Palmer not in Argos' plans

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

Jesse Palmer has interest in playing for the Argos, but the chances of that happening are slim to nil.

The Nepean-born quarterback's agent, Peter Schaffer, called Argos president Keith Pelley last week to explore the team's interest in his client.

With the Argos employing Damon Allen and Michael Bishop at quarterback and Schaffer looking to make Palmer the highest-paid player in the CFL, it does not appear to be a good fit.

"It's a real long shot," Pelley said. "Damon Allen is undeniably our quarterback and Michael Bishop, at this point, is the heir apparent.

"We explore every option. We explored it when Ricky Ray was available. The bottom line is right now we have the quarterback situation to take us to the Grey Cup and win."

In an e-mail, Argos co-owner David Cynamon said, "Damon (Allen) is our man."

The Ottawa Renegades are making a much harder pitch for Palmer, released by the New York Giants earlier this month, and are considering paying him up to $500,000.

The Montreal Alouettes own Palmer's CFL rights, but they will explore trade possibilities with any team that wants to sign him.

Schaffer, meanwhile, said he is "in the infant stages of everything" when asked about negotiations.

"There are a lot of scenarios tossing around," he said. "We're looking for the best possible situation for Jesse. Toronto is one of those opportunities."

CFL NOT ON CBC

The CBC, involved with an ongoing labour lockout with its employees, has decided not to show the Montreal Alouettes-B.C. Lions game from Vancouver Saturday because of problems with B.C. labour laws, a CBC spokesman said.

French-language RDS is broadcasting the game in Quebec and there is a chance TSN will pick it up. CBC has been broadcasting games without announcers the past four weeks.

-- With files from Perry Lefko


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