Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Argonauts Acquire Star Receiver S.J. Green in Trade with Alouettes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Argonauts Acquire Star Receiver S.J. Green in Trade with Alouettes

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Argos acquire Green in trade with Alouettes

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TORONTO - S.J. Green's road to recovery now goes through Toronto.

The Argonauts acquired the veteran receiver from the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday for a 2017 sixth-round pick and conditional 2018 selection. The six-foot-three, 216-pound Green registered 444 catches for 6,626 yards and 42 TDs over 10 seasons with the Als -- winning two Grey Cups along the way -- but missed most of last year after suffering a serious knee injury in a 28-13 loss to Ottawa on June 30.

"The knee is good, it's coming along strong," Green said in a telephone interview. "I've been able to do different workouts, I've been able to increase my workouts, do heavy lifting and my knee has been great.

"I've progressed to a point where my surgeon figures I'll be ready for training camp and we'll see how it goes from there."

Videos posted on social media show Green, 31, running at full speed and making deft cuts with no noticeable difficulty on his routes.

"We are very comfortable with the progress S.J. has made rehabilitating his knee and according to his doctors he is on schedule to be ready for training camp," Toronto GM Jim Popp said in a statement.

The move reunites Green with Popp and Toronto head coach Marc Trestman, who all were with Montreal when it won consecutive Grey Cups in 2009-10. Marcus Brady, a former Als assistant coach, is now the Argos' offensive co-ordinator while current players such as defensive lineman Alan-Michael Cash, running back Brandon Whitaker and linebacker Winston Venable all played with Green in la belle province.

On Thursday, Toronto also reportedly signed veteran offensive lineman Jeff Perrett, who spent 10 years with Montreal before being released this off-season.

"There are a lot of guys I've played with in Montreal who I'm comfortable with," Green said. "Fresh start, new city, new teammates, new beginning and it's an opportunity to work with another Hall of Fame quarterback in Ricky Ray.

"I can't wait to meet my teammates next week at IMG."

Toronto will hold its mini-camp next week at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Green wasn't surprised by Thursday's move. It came after he and new Alouettes GM Kavis Reed couldn't agree on a restructured contract. …

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