Lalji: Redblacks GM Desjardins in no hurry to trade QB Glenn

Farhan Lalji, TSN
3/8/2014 11:09:35 PM
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Kevin Glenn is tired of waiting for a trade and Ottawa GM Marcel Desjardins is comfortable being patient for the right offer.

"If we give up Kevin Glenn, it makes us a weaker team and it will immediately improve the team that gets him," said the Redblacks GM. "How do I sell that to our fans? We have to get significant value in return or it just doesn't make sense."

Just what that value is, is the reason Glenn still remains a member of the Redblacks. While Desjardins is trying to trade Glenn at "starter's value," the general managers looking to acquire him are trying to pay for a back-up. Glenn's contract is also very desirable, especially as a back-up. With his roster bonuses already having been paid, all that remains to be paid during the season is approximately $105,000, assuming he doesn't start a majority of games.

A number of teams initially inquired about Glenn, but currently, it is believed that only the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and B.C. Lions have serious interest in the 34-year-old pivot. Reports out of both cities have suggested that the asking price for Glenn is at minimum a Canadian starter, an import starter and a first-round draft pick. According to Desjardins, that is not the case.

"We are looking for three assets, but I'm not naïve enough to think I can get something that a team doesn't have," said Desjardins. "If a team doesn't have enough of their own pieces in a particular area, that's not my fault, but I can't get what's not there. I've given teams a list of things we're looking for and am asking for a combination of those pieces."

Despite Glenn's frustration that a deal still isn't done, Desjardins says he has not communicated with the Lions or Bombers for almost two weeks. In his last communication with Winnipeg, his asking price was two import starters and a draft pick that was outside the first round.

So for now, the Lions and Bombers wait for Glennss price to come down, while Desjardins doesn't plan to give away what he believes is a prime asset.

Kevin Glenn, meanwhile, has no choice but to sit and wait for someone to blink.

Kevin Glenn (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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