One of the biggest complaints from CFL fans is that their favourite players don’t stay with their favourite teams for very long. Therefore, purchasing a new jersey can become quite the short-term investment.
When Adidas signed on as the official outfitter of the CFL, I had to get myself a new home and away jersey. I ended up going with two veteran players who had won the Grey Cup with Saskatchewan in 2013 so at least I had the peace of mind knowing that these players had a history with the team.
Following that season Chris Best retired from football and then Darian Durant had his rights traded to the Montreal Alouettes. Heck, I bought a Willie Jefferson jersey last year.
Damn you, Winnipeg!
On Saturday I received an email from the Roughriders promoting the new New Era jerseys and they came with an interesting guarantee…
Mid-season trades in the CFL aren’t the most common thing in the world but I think it’s a nice gesture, nonetheless. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats did something similar last season when Johnny Manziel was traded to the Als.
I’m sure the Riders and Ticats still make money on jerseys that are half price but with veterans like Solomon Elimimian, Manny Arceneaux, and Jon Ryan signing with the Roughriders, I can understand the hesitation to throw their names on a blank jersey.
By the way, does this count towards players that get released? How many Shawn Lemon jerseys were sold in 2016? What about Duron Carter jerseys just last year?!
Bottom line: in the age of the one year contract, purchasing player jerseys is always going to be a risk.