The rumour mill circulating around Kenton Keith landing back in the CFL has heated up more this past weekend, and it appears it could come to a head today. Both the CP and TSN cite sources who claim a deal having Keith sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be ratified at some point...well, any minute now, as the announce was to come this afternoon!
On paper the Tabbies do not need the assistance they have a more than capable backfield, however that paper does not translate well since Jesse Lumsden has once again been on and off this season. Whether it is true or not there have been some rumblings here and there that the Ti-Cats would have no issues with cutting ties with Lumsden after this season, hopefully packaging him off for someone else to help improve the team. A signing of Keith surely won't dismiss the idea, and that's bad news for Lumsden - and Canadian football fans as well as players in general!
Lumsden became one of the faces of the CFL this season, something that has not happened to a Canadian born and then CIS trained player since...hmm, so if a trivia nut out there could help me that would be much appreciated, because honestly I can't remember when it happened last! It's important for Canadians within the CFL that players like Lumsden maintains success. If injuries continue to hijack his career - and possibly end it prematurely - you just have to wonder whether or not a GM will take the chance on a CIS superstar in the future.
My hopes are that Lumsden can return to form and keep his high profile status, remain a poster boy for the CFL and attract more and more Canadian fans to the League. However news like a Keith signing may be a sign that the tides are changing, if not taking Jesse completely out to sea. Even if this is nothing more than a rumour it's likely not the best news for our CIS champion who cracked the big league to our hearts delight. Get better Jesse, and make the CFL remember exactly what you can do and how important you are!
Keith to join Ticats (Globe and Mail)
Ti-Cats agree to three-year deal with Keith (tsn.ca)