TORONTO — One of the mainstays in Montreal over the last decade is heading to a division rival as the Montreal Alouettes have traded former all-star receiver SJ Green to the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for a draft pick. In trading Green, Montreal gets a 6th Round selection in the 2017 CFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2018 Draft.
Green joins a new regime in Toronto with Marc Trestman and Jim Popp where he realized his most productive seasons under their leadership in Montreal.
“S.J. is a dynamic playmaker and a proven winner who gives our offence another weapon and brings veteran leadership to our locker room,” said Argos GM Jim Popp in a statement. “We are excited to welcome S.J. to the Argos family and look forward to seeing him in Double Blue.”
The Argos hit the field next week for the first time under new Head Coach Marc Trestman as they hold their off-season mini-camp at the IMG campus in Bradenton, Florida. Green will join the team in Florida, but his on-field participation will be limited as he continues to recover from a knee injury he suffered in 2016.
“We are very comfortable with the progress S.J. has made rehabilitating his knee and according to his doctors he is on schedule to be ready for training camp,” Popp continued.
Green’s 2016 season came to a screeching halt in Week 2 when he suffered three torn ligaments and a torn meniscus. That injury forced Green to have surgery to repair his knee and sidelined him for the rest of the year.
Green spent his entire 10-year CFL career with the Montreal Alouettes, joining the team in 2007. In 116 career games, he recorded 444 receptions for 6,626 yards and 42 major scores. He was named an East Division All-Star five times and helped the Als win Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010.
The 31-year-old caught over 1000 yards in four of his last six seasons (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), his best campaign coming in 2013 where he caught 1197 yards on 83 receptions for 13 touchdowns.
“Today, we would like to thank S.J. for all of his contributions and devotion to our team and organization,” declared Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed in a statement. “Our fans were privileged to see one of the most spectacular players in the CFL during the last ten years. S.J. was also involved in the community. It was a pleasure working alongside a true professional like S.J. on a daily basis. Decisions like these are never easy to make. On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to wish S.J. the very best.”