In the case of Jimenez, it appears the decision was based on more than the 2008 CFL All-Stars play on the field. Buono told the Team’s David Pratt that Jimenez was unwilling to play the way the coaches wanted him to play.
“Everybody can rub somebody the wrong way at different times. For us, the big reason was that we wanted to have a guy that was more physical, more the kind of guy that we believe he can be, and at the end of the day we just didn’t feel like we could reach Jason. Jason didn’t give us the impression that he was willing to change some of the things that he was doing from a physical standpoint and from a personality standpoint. He probably will go someplace else and hopefully take what we said to heart and be a better player for it.”
On Glatt, Buono said it was the fair thing to do for the player, and hinted that if Glatt was unable to find a starting role elsewhere, he hoped that the door was open for him to return to the Lions in some capacity. Glatt had asked for his release if he wasn’t going to be a starter.
“Javy felt that if he wasn’t going to be a starter in this organization, that we could get that process (releasing Javy) so he can get an opportunity someplace else. We feel we have to improve the athleticism and the production at the linebacker position and that wasn’t going to be a starting opportunity for Javy, so the best way for us to satisfy his needs was to let him free so he can be on the market.”
Glatt took the loss of his starting role in stride last season and saw a fair bit of rotation behind Jojuan Armour. He was a team player and didn’t rock the boat, so granting him his release was the fair thing to do for him after seven years of service.
Glatt issued a statement posted on BCLions.com thanking the organization and the fans.
“I would like to thank the BC Lions Football Club and its fans for the amazing opportunity to live out a dream for the past seven years. I have met so many incredible people along the way and have built relationships that will last a lifetime, and for that I am truly grateful,” Glatt said.
The off-season departures have been happening for awhile now, but this time it was the club itself that initiated the moves. The BC Lions announced Friday that they had re-signed veteran defensive end Brent Johnson to a two year contract extension. They also announced the release of linebacker Javier Glatt and offensive tackle Jason Jimenez.
From the TEAM 1040 on Brent Johnson:
33-year-old Brent Johnson is back in the Lions Den for at least another two seasons, after inking a new deal with the team.
The defensive lineman had just six sacks and 39 tackles last season, his worst output as a Lion, but remains an integral part of a defensive line that has always been one of the Lions’ strengths.
Johnson, a two-time Outstanding Defensive Player winner, told BS in the Morning that he very seriously pondered retirement after the Lions were knocked out of the 2009 playoffs by Montreal.
“It was a consideration of mine after the end of the season and the 48 hours after the Montreal game. That was a consideration where a lot of people – I think if you went around the room and stuck a microphone in their face they’d say, ‘Well, maybe this is enough’. But getting some perspective away, I think my heart is still in it and I have a passion to play, so when the Lions once again came to the table and said you’ll have an opportunity with us, it works for me.”
Glatt’s release was somewhat of a telegraphed move by Buono last season when the Canadian linebacker lost his starting spot to Jojuan Armour. Glatt had 362 tackles and nine interceptions in seven seasons with the team, including a big hit and fumble recovery that sealed the 2006 Grey Cup Championship for the Lions.
Jimenez’s release was a surprise, mostly because we don’t know who the team has in miond for a replacement. Canadian Justin Sorensen played tackle in college, and after a year of experience and another off-season of training may be ready to assume the role, but the Lions seem to like to go with imports at the tackle position. Jimenez joined the Lions in 2006, and was a CFL All-Star in 2008.
UPDATE: More details came to light on the releases of Glatt and Jimenez. Our follow up is here.
The return of CFL football is upon us, and as training camps break across the league, all eight teams are setting their sights on winning the Grey Cup. For the first time in a couple of seasons, the BC Lions are going to have a very competitive training camp. The off-season saw the team release several veterans, many of the big name variety in an effort to build a younger, faster team. Here’s our 2 cents about where the battles will take place at camp and who to keep your eye on. In part 1 of our training camp primer, we’ll examine the offense. Read more