Argos re-sign Joseph

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

The Argonauts believe Kerry Joseph's difficult first year in Toronto was a one-off.

The team announced yesterday it has signed its No. 1 quarterback to a contract extension through 2010.

"Everything that has been done since last year makes me optimistic that we will have a lot of success this season," Joseph said. "The organization is going in the right direction and it's exciting to be a part of it."

Joseph was named the most outstanding player in the Canadian Football League in 2007 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and then won the Grey Cup with the Roughies that fall. But following a trade to the Argos prior to last season, he did not get in a groove until a shot at the playoffs was out of reach.

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Working in his favour is that he won't be looking over his shoulder, unlike last season, when the quarterbacking fiasco that involved Michael Bishop was not solved until the latter was traded to Saskatchewan in August. A revamped offensive line with Rob Murphy and Dominic Picard will help.

Because of last season's QB controversy, it's unlikely they would pursue Casey Printers who was released yesterday by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Printers was named the CFL's most outstanding player in 2004 while with the B.C. Lions.

Argos general manager Adam Rita is happy with the backup tandem of Reggie McNeal and Cody Pickett.

"I don't think so," Rita said when asked if he had any interest in Printers. "We have those two young guys behind Kerry and might bring in a fourth guy for camp. You never say never, but it does not look like it."

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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