Argos set to sign QB

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Tony Graziani is taking a break from his regular job as the quarterback of Jon Bon Jovi's Arena League team for a gig with the Argonauts.

Graziani is expected to be formally signed today as a replacement until Damon Allen is ready to return from the injured list after breaking a finger.

Graziani, 32, is a six-year veteran of the Arena League, has NFL and NFL Europe experience. The only healthy Argos quarterback with any CFL experience is Spergon Wynn, who made his starting debut for Toronto last night.

"I just thought it was too good of an opportunity to pass up," the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Graziani said. "Toronto is a great organization."

Graziani, who throws left-handed, saw his first CFL game last night after arriving from California.

Argos assistant general manager Greg Mohns said Graziani was recruited two years ago, but an offer to play for Bon Jovi's Philadelphia Soul was too financially enticing.

Graziani has a year remaining with the Soul, but the Arena League allows its players to sign in the off-season with an NFL Europe or CFL team.

"I've always been intrigued by the CFL," Graziani added. "I just thought it was the right time for me to come up and see what it's all about.

"I'm just coming up and trying to learn everything as fast as I can and help, if need be. "If I don't take a snap that will be great, too. That will mean we're playing great and winning games."

Mohns said Graziani will back up Wynn.

"It's a short-term deal (for Graziani) and he understands that Damon is our No. 1 quarterback and Spergon is No. 2 and right now Spergon's No. 1," Mohns said.


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