Bishop getting a jump

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

The indoor football season is about to end for Michael Bishop as he gets serious about winning the starting quarterback's job for the Argos.

Bishop, currently playing for Grand Rapids in the Arena Football League, is expected to arrive in Toronto some time within the next two weeks.

An Argos source confirmed yesterday that the athletic QB will play his final game in the AFL this weekend.

After that, Bishop will come north to get up to speed with the offence new coordinator Steve Buratto plans to introduce for the 2007 season.

With training camp scheduled to open in early June, Bishop felt he could use the time to prepare for what promises to be a fierce battle.

The team had no comment on the Bishop development, though a source confirmed that Argos president Keith Pelley and coach Michael Clemons recently visited Bishop in Grand Rapids.

The meeting was to determine Bishop's interest in the Argos and to provide assurances that he will be given the chance to earn the starter's job.

Bishop's decision guarantees the quarterback race will be the big story coming out of Argos training camp.

Damon Allen will be returning to the team healthy, but has been given no guarantees.

Bishop, who relieved Allen in a pair of playoff games this past November, will also be considered a front-runner for the starter's job.

Also expected to put up a fight is Eric Crouch, last year's third-stringer who battled injuries all season, and off-season signees Tom Arth and Mike McMahon, both of whom have experience as NFL backups.

Adding more intrigue to the quarterback tussle is the fact that the team has indicated that none of the candidates will be awarded guaranteed starter's money until they earn the position.


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