The Argos are talking to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders about a possible trade that may involve a quarterback coming to Toronto.
Argos general manager Adam Rita told the Toronto Sun yesterday he has had discussions with both teams. He didn't elaborate on specific players, but did acknowledge talking about a quarterback and some other positions he's addressing.
Sources indicate Winnipeg is dangling Spergon Wynn and Tee Martin -- both of whom are third-stringers at best with the Blue Bombers -- while the Roughriders are willing to part with Nealon Greene. He began his Canadian Football League career with Toronto in 1998 and has been the Roughriders' starter off and on the past four years, but dropped to the backup role midway through last season.
"I'm just trying to see what's available, what they want to trade and if they need these guys," Rita said. "Because of the salary cap, weird things can happen."
Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman said he's been talking with Rita for two weeks about a deal that could possibly involve either Wynn or Martin.
"We've talked about quarterbacks and other guys, but they've made it known they're looking at the quarterback situation. Period," Taman said. "I haven't had a lot of nibbles from many teams. Toronto's been the most serious we've had talks with and that's where it stands.
"Nothing is imminent, but it's definitely not a dead issue either. We'll probably sit down at the (league meetings in Toronto later this month) and talk."
Rita engineered a three-way trade three years ago in which he acquired Glenn for a first-round pick from Saskatchewan, then flipped him to Winnipeg for a first-rounder.
Wynn, who is 6-foot-3 and weighs 230 pounds, has a strong arm and is considered an unpolished talent. He started as a rookie for B.C. in 2003 and became the backup. When starter Dave Dickenson suffered a knee injury, Wynn started for the Lions in a playoff loss to Toronto. He slipped to third on the depth chart in 2004 and asked to be traded.
Winnipeg acquired him in 2005, but a knee injury and subsequent surgery hampered him.
Martin came to Winnipeg after four years as a backup in the National Football League, but struggled badly.
The Argos are entrenched at starter with Damon Allen, but his backup is uncertain. Michael Bishop is in the Arena League with Chicago, but it's unlikely he'll be back. Third-stringer Charlie Peterson needs more seasoning.
Early next week, the Argos will work out former University of Nebraska star Eric Crouch, who really hasn't had a chance to showcase his skills at quarterback since turning professional in 2002. If Crouch impresses the Argos, it's expected he will be signed fairly quickly.