Pottinger returns to Argos

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

The Argonauts added some home-brewed talent yesterday.

Toronto gave up one of its first-round picks in the 2009 Canadian Football League draft, as well as a conditional pick in the 2010 draft, to acquire linebacker Jason Pottinger from the B.C. Lions. The pick going to B.C. is the fourth overall. The Argos still have the second pick overall.

A native of Whitby who played at McMaster, Pottinger was second in the CFL last season with 30 special-teams tackles. He also will provide depth at the linebacker position and has the ability to play all three spots.

"The bar has been raised," Argos general manager Adam Rita said. "We are thrilled with this trade as we do not believe we could have acquired a player of Jason's calibre with this pick. He is the best special teams cover guy in the league and has the ability to be a starting linebacker. He is big and fast and makes us much better now and should be able to play for us for many years to come."

Pottinger, 25, was the second pick overall in the 2006 draft, and he has not missed a regular season or playoff game in his three-year career. Pottinger and the Lions could not agree on a long-term contract, and he then wanted to be dealt to a team in the East Division.

The conditional pick next year reportedly is contingent on whether the Argos lock up Pottinger for the long term.

"It will be a pleasure and an honour to play home games on the same field where I grew up watching some of my idols," Pottinger said. "I'm looking forward to suiting up in the Double Blue for the first time."

Also yesterday, the Edmonton Eskimos signed wide receiver Eric Ware.


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