Crouch back in mix

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Once again Eric Crouch is on the Argos radar.

The 2001 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Nebraska is a free agent after playing in NFL Europe with the Hamburg Sea Devils as a safety. The Kansas City Chiefs signed him to develop him at that position and allocated him to NFL Europe, but opted not to keep him.

Crouch is considering playing that position if offered a shot in the NFL -- in which he has had tries as a receiver and returner -- and in the Canadian Football League. The Argos have had the six-footer on their negotiation list for several years and don't envision him as a safety, but as a quarterback. He couldn't make it in the NFL because of concerns about his arm strength.

"A lot of people don't know whether the guy can play quarterback in this league," Argos director of player personnel Greg Mohns said. "We think he can. He hasn't been a quarterback for a couple years. You're not just going to walk in."

Mohns talked to Crouch on Monday and explained to him that because of the ratio, it would be hard for him to play safety. The Argos are established with veteran Orlondo Steinauer, one of the few Americans playing safety, a position which normally is taken by a Canadian.

"Normally you've got one backup American on defence and nobody's going to use that spot for a guy like him who is still trying to prove himself as a safety," Mohns said. "Whether it's right now or six weeks from now, we'd like to work him out as a quarterback and get a feel if he's able to do it or not."

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