Campbell: It's not Esks' style

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

The president of the Edmonton Eskimos stopped short of criticizing the Argos for signing Ricky Williams, but said he wouldn't have done it.

Hugh Campbell said yesterday during a conference call outlining the CFL's new collective bargaining agreement that his team had philosophical differences with the Argos' move to sign Williams, who is under contract to the Miami Dolphins but is suspended for the 2006 NFL season for his fourth substance abuse violation.

"While I wouldn't support us doing that here in Edmonton -- to not beat around the bush, we would not do that -- I would like to give Toronto room to manage their team in the way they see fit," Campbell said.

"If it becomes an issue that could cause embarrassment to our league as this one possibly could, I think it's something that has to be discussed."

Campbell admitted that the unique situation caught the league's rules-makers "flat-footed" where its new CBA is concerned and said the scenario would have to be discussed in future arrangements with the NFL.

"(Williams) might be kind of a test case," Campbell said, adding that he doesn't want to "feed the fuel" of making this an issue that could be contrued as chastising the Toronto organization.

"I wouldn't want them coming in here telling us what we shouldn't do in order to market tickets," he said.

CFL commissioner Tom Wright, meanwhile, said Williams signed a standard player contract for one year plus an option year and anything suggesting he signed only a single-contract without an option clause is "incorrect."

However, the Argos, Williams and his agent have given the Dolphins assurances he won't be bound to the team beyond this year.


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