Byron Parker is back in the CFL’s East Division, agreeing to terms with the Montreal Alouettes Sunday.
Byron Parker doesn’t know if he no longer is with the Lions because he made too much money, because he didn’t, or if his play was bad, which it wasn’t, at least for the most part. All he knows is he’ll be introduced as a member of the Montreal Alouettes Monday.
Parker flew to Montreal from his Atlanta home late Saturday, passed his physical Sunday, and Monday will be part of a reconstruction process on a team which doesn’t yet have a head coach. He might have a familiar boss yet of course, as both Jacques Chapdelaine and even his old position coach, Mark Washington, are talking to Als GM Jim Popp about replacing Marc Trestman.
Parker made a base salary reportedly in the $85,000 range, but the Lions are quite obviously cutting a few corners in the wake of the Travis Lulay signing; at the very least the club is wagering they can staff the wide-side cornerback spot for less.
He told the Montreal Gazette he thought the reason for his demise in B.C. was a combination of factors. What it says that Popp contacted Parker also immediately after his release Friday could tell you what others think of his ability, or how much work the Als secondary needed after last year.
Either way, Runako Reth/Arland Bruce is now on the clock.