Lions Release Derrick Armstrong, Edmonton Likely His Next Stop

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IAugust 11, 2010

Today the BC Lions announced that they have released import wide receiver Derrick Armstrong. This came as a shock to most CFL fans as Armstrong has had a pretty decent season so far. He was second on the team in receiving yards with 316 yards on 22 receptions.

The Edmonton Eskimos find themselves quite thin at receiver as the CFL's second leading receiver Fred Stamps will miss two games before his injury is re-evaluated, so only time will tell when he will return.

Kelly Campbell is the team's second leading receiver. Campbell is currently fifth in the league in receiving yards with 482 yards and 1 touchdown on 36 receptions. While these numbers are very good, Campbell has shown he can't be consistently counted on as he has had multiple drops this season including several in the end zone. Jason Barnes is the team's third leading receiver with 16 catches for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Seeing as Edmonton is quite weak at wide receiver, Derrick Armstrong would be a perfect fit for the struggling team as they try to pass the Lions for 3rd place in the Western conference.

This signing would not only be good for the Eskimos, it would be good for Armstrong as well. I'm sure there is nothing Armstrong would want more than to help the Eskimos take down the rival Lions time and time again. If he could help them win 3rd place in the West and have the Lions miss the playoffs, he would get the sweet taste of revenge I'm sure he wants.

The only reason the Eskimos wouldn't sign Armstrong is because he has been accused of having a big ego and a cancer to the teams he has played on. At this point, since the Eskimos are 1-5, I think this will be a risk the Eskimos should, and will be willing to take.

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