Robertson on the go

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

As a real estate professional, Taylor Robertson knows the upheaval that can come in the aftermath of a deal.

Yesterday, it hit a little closer to home for the Brantford native.

The Calgary Stampeders were the sellers, the Argos buyers when the hulking offensive lineman was dealt to Toronto.

In return for Robertson and a fourth-round pick in the coming CFL draft, the Argos sent a first and third-round pick west.

Once the shock of the move wore off, Robertson was looking ahead to the closing date.

"I had always prepared myself mentally that something could happen, that's the business of pro sports," said Robertson, 26, who has grown to love Calgary since being drafted by the Stamps in 2003. "But it's nice to be wanted. It's time to get to work, get to training camp in my best shape and help Toronto get to that 2007 Grey Cup game."

In Toronto, he'll be re-acquainted with offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto, who joined the Argos after being released by the Stamps.

"I was quite upset when he was fired as were a lot of other guys," he said . "Steve was a coach who let me play. He gave me the tools needed to do the job and then let me be a professional."

Argos general manager Adam Rita wasn't concerned about giving up two prime picks in a draft that is viewed by some insiders as a weak pool. Especially when he gets a proven non-import whom he expects will have an immediate impact.

"I don't know if either (of those picks) would be starting for us like this guy will," Rita said of the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Robertson, a late cut by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 2003. "He's young, he's big and there's even more upside to him than he's already shown.

"He's the type of player who could be with us for a while and work well with the group he have."

NOTES

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released fullback Kojo Aidoo, who won the Hec Crighton Award in 2000 at Mac.


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