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REGINA -- Future Hall of Famer Geroy Simon is heading to Saskatchewan.

Thursday, the Lions announced that they have traded the CFL's all-time leading receiver to the Roughriders in exchange for import receiver Justin Harper and a 3rd Round pick in the 2014 Canadian College Draft.

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The deal comes just a day after Lions GM Wally Buono confirmed to a Vancouver radio station that he was actively shopping Simon because the two sides were unable to agree on a restructured contract.

“After many weeks of discussion with Geroy, we have reached a point where we believe it’s in the best interest of both parties to move forward with a mutually agreed upon trade,” said vice president of football operations and GM Wally Buono.

“Geroy’s accomplishments as a player are well documented and his work in our community has been outstanding. We salute and thank Geroy and wish him the very best.”

“It was a long process so I was relieved more than anything given it had gone on so long.  (Overall) we are happy to see how he is going to fit into everything that we do,” said Roughriders GM Brendan Taman.

The 37-year-old slotback has spent 12 of his 14 CFL seasons with B.C. and last year surpassed Milt Stegall as the league leader in all-time receiving yards.

But hamstring injuries forced Simon to miss five games, limiting him to 54 catches for 700 yards and two TDs in 2012.

It marked the first time in 10 seasons that Simon had not cracked the 1,000-yard receiving plateau.

“My 12 seasons with the BC Lions have been the most incredible years of my professional life", Simon remarked.

"I want to thank the entire BC Lions organization for giving me the opportunity to become a true professional.  Most notably, I am extremely grateful to Mr. Braley, Wally Buono, Dennis Skulsky, Mike Benevides, as well as my teammates and coaches for all their years of support.  The fans in BC have treated me as one of their own since I arrived here in 2001, and I'll never forget it.  I'm looking forward to a new and exciting opportunity in Saskatchewan.”

Roughriders Head Coach Corey Chamblin explained that as a coach, he's excited to see what Simon can bring to the Roughriders' locker room and on-field presence.

"We're excited to have him, but at the same time we still have to figure out how we're going to fit him in," said Chamblin at a press conference in Regina shortly after the deal was announced.

"I think he gives us an added weapon and I think he gives us a chance to move to a higher level," he added.

Chamblin was also adamant about the fact that he doesn't care how many years Simon has left in him and that he's focusing on what he can bring to the table on a day-to-day basis.

"All I care about is this year," admitted Chamblin.  "What I mean by that is that we're not looking at 7, 8, 9 or 10 years from now...we have to win today."

Taman, however, had a more detailed explanation of his expectations for Simon's services.

“If you ask Geroy he will probably say five but realistically, we are expecting two at least," he said.

Fan Comments
Lionsfan65
Looks like Wally is planning to do some shopping in free agency. He has a lot of cap space now.
January 24, 2013 - 11:16pm
als rule
not as much as you may think!! wallyworld is positioning himself for the ottawa expansion draft next year!! then after the draft watch out!!
January 25, 2013 - 10:03am
 
als rule
it's what it is!! sign of the times and salary cap!! ray lewis is a bum!!
January 24, 2013 - 7:23pm
 
This Old Man
Superman in Green and White. And that ain't kryptonite. #81. Welcome to Riderville, Geroy!
January 24, 2013 - 4:51pm
 
Lionsfan65
Could see this coming. He was too expensive to keep with Lulay making the big bucks. Really sad to see him go. Thank you Geroy for the last 12 years of outstanding service in orange. This move will also make Saskatchewan an instant contendor with Simon joining an already talented group of young recievers.
January 24, 2013 - 2:44pm
 
Horses123
Simon will be #2 behind Dressler. At present, Dressler is one of the hottest Receivers in the CFL. The others at "Scat City" can't catch a cold. I don't see a Grey Cup in the Crystal Ball.
January 24, 2013 - 2:24pm
 
PrideLivesHere
Riders need a solid 'go to' guy on 2nd and long. I hope Geroy fits the bill. Still a very good player - I'd much rather have him a Rider than to see him burn us long ... again.

His leadership in the locker room will help as well. Will take some pressure off of Dressler - still have to cover Superman, even if he is 37.

Happy to see him in Green. GO RIDERS GO.
January 24, 2013 - 2:13pm
 
ridergirl13
I believe that B.C. got the better deal. As an avid Rider fan, I also love watching Simon play. However, he'll only be around for a year, if that, and his heart (I know how sappy that sounds) belongs to B.C. He'll just end up going back to B.C. so he can retire as a Lion and the RIders possibly lose an important draft pick and a talent in Harper.
January 24, 2013 - 1:44pm
 
tabbiefanmcb
A bit surprised that Simon was picked up this quickly. Let's see if it pays off for the Riders.
January 24, 2013 - 1:16pm