Flutie magic for 'Gades?

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

They first worked together for Donald Trump's New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1985.

Twelve years later, they were reunited as Toronto Argos for what became a wildly successful championship ride.

Could Doug Flutie and John Jenkins get back together -- this time as quarterback and coach of the Ottawa Renegades -- in 2006?

If Flutie, the 43-year old backup with the New England Patriots, considers returning to Canada to finish his career as more than a clipboard holder, then yes, it is a distinct possibility.

"If Doug Flutie is interested, I think any GM or coach in the CFL would have an interest in him," 'Gades GM Forrest Gregg said yesterday. "If he was interested in coming back to this league, I promise you we would talk."

Jenkins was Toronto's offensive co-ordinator when Flutie ran-and-shot the Argos to a 15-3 season that saw him throw 47 touchdown passes and win the Grey Cup. That 1997 campaign was Flutie's last in the CFL, ending an eight-year run that earned him not just an eventual spot in the league's Hall of Fame but also recognition as one of the greatest QBs Canada has ever seen.

Gregg said he wouldn't be turned off by Flutie's age, and points to a certain 42-year-old most outstanding player in Toronto as reason why.

"Damon (Allen) had a pretty decent year, didn't he?," said Gregg. "I'm 72 and I still put in a good day of work. I feel at 43, (Flutie) can still play some football yet."

But the Renegades remain adamant about signing starting quarterback Kerry Joseph to a long-term deal.

"We're starting new, and we'd like to have a quarterback that's going to be here for two or three years," said Gregg.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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