Speedy receiver sent east

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

Obviously feeling that Patrick Johnson wasn't going to be an impact player with the Edmonton Eskimos this season, Danny Maciocia shipped the speedy import receiver to the Toronto Argos yesterday for a 2008 second-round draft pick.

"Worst-case scenario - which would be the best-case scenario for us which is winning the Grey Cup - is the 16th pick overall in a draft that we think is going to be really rich in offensive linemen and defensive linemen," said Maciocia, the Esks' bench boss.

"You just can't turn down that type of offer."

A seven-year NFL veteran, Johnson came to camp with plenty of fanfare. He might have been the fastest receiver, but a hamstring injury limited his production.

As well, two rookie imports - Fred Stamps and Taco Wallace - have turned heads.

But on top of all of that, Toronto had Johnson on their radar for a long time.

CAMP CHATTER: The pick Edmonton acquired is actually their own. The Eskimos had to give that pick to Toronto when Glen Carson didn't report to training camp, choosing to go back to school.

In the original deal, Edmonton received a draft pick that was used earlier this year.

ESK-CETERA: Edmonton is not actively pursuing the signing of Canadian offensive lineman Steve Morley, who was recently cut out of the NFL.

LINE OF THE DAY: "Canadians you nurture. And I don't want anybody to take this the wrong way, but Americans are almost a dime a dozen," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia on the trade of Patrick Johnson. "You should be able to find receivers and defensive backs.

"Canadians are a rarity."


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