Allen locked up for 2006

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The Argos haven't wasted any time telling quarterback Damon Allen they want him back.

Allen said this week the Argos, who acquired him in a trade three season ago when he was no longer wanted by the B.C. Lions, picked up the option year on his current contract immediately after the season ended.

Allen is entering what could be the most dramatic season of his 21-year career.

The 42-year-old future Hall of Famer has a chance to set a record for career passing yards in the history of professional football. Warren Moon has the record of 70,553, but Allen trails the mark by only 1,231.

Allen threw for more than 5,000 yards this season for the first time in his career, which contributed to him winning the Canadian Football League's Most Outstanding Player Award, which was announced on Thursday.

"Usually when (a team) thinks about picking up your option year, they usually send your contract back before (the Feb. 15 deadline to re-sign players)," he said.

"They gave me my option-year letter just after the season was over. That lets me knows I at least have one more year.

"I'm just thankful I didn't retire last year. If I retired last year, I obviously wouldn't have (won the award). I'm just thankful I'm with an organization that believes I can play beyond my 20 years and even possibly 25 years. Who knows.

"And that's all I wanted. I just wanted someone to continue to give me a chance to play this game. I just feel that I have more to offer and more for me to do, and that's one of the reasons why I still play the game."


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