason Richardson was cut was because Eskimos’ head coach Kavis Reed felt it was important to fill the position with an import.
The third major player that was released today was a football player that never played a game in the CFL.
Surprisingly, the Montreal Alouettes announced the release of running back Ahman Green, who spent 12 seasons in the NFL, including eight with the Green Bay Packers. Green is the all-time rushing leader in Packers’ history with 8,208 yards. He also had 1883 rushing yards in 2003 alone.
Green was expected to be the Alouettes number one running back because they allowed Avon Cobourne to sign with division rival, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Expect De’Andra Cobb, who signed with Montreal from Hamilton in March to be the Alouettes’ premier player in the backfield.