Montreal Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed has been kicked all season long.
People have made up their mind on Reed as a G.M. and it’s unfavourable. And when the decision is made up, anything Reed does is now dumb, short-sighted or worse.
On trade deadline day, Reed made the only two trades that happened. He traded offensive lineman Philip Blake and receiver/fullback Patrick Lavoie to Saskatchewan and a possible all-star linebacker Chris Ackie to Ottawa.
What Reed got back was two second-round picks, one in the upcoming draft and one more in 2020. He also got from Saskatchewan receiver Josh Stanford who is six years the junior of Lavoie.
Blake is an ageing offensive lineman who hasn’t been exactly a dominant force and was expendable
Ackie is a player who has an outside shot of returning in free agency next season. Picking up a 2nd round pick isn’t terrible for Reed, who is trying to stockpile more picks as he’s without first rounders for the next three years. That is a huge blemish on his record.
But these deals, shouldn’t be criticized as harshly as I’ve seen