Argos looking at younger Vick

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

Two high-profile U.S. college players may factor into the Argos future as possible backups to quarterback Damon Allen.

Eric Crouch, who was voted the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner as the outstanding U.S. collegiate player while at the University of Nebraska, and Marcus Vick, who has problems on and off the field with Virginia Tech, are both on the Argos' radar.

There is a good possibility the Argos will need a backup for Allen because Michael Bishop has signed with Chicago of the Arena League and may not be coming back for a fifth season with Toronto.

"Time will tell eventually," Argo player personnel director Greg Mohns said yesterday. "No decision has been made regarding Mike Bishop. If he doesn't come back, we'll explore other possibilities. Are we going to explore Eric Crouch? Yes we will. We're going to work the guy out."

WATCHING CROUCH, TOO

Crouch, 27, has been on and off the Argos' negotiation list since 2000. He visited the team and the city two years ago and was considering signing last year but opted to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs and was allocated to NFL Europe as a safety prospect. He never played for the Chiefs.

He has had various stops in the NFL since the St. Louis Rams selected him in the third round of the 2002 draft and tried to convert him to a wideout. He quit because of an injury early in the season.

Vick, whose brother Michael is the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, recently declared he is forsaking the remaining year of his college career to turn professional. Vick was kicked off his team for purposely stepping on an opposing player. He was charged a few days later in a separate incident with brandishing a firearm in an alleged altercation.

There's speculation the NFL may not select Vick because of his troubled past, but some team may consider signing him as a free agent to reduce the financial risk. If there's no interest in Vick from NFL teams, Toronto could be a real possibility.


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