Canadian Football League

     === Above the 49: Plenty of possible landing spots for Leos' Simon ===
 By Daniel Fung, Sports Network Columnist
 Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - The BC Lions may be undecided about whether or
 not to bring Geroy Simon back into the fold for the 2013 season but there are
 plenty of other CFL teams that would gladly snap him up in a heartbeat.
 Simon, the CFL's all-time receiving yards leader, has a contract for next
 season but that's no guarantee the long-time face of the Leos - who turned
 37 back in September - will be back in the orange-and-black for a 13th
 The CFL's 2006 Most Outstanding Player had an injury-plagued 2012 season that
 forced him to miss five games and resulted in him finishing with just 700 yards
 receiving to go with two touchdowns. Those numbers have prompted some,
 including his general manager Wally Buono, to wonder if Simon's best days are
 behind him. He had previously posted nine consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus
 yards receiving. If Simon doesn't return to the Lions' den in 2013, here are
 three possible landing spots for the six-time CFL All-Star.
 What better way for the Argos to make a splash coming off a Grey Cup
 championship than by adding a sure-fire future Hall-of-Famer to their roster?
 Adding Simon on a squad that already features the 2012 Most Outstanding Player
 in Chad Owens is certainly a tantalizing prospect and should give fans in
 Toronto all the more reason to continue tuning in.
 Adding another big-play threat and a consistent producer such as Simon also
 would take some pressure off of Owens with opposing defenses expected to pay
 much more attention to him after his tremendous 2012 campaign.
 There weren't many downfield threats for quarterback Darian Durant in 2012
 outside of Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf.
 A healthy Rob Bagg might have made a difference for the Roughriders but it's
 clear that they still haven't quite found a replacement for the production they
 got from Andy Fantuz prior to him testing the NFL waters with the Chicago Bears
 in 2011.
 Simon would give them that solid, dependable production they need, not to
 mention replacing some of the veteran leadership they lost following the loss
 of Gene Makowsky and Chris Szarka in recent years due to retirement. Simon's
 history of success could also serve them well in a year they are hosting the
 Grey Cup. They would love to make it three-in-a-row for the home team to not
 only appear in the big game but also to win it all.
 There are many fans of Simon who feel that if he can't finish his CFL career in
 orange-and-black then the only other colors he could possibly go out in is the
 blue-and-gold that he came into the league with.
 The Bombers could certainly use an offensive star like Simon to add to their
 lineup after a disastrous 2012 campaign that saw them manage to put up a
 league-low 376 points. (No other team had fewer than 400.)
 Although Winnipeg was only one of two teams - Montreal was the other - that had
 two players put up over 1,000 receiving yards last season (with long-time
 veteran Terrence Edwards and Most Outstanding Rookie Chris Matthews both
 managing to achieve the feat), finding a fit for a superstar like Simon should
 be no issue.
 There's also a familiarity factor between Simon and oft-injured quarterback
 Buck Pierce (assuming the latter is back next season in Winnipeg as a starter)
 as the two were teammates in B.C. from 2005 to 2009.
 12/12 11:51:11 ET

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