Saturday, 9 April 2011

ABIII Getting an Extension

Arland Bruce is staying in Black & Gold, as TSN is reporting that he and the team have agreed on a contract extension that will run through the 2012 season.

If the off-season were to end today – and God, don't we all wish it would? – I would now consider it to be an undisputed success. When the Cats went on their re-signing spree in February, I made it known that two more players needed to be extended. Kevin Glenn got his in March; now Bruce is about to get his.

Re-signing Bruce, in my opinion, is the final piece needed. Since arriving in Hamilton in the summer of 2009, Bruce has been a model citizen and an outstanding performer. He was the team's Most Outstanding Player in 2009 and likely would have lead the CFL in receiving yards in 2010 had he not sat out the last few weeks nursing an injury. Arland Bruce has been everything, and then some, since first donning the Black & Gold.

I know that teams don't win championships in the off-season. For years we've seen teams in every sports league "win" free agency and spend the next year in their division's basement.

That said, the fact that these great players (Avon Cobourne, Rey Williams, etc.) want to come to Hamilton and others (Bruce, Glenn, Jamall Johnson, Markeith Knowlton, etc.) want to stay in Hamilton shows the faith that the players have in this team. These guys wouldn't come here or stay here if they didn't think this team had a chance to win.

With Bruce et al. locked up for the foreseeable future, the Cats have had one of the better off-seasons in recent memory.

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