Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Montreal Alouettes lock up linebacker Chip Cox

The first big piece of the Montreal Alouettes free agent riddle has been solved with the re-signing of linebacker, Chip Cox to a three year deal.

Thus likely seeing him finish his career in the only uniform his has known.

For general manager, Jim Popp, it is a sigh of relief to have locked up a player who is arguably playing his best football in his career.

Cox, who will be 32 years old next June, will continue to bring the leadership role on the field. 

Still in his prime, and the way he is utilized in defensive system employed by Noel Thorpe, it is expected he will continue to put up high end numbers.

Once again history is being playing out by the Alouettes re-signing their own players before they ever delve into February's free agent market.

However, with Cox locked up, how much money will be offered to middle linebacker, Bear Woods? Woods is coming off his best season, but could Popp reward him based off of one season, or will this be an incentive laden contract?

Furthermore, the biggest piece is the future of S.J. Green. With this year's free agent market expected to be loaded with receiver talent, does this expedite the negotiation process on both sides?

Fascinating times has beckoned the Alouettes franchise. But for now, they're off to a great start with the Cox signing, and now with Green, and Woods due up in the pecking order. 

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Photo credit: Journal de Montreal

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