It turns out the signing of Martell Mallett did in fact spell doom for incumbent Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Avon Cobourne. The team released Cobourne and offensive lineman Simeon Rottier Wednesday, and both of their replacements seem likely to be less experienced. The soon-to-be-33 Cobourne had a decent season for the Tiger-Cats in 2011 and played a crucial part in their playoff upset of Montreal, while Hamilton selected the 28-year-old Rottier first overall in the 2009 draft and appeared to have him as an important part of their offensive line; he started at right guard in every game they played in 2011. Both were deemed expendable, though, and replacing them is an interesting gamble for a team that appears to be trying to win now on several other fronts.Read More »from Tiger-Cats release Cobourne, Rottier: how focused are they on winning now?
Andrew Bucholtz is a Canadian football blogger for Yahoo! Sports.