If you haven't already heard, The BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced a trade today. The Lions sent RB Joe Smith to the Blue Bombers for RB Charles Roberts.
Roberts is the Bombers' all-time leading rusher, but is in the midst of his worst season to date. He has 462 yards on 93 carries and the Bombers are 2-7. Smith hasn't been any better, he has 236 rushing yards on 55 carries and had been benched in favor of rookie Stefan Logan. Last season, these were the two best RBs in the CFL. Smith lead the way with 1510 yards and 18 TDs while Roberts had 1379 yards and 16 TDs.
Smith is in his 3rd year in the CFL while Roberts is in his 8th. However they are both 29 years old. Roberts is one of the best RBs in CFL history, he currently has 9470 yards on 1742 carries and 60 TDs.
As someone who is a lifelong Bomber fan, I hate this trade. Roberts has done nothing but good things on the field with the Bombers and the fact that they were so willing to trade him just because he was in a slump disgusts me. The one game where he got substantial carries, he got over 100 yards and the Bombers won. The entire offense has been terrible, not just him. And he is our all-time leading rusher and now he's going to get 10000 career yards with another team.
I hope the Bombers turn around their season and Smith brings them back to life, but the next time the Bombers play the Lions, I'm cheering for Charles Roberts.