Argos waiting on Allen

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

Rich Stubler has too much respect for Damon Allen to even hint at pushing the veteran quarterback overboard from the good ship Argonaut.

But the team's first-year head coach makes one thing clear: If Allen is to return for another CFL season, he won't necessarily be near the front of the line when Argos training camp begins in early June.

As that date rapidly approaches, the 44-year-old Allen has yet to make a firm decision on his future even though he is still listed on the Argonauts roster.

"We have chatted and Damon has had a couple of talks with (general manager ) Adam Rita and we're working through it," Stubler said yesterday. "Damon is going to the hall of fame and if we decided to bring him back, he could be part of the mix.

"We feel we have definites in (Michael Bishop and Kerry Joseph) and the third job is open."

It is difficult to say whether Allen would return if his best shot is to hold a clipboard. The Argos also have young quarterbacks Reggie McNeal and Cody Pickett under contract and Stubler sees them as ideal candidates to one day play in the league.

At the front of the boat will be the Grey Cup winning quarterback Kerry Joseph, who was acquired from Saskatchewan this off-season, and last year's starter Bishop.

"I'd like to go to camp with only four quarterbacks, we had too many last year," Stubler said.

Allen, Bishop and Joseph are scheduled to appear together today at the Rogers Centre to unveil Allen's plans for his Quarterback Challenge charity.

The other key contract outstanding is that of veteran linebacker Mike O'Shea.

Stubler is hopeful a deal will be reached.

"I would love to have Michael back, but it's a work in progress," Stubler said. "Obviously he has done a great job for us and we're hoping to work out the details.

"But the (salary management system) is a tough thing and something we all have to live with."


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