QB battle at Argo camp

Michael Bishop will battle for the Argos' top quarterback job with Damon Allen this season. (Sun...

Michael Bishop will battle for the Argos' top quarterback job with Damon Allen this season. (Sun Media/Dave Thomas)

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Michael Bishop is getting more serious by the day in his bid to become the Argos quarterback of the future.

Bishop quit Grand Rapids of the Arena Football League last week and arrived in Toronto on Sunday to start studying the team's new offence.

And yesterday the 215-pounder with the big arm signed a contract extension through the 2009 season.

"My goal is to go out there on every play and be the playmaker that I know I can be," Bishop said. "With the talent around me, all I have to do is go out and make plays."

Bishop joined the Argos midway through last season and quickly became the backup to Damon Allen. When Allen faltered in both of the team's playoff games, Bishop was summoned from the bench and delivered a pair of electrifying performances.

After throwing two late touchdown passes against Winnipeg in the Argos dramatic come-from-behind win in the East semi-final, a quarterback controversy ensued.

Allen started the East final as well, but was once again replaced by Bishop.

The two will be part of what should be a fierce training camp battle for the starting job. Joining Bishop and Allen are former Nebraska star Eric Crouch as well as ex-NFLers Mike McMahon and Tom Arth.

"(Bishop) is going to come into training camp with the opportunity to win the starting quarterback job," Argos general manager Adam Rita said. "Regardless of where he is on the depth chart, he is dedicated to helping the team any way he can."


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