Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Kerry Watkins Retires From The CFL
Kerry Watkins, at the age of 32 has decided to hang up his football cleats after an illustrious eight year career with the only CFL team he has known in the Montreal Alouettes.
Without question Watkins was one of the premier pass catchers from 2005 to 2009 as he averaged 87 receptions, 1206 yards, and six touchdowns.
However, the sport of football is a business. Given the ascension of his cohorts in Jamel Richardson and S.J. Green, his totals had dramatically reduced and he was no longer the focal point of the offense.
Furthermore, as in any sport injuries finally caught up to the Georgia Tech product that essentially derailed his 2011 season. It started with a sinus injury prior to training camp that resulted in him missing camp and first couple weeks of the season. During the course it looked liked he never found his rhythm in the offense, and got lost in the numbers game. Then in late October he suffered a leg injury that ended his season.
In the past Watkins and management did butted heads. But eventually those issues were resolved, and he went on to become one of the popular faces within organization. Eventually, he will be immortalized as one of the best receivers to don the Alouettes jersey.
Moving forward: With Watkins no longer in the picture, going into training camp it looks like Brandon London could be given every opportunity to win the starting position.
London played well in Watkins absence making some highlight catches, and finishing with a solid 38 receptions, 475 yards, and one touchdown.
Yes the Alouettes lose a tremendous leader, but now it is time for the dynamic duo of Richardson and Green to take over the mantle and carry the next generation into the 2012 season.
There’s no denying had Watkins comeback to the club, he probably would have taken pay cut. But with his salary no longer being an issue, in a few weeks time the Alouettes could use that money to target potential free agents.
Here’s saluting Watkins who had a phenomenal Alouettes career. Now the remaining question, where does his former teammates get their haircuts during the season since he was the team’s barber?
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