Argos, Ivory get deal done

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Clifford Ivory has re-signed with the Argos.

A source said the deal will be made official this week once the contract is signed and registered with the league.

As a result, the Argos will retain all of their starters from last year's team who were scheduled to become free agents.

Ivory already had gone into the league-wide free-agency period last Wednesday when he and the Argos failed to come to terms on a new agreement. But Ivory, who has played three seasons for the Argos and has been voted a league all-star each time, wanted to stay in Toronto and the team found some financial wiggle room.

The new deal is for a year plus the standard option clause.

ANOTHER AVERY

While the Argos were busy restructuring the contract of running back John Avery last week, they also were signing his half-brother Pete Scarborough.

The 22-year-old was a wide receiver and returned kicks and punts for three years for Morris Hill College in North Carolina. He also played cornerback in high school.

His celebrated older brother believes his sibling can line up on either side of the ball and will prove that to the coaching staff.

"Once they see him (in training camp), they're going to like him," Avery said. "He reminds you of (receiver) Robert Baker, maybe a tad faster. He's about as (solidly-built) as Robert, too.

"I wouldn't put myself on the line if I didn't think he could play in this league. He was ready (to join the team last year). I think this will be a better situation."

He said his brother is about 5-foot-11, 209 pounds, and has "low 4.3 speed" for the 40-yard dash.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

The CFL begins management council and team presidents meetings today in Winnipeg, followed by rules committee and officials' meetings tomorrow. On Thursday the 2004 Coach of the Year will be announced. The Argos' Pinball Clemons, Hamilton's Greg Marshall and B.C.'s Wally Buono are the nominees ... The 2005 schedule might be released this week ... Saskatchewan free-agent QB Henry Burris may not be signing with Calgary -- contrary to one report which already has the deal done -- until the two can come to some common ground on his value, according to sources ... Hamilton has made an offer to free-agent defensive lineman Roger Dunbrack, who played the past two years with Ottawa after five years with the Argos.


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