Friday 7 May 2010

Keith Released, Calhoun Signed

So ends the injury-plagued Tiger-Cat career of one Kenton Keith. Today, the team announced that they have released Keith in what many see as a cost-cutting move, due to Keith's exorbitantly high salary.

Keith came in after being cut by the Colts in 2008. He played sparingly in the last half of that season, amassing less than 200 total yards and only one TD. In 2009, Keith never saw the field. He injured his knee on the first day of training camp and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve.

I won't say that Keith's career is over, but it seems like it will be tough sledding for him to find another team willing to give him a chance. Perhaps Toronto, who is still looking for a RB to replace the departed Jamal Robertson, could be a landing spot. Guess only time will tell.

But with an end anything comes a chance for a new beginning. On the same day that Keith was shown the door, the Ti-Cats announced the signing of former Detroit Lion RB Brian Calhoun. Calhoun was the Lions third-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2006, but a knee injured derailed what could have been a very productive NFL career.

Calhoun is atypical of most Wisconsin-bred rushers, where names like Ron Dayne and P.J. Hill conjure up images of bruising backs who plow over people. Calhoun is more of a speed back, with a style of play similar to current Alouette RB Avon Cobourne. Calhoun's skill set usually translates into great CFL success. Calhoun will most definitely be the primary backup to DeAndra' Cobb. I doubt that Calhoun will supplant Cobb as the starter in 2010, but he can help give Cobb a breather and be the second part of a nice 1-2 punch for the Tabbies in 2010.

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