Moreno's at home

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Now that he is an Argonaut, Zeke Moreno will have a homecoming of sorts when he steps on to the Rogers Centre field in double blue.

"I don't know who was more excited -- me or my wife (Christina)," Moreno said yesterday from his off-season home in San Diego. "She was on the internet right away trying to find some boutique stores in Toronto.

"We're both familiar with the GTA, and have been to a lot of the attractions in the city. I have a couple of friends there who aren't in football."

As a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before he was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers midway through last season, Moreno often would make the drive down the QEW to visit in Toronto.

Moreno will be in town next week to start house-hunting, but it's on the gridiron where the linebacker will leave footprints. The two-time Canadian Football League all-star has led the league in tackles in each of his first two years and will bolster an Argos defensive unit that sagged last season. And with Moreno as the new leader of the defence, the long CFL career of Mike O'Shea appears to be over. At 38, O'Shea is expected to retire.

Moreno is the third major acquisition for the Argos this week, along with the signings of free agents Rob Murphy and Dominic Picard. Murphy, an offensive lineman, and Moreno are among the top players at their position in the CFL. To get Moreno from the Bombers (who also sent their sixth-best pick in the 2009 draft to Toronto), the Argos parted with defensive end Riall Johnson.

"I think we've sent the message to our players that we have to hit the road with rubber screaming, and to our fans that we are not sitting on our hands," Argos general manager Adam Rita said

Rita has plugged a few holes but he remains concerned about the loss of special teams wizard Dominique Dorsey, who signed with the Washington Redskins earlier this month.

"That's the area we have to improve," Rita said. "That's the most obvious one (of what Rita has left to do)."

Moreno, 30, earned the nickname 'Zeke and Destroy' when he played at the University of Southern California. He has no trouble with living up to his reputation as one of the game's better performers, and figured the Argos only can go up.

"There was the quarterbacking controversy last year (with Michael Bishop, who was traded, and Kerry Joseph) and that became bigger than the team," Moreno said. "That's gone. It's a refreshing start for me, and gives me a whole new life. I'm looking forward to the season."


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