MONTREAL -- The Argos want Kenton Keith badly.
The Argos have offered the running back a multi-year contract that would make him the highest-paid player at that position, Rogers Sportsnet reported last night.
The deal reportedly would pay Keith, who recently was cut by the Indianapolis Colts, an estimated $160,000 a season. Bonuses could result in as much as another $40,000 a year. Earlier last week, Argos general manager Adam Rita had made his interest in Keith clear.
NO RUSH TO DECIDE
Keith's agent, Jason Medlock, told Sportsnet that his client's decision should come in the next week or so, adding that Keith "was not in a rush." The Argos' offer is believed to be for two or three years.
Though other CFL teams are interested in Keith, who played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for five seasons starting in 2002 before leaving for the NFL, it would be prudent for the Argos to sign him. Jamal Robertson has been averaging just 3.3 yards a carry, while Dominique Dorsey's strengths lie more in kick and punt returns than they do in rushing.
In 2006, Keith was named the West Division's most outstanding player. He undoubtedly would become a focal point in a Toronto offence that has sputtered despite the addition of quarterback Kerry Joseph, who was the CFL's most outstanding player in 2007.