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RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

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Admittedly, returning to the CFL wasn’t Plan A for Jason Horton.

The defensive back, who used the 2003 season with the Toronto Argonauts as a springboard to the NFL, would love to be readying for training camps down south, but that’s not in the cards.

Horton, 30, knows the best move for his career — and best chance of getting back to the NFL — was to return to Canada.

“It wasn’t my ideal move, but in 2003, I went to the CFL and it did a good thing for me,” he said.

Horton played only three games for the Argos but signed with the Green Bay Packers and played 23 games over two seasons there before a shoulder injury ended the 2005 campaign.

He went to the Houston Texans’ camp in 2007 but broke his arm. Turf toe derailed his opportunity last year with the Oakland Raiders.

“People in the NFL know I can play — that’s why I kept getting picked up — but it does get to the point where I could get a bad reputation of being injury prone, so I want to play,” Horton said.

“The CFL was wonderful for me in 2003, so I felt it was a move to make instead of being on the backburner in the NFL ... I figured I’d go to the CFL and get the best opportunity to play.”

Calgary does have a strong crop of defensive backs featuring starting corners Brandon Browner and Dwight Anderson, while Keon Raymond and Brandon Smith are returning halfbacks.

Still, Horton gives much needed depth at a position seemingly always in flux.

He certainly has the right attitude.

“I didn’t forget how big the field was,” he said. “I learned a long time ago, no matter where you are, respect your opposition. There’s plenty of talent in the CFL. When I got to the NFL, I told people, “There are guys in the CFL better than you.’ The only difference to me is the game.”


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