Maciocie told reporters on Monday during a video conference that its main objective is to prepare for the CFL draft to be held on Thursday evening. Last week, 34-year-old Green told TSN that he intended to return to Canada after a brief tenure in XFL and that he hoped to end his career as a Canadian footballer in Montreal, the city where everything had started in 2007.
But Maciocie has not been firm about Green’s return, adding that there is much more than nostalgia to consider when it comes to bringing in a veteran player.
“I had no conversation with S.J. Green,” said Maciocia. “S.J. Green, I know that if I have read and heard correctly, I still intend to play in 2020.
“Having said that, with SJ Green, whether he signs in the East or in the West, you must always take into account to what extent and how it affects your cap and will you remove a youngster from your list for a player which can potentially give you an extra year of service. “
The six-foot-two, 217-pound Green spent 13 seasons in Canada, the first 10 with Montreal and the last three with the Toronto Argonauts. In 170 career CFL games, Green has 716 catches for 10,222 yards with 60 touchdowns and has crossed the 1,000-yard plateau seven times (four with Montreal, three with Toronto).
He was a member of three Gray Cup winning teams (2009-2010 with Montreal, 2017 with Toronto). Twice Green has been an league star (2013, 2017) and an East Division selection eight times.
And there is no indication that green slows down with age. He had his best CFL season with Toronto in 2017 (169 catches, 1,462 yards and 10 touchdowns).
Green was a 1,000 yard artist in each of his three years with the Argos. He appeared in 54 competitions in the regular season after missing most of the 2016 campaign with Montreal with a serious knee injury.
Shortly after becoming a CFL free agent in February, Green signed a contract with the XFL. He began his tenure with Seattle Dragons before being posted to the Tampa Bay Vipers on February 19, where he found head coach Marc Trestman, for whom Green played in Montreal and Toronto.
Green had only one target with the Vipers before the end of XFL operations on April 10.
Maciocie said that no matter where Green plays this season, he should be honored by the Alouettes when he retires.
“If he plays another game, another down, another minute, I think he deserves to retire as the Alouette,” said Maciocia. “I hope and would strongly suggest to the organization that, when the day comes, we strongly encourage him to come to Montreal and organize a ceremony for him because he so deserves all that he has accomplished here as a than Alouette. “
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 27, 2020.