Kevin Glenn is out of work, but the quarterback considers himself lucky in a sense.
Released on Monday by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Glenn should soon find a job, and many think he will land with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It's not the same for fellow former starters Casey Printers and Michael Bishop. Both could be without a job when training camps open in June.
"I feel I have done enough over eight years (in the CFL) to get a shot to compete," Glenn said in a telephone interview from his Detroit-area home. "But I guess that was not a consideration (by Bombers brass). There are a lot of things that Hamilton possesses that could help sway my decision."
Glenn, 29, threw for 3,637 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2008, but also tossed a league-high 20 interceptions. The Ticats don't have a ton of experience at quarterback, with Quinton Porter and Richie Williams the incumbents. The Saskatchewan Roughriders also don't have much depth at the position.
The Ticats want Glenn, but only at the right price. Any contract offer would be loaded with incentives.
The Argos recently signed Kerry Joseph to a contract extension and like the abilities of backups Cody Pickett and Reggie McNeal, though its possible McNeal could see some time at receiver, as he did last year.
"Probably not," general manager Adam Rita said when asked whether he was interested in Glenn. "I already have a starting quarterback."
NUMBERS ADD UP?
The numbers speak for Jamall Lee, but more in a double-edged sword kind of way than anything else.
The Bishop's running back is one of the top-ranked prospects for the CFL draft on May 2, and improved his stock at the league's evaluation camp on the weekend when he set a camp record for the 40-yard dash and the vertical jump.
With Bishop's last year, Lee, the son of 1988 CFL first pick overall Orville Lee, led the CIS with 1,202 rushing yards. But Lee, who turns 22 on Friday, knows that starting running backs in the CFL usually aren't Canadian.
"We'll have to see what happens," Lee, a native of Port Coquitlam, B.C., said. "I know the general mindset with Canadian running backs. To me, it does not make a difference where I am drafted."
The CFL's scouting bureau has Lee ranked No. 2. The Argos have the second and fourth picks in the draft, and could use some help with their rushing game.
The CFL's Hall of Fame weekend will be Sept. 24-26 in Winnipeg ... The Argos signed defensive back Matt Black, a Toronto native and their sixth-round pick last year, as well as defensive linemen Clifford Dukes and Ronald Jones ... The Argos, through a promotion that gave fans a first shot at tickets for a Coldplay concert in July, sold just under 5,000 ticket vouchers ... The Tiger-Cats signed free-agent defensive end Brandon Guillory, who led the Edmonton Eskimos with six sacks last season ... Linebacker Jon Abbate has signed with the Montreal Alouettes ... The B.C. Lions signed defensive end Nautyn McKay-Loescher.