Rison on horizon for 'Gades?

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Former NFL receiver Andre Rison is on the Renegades' radar screen.

Ottawa coach Joe Paopao confirmed to the Sun yesterday he is interested in Rison, who was released by the Toronto Argos last week.

While Paopao got a call from Argos GM Adam Rita on Rison's behalf, the 'Gades are waiting to see what becomes available with NFL cuts on Tuesday.

"We're interested in anybody who might be able to help us and for that reason we're interested in a guy like (Rison). But, this is something as a staff that we have to talk about," said Paopao.

"One thing you have to decide when you make moves like this is how guys are going to fit in. What we're looking for right now is a guy who can stretch it out and go vertical for us (a big play receiver). I think right now we have enough possession receivers."

And that's the concern the 'Gades have with bringing in a guy like Rison because Paopao doesn't sound convinced he's got the speed to be a big-play receiver anymore.

"He's always kind of been an in-between guy," said Paopao. "It's definitely something we're going to look at."

If the 'Gades are going to act on Rison, they might have to move quickly. His agent has talked to the Montreal Alouettes and there have also been talks with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. A couple of NFL teams have apparently also shown mild interest.

Don't be surprised if the 'Gades look at NFL cuts instead. Chief scout Forrest Gregg has been scouring the camps in the U.S. looking for help.

WATCHING KICKER

One player the 'Gades will be keeping a close eye on is kicker Shaun Suisham, who is in the Pittsburgh Steelers camp. An Ottawa draft pick, he would help because injuries to kickers Matt Kellett and Pat Fleming have been devastating.

While the 'Gades took yesterday off, they'll be back on the field today in preparation for Friday's game in Montreal. Though the 'Gades have a 5-4 record and sit in second place in the East Division, they realize they need to be better.

"I really think what we're looking for right now is consistency on both sides of the ball," said quarterback Kerry Joseph. "We have done some good things and we have played pretty well, but we've got nine games left here and we want to be better."


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