MONTREAL — Unless something
dramatically changes in the coming days, running back Jarrett
Payton’s career in Montreal could be over following just one
season with the Alouettes.
Payton, the Als’ leading rusher in 2007 and the son of the late Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton, has been told to remain home by management while the team attempts to trade him. Should that process prove fruitless, he’ll likely be released due to salary-cap restrictions, although he could potentially return to practice next week should the Als decide to bring him back.
Payton has yet to play this season due to an ankle injury. At the same time, Avon Cobourne won the starting job at training camp and excelled in last week’s victory at Hamilton, gaining 107 yards on 12 carries while scoring one touchdown. Cobourne also caught six passes for 55 yards.
Given his pedigree, not to mention his limited NFL experience in Tennessee, Payton was the Als’ prized signing heading into the 2007 season. And, although he missed the opening four games with an ankle injury, along with the season-finale with
a rib injury, Payton proved more than serviceable. He led
Montreal in rushing, with 852 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per
carry. He also scored eight touchdowns.
Payton’s emergence last season ended Robert Edwards’s career with the Als after two successive 1,000-yard seasons. Edwards requested and was granted his release, quickly resurfacing in Toronto. He was released over the winter by the Argonauts.
Jarett did not play in 2008, but did return to the CFL in 2009 with the Bart Andrus led Toronto Argonauts. Payton had a history with Andrus having played for him in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals in 2005. With the Admirals, Payton had been a league All-Star and the team captured the World Bowl Championship. His stay in Toronto would prove to be brief as he dressed for just 8 games before requesting and being granted his release.
A strong football name Jarett
Payton dubbed 'Nutra-Sweet' in college at Miami, playing off
of his famous father's "Sweetness' nickname, proved his
ability with Montreal in 2007.