Popp shopping for D-help, not Calvillo extension
Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp says while he's hopeful Anthony Calvillo wants to play "a few more years" they will not talk until the off-season. Popp has other more urgent priorities: help at defensive tackle.
Scooter Berry is being treated for a shoulder separation in Montreal, ruining his postseason break, and will not be in the plans for the East Final November 18 (hear it live on CJAD 800 after a Noon Edition of the Countdown to Opening Kickoff). Nor will Ventrell Jenkins, the newcomer to Montreal who preceded the rookie Berry. Jenkins is recovery from a knee injury and seeing other doctors.
Calvillo tried his hand at weatherman for CTV Tuesday evening and pulled the trigger too quickly on a jetstream graphic that he joked about throughout his show. But AC will not pull the trigger on a new contract until after the 100th Grey Cup and discussing his future with wife Alexia.
When I asked Popp if he thinks AC still wants to play, he responded by saying:
"I haven't heard that he doesn't so that leads me to believe that we hope to see Anthony around hopefully for a few more years."
Popp expressed satisfaction at the job rookie Ollie Ogbu did filling in for the injured Berry, but says more depth is needed in case of further injuries taking a toll in the Eastern Final.
The Als have lost some depth at receiver with former Seahawk property Lavasier Tuinei returning to the Seattle practise roster, but Popp says he opted not to block the lanky receiver's path. That keeps the door open to a possible future return, and the Als have no further than Chris Jennings to look for an example.
Jennings left the Als' PR in 2009 only to return after the injury plague took down both Brandon Whitaker and Victor Anderson, scoring his first CFL TD 4 years after his arrival in 2008.