Popp gets next coach early welcome gift

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 1/19/2013 8:51:00 PM

Even as Als GM Jim Popp puts NFL job hopes behind him, he's got a gift for the next Head Coach: former CFL allstar defensive back Byron Parker chooses Montreal only a day after being released by the Lions.

Popp is in Mobile, Alabama Sunday for a scouting mission---players and possible future coaches.

CJAD sources confirmed Saturday that while the Als had indeed asked for permission to talk to Toronto's Chris Jones and BC's Jacques Chapdelaine, those clubs also gave permission to talk to a total of 3 other assistants and Calgary also gave a nod to Montreal's hunt.

CJAD Sports also confirmed "the next Marc Trestman" may already have reached out to the Als: a candidate for at least 2 NFL offensive coordinator jobs is expressing interest in a possible CFL adventure.

BC faces salary cap pressure after making Travis Lulay the highest-paid in the CFL (an estimated $450,000 per season).  Parker has been coached by former Alouette defensive back Mark Washington, who may also have interest in coming "home again"---Washington's wife is a native of Lasalle.

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