On the surface, the news that the Argonauts traded for All-Star import Khalif Mitchell is welcome news for a depleted defensive front. However, the move is not without risk.
For a start, while no one denies the talents of the defensive tackle, it appears the BC Lions are happy to be rid of Mitchell, especially if this tweet by former teammate Andrew Harris is anything to go by:
— Andrew Harris (@andrewharris33) April 2, 2013
And the running back stood by his tweet when questioned about the matter in a subsequent phone interview. “He wasn’t a very good team player,” Harris said. “It was always about Khalif.”
Whatever the potential downside may be, if Mitchell stays (he is considering asking to be released), the Argonauts will have the services of a supremely motivated player. The former San Francisco 49er would like nothing more than to show Wally Buono and company they have made a mistake getting rid of him.
To say this could benefit coach Scott Milanovich is an understatement. In 2011, Mitchell became one of the CFL’s most feared defensive players, resulting in his being named an All-Star on the way to helping the Lions win the Grey Cup.
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