Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Montreal Alouettes acquire Derek Schiavone for Brody McKnight

As first reported by Herb Zurkowsky of The Gazette through his Twitter account that the Montreal Alouettes have traded former first round draft choice Brody McKnight to the Edmonton Eskimos for kicker Derek Schiavone and a 2013 first and fourth round draft choices.

McKnight was in precarious situation as there was very little chance he would beat out the Alouettes incumbent kicker in Sean Whyte. It seems that Alouettes general manager Jim Popp was patiently waiting for the right moment to trade his poker chip in the form of McKnight.

But is this the right move for the Alouettes to acquire another kicker for their roster? Given the rash of injuries the team has suffered with the receiving position, could Montreal have held out for a skill player?

For McKnight it is a fresh start to join the Eskimos who have had issues with their kicking position. As current starter Grant Shaw missed two consecutive game ending field goals that would have propelled Edmonton to wins over their bitter rival Calgary Stampeders.

For Schiavone, whether or not the Alouettes will insert him into the lineup, his biggest strength is punting the football. For his career he has a net average of 34.7-yards.

To sum it up, the Eskimos must have felt they needed to address their kicking issues, and McKnight could be the ace up their sleeve as Edmonton approaches the last third of the CFL season.

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