Mihelic wants to start

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

Mike Mihelic can't wait to compete again for a starting job with the Argos.

Mihelic, a journeyman offensive lineman who was acquired from the Argos last year before the regular season in a deal that sent quarterback Marcus Brady to Hamilton, re-signed with Toronto yesterday. The deal is believed to be for one year plus an option.

"I just want a fair opportunity to compete," Mihelic said yesterday. "They didn't trade a quarterback for nothing."

Many critics wondered why the Argos traded Brady, who at one time was billed as the team's quarterback of the future, for Mihelic.

Mihelic started at right guard for the first two games of the season, but tore a quadriceps in the second game. He suffered a separate foot injury once he started training again and never regained his starting position, which was reclaimed by Sandy Annunziata once he fully recovered from an off-season knee injury.

It was because of Annunziata's injury that the Argos traded for Mihelic, who had been a starter for several years with the Ticats. Once Mihelic returned to the lineup, he played in some games as a tight end, including the Grey Cup, which the Argos won 27-19 over B.C.

"I'm happy we won the Grey Cup, but at the same time I'm not satisfied," he said. "I just want an opportunity to prove I'm the guy. "

ENGLAND WEIGHING OPTIONS

Defensive end Eric England is hoping to re-sign with the Argos before league-wide free agency begins on Wednesday. He and the Argos have been counterproposing offers.

"In the end, it's about business and economics," he said. "If they want me back, we'll get something done. I would love to get it done."


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