Toronto Argonauts: James Wilder Jr. moving on to Alouettes

James Wilder Jr. has found a new team signing with the Montreal Alouettes after his tenure with the Toronto Argonauts came to a disappointing end.

James Wilder Jr. is moving on to La Belle Province as the former Toronto Argonauts running back signed a one-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes.

After being granted his release, there was no telling what the future had in store for the 2017 Rookie of the Year but it’s not surprising to see him stay in the CFL. Considering how Montreal made strides last season, this move could potentially pay dividends for many reasons.

As Derek Taylor pointed out, the Argos weren’t designing runs to give Wilder Jr. a lot of room to operate considering he got 1.3 yards before contact while giving up hits behind that line on 22 per cent of those carries. It’s no secret that he is had far more success when he was used as a receiver out of the backfield.

With a $95,000 reported salary, the Als look to have found a replacement for William Standback who received a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. While it’s still unfortunate how Wilder Jr.’s tenure ended, Toronto made sure their depth wouldn’t be an issue next season.

Brandon Burks, AJ Ouellette, Karlos Williams and Bishop Sankey will be looking to earn their chance to for the No. 1 job in training camp. At the same time, the team still has other issues to sort out with free agency approaching.

Alex Taylor discussed the team’s reported interest in quarterback Matt Nichols who was released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after Zach Collaros received a two-year deal. While the quarterback position continues to be a position of focus, it’s not the only area that has to be addressed.

Veterans like S.J. Green, Micah Awe, Sean McEwen, and Derel Walker are among the team’s pending free agents and while the team has been announcing many deals, there are still many questions left to be answered.

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What areas are you looking for the Argos to address in free agency? What are your thoughts on Wilder Jr. joining the Alouettes? Let us know in the comments below. 

 

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