Wednesday 1 February 2012

Cobourne Among Three Released

We all knew his days in Black & Gold were numbered, and now it is official: Avon Cobourne is no longer a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

When the team signed Martell Mallett earlier this week, everyone knew Cobourne would either be traded of released. There was no way the team was going to carry both high-priced Running Backs into the season. It was never going to happen. Now the Cats have to either sink or swim with a relatively unproven No. 1 ball carrier.

Before I go on I'd just like to thank Avon for his time here. He was a true professional in every sense of the word. He still has a lot left to give and whatever team picks him up will be very happy. I loved watching him play his one and only season with the Tiger-Cats. I, for one, will miss him from this team.

The team also let go Luc Mulliner and Simeon Rottier. Rottier is expected to sign with Edmonton, and while the Cats reportedly tried to trade him to the Eskimos, there was no reason Edmonton would oblige. They can get him for nothing now, so giving up any asset (even a worthless late-round draft pick) would have been silly.

The changes keep coming, and I wonder what the team has planned next.

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