Rita terms waiver reaction 'ignorance'

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The placing of Michael Bishop on recallable waivers was a simple procedural move and not meant to measure whether any of the other seven CFL teams have interest in him, Argos general manager Adam Rita said last night.

"Every team puts people on waivers every week to make sure there is room on the roster in case we need to make move because of injuries or if the coach wants to put somebody else on the roster, whatever the case may be," Rita said yesterday. "It's ignorance (that the move got much media play). People don't understand what goes on day to day. You put on a bunch of names to hide what you really want to do."

DIDN'T SHOW IT

If the move unhinged Bishop during the day, he did not show it.

"I don't really know what it means, but it does not bother me," Bishop said. "I just want to go out and play."

Rita said he put more than 20 players on waivers this week, while another club had more than 30 on waivers. Teams can pull back players off recallable waivers twice in a season if a claim is made.

Although the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders could use help at quarterback, no team claimed Bishop, Rita said.

And while the move may be just a formality, the optics are terrible for the Argos. The two-man quarterback system Stubler favours has caused head-scratching in many corners and this won't help.

So are the Argos interested in trading Bishop and does Rita expect the two-man system to stay place?

"No," Rita said to the first part of the question. "I can't really tell what the answer to (second part) is.

"We have 15 weeks left and anything can happen along the way."


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