Trading Bruce no slam dunk: Agent

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Though he has been given a green light to find a trade for his client, Angelo Wright is not sure it will happen.

"I can't say whether there will be a trade or not," Wright said about Argos receiver Arland Bruce, whom he represents.

"But he will be playing pro football somewhere."

But Bruce, who was suspended for last night's game against the Blue Bombers by Argos head coach Bart Andrus for conduct that Andrus did not deem professional, is willing to suit up for whatever Canadian Football League team might take him.

"I think he is open to playing anywhere," Wright said. "(The Argos) are actively trying to move him if they can and I have been talking to some teams."

Toronto general manager Adam Rita refused to say whether any progress is being made in parting ways with Bruce.

CONTRACT

But releasing Bruce may be the team's only option if a few days go by and no other team bites on a deal.

Bruce reportedly makes $190,000, and picking up that contract in a trade wouldn't be financially viable for most clubs.

Getting him for nothing if he is released and then trying to convince him to play for less money might be the way to go.

The Argos could rid themselves of the headache that surrounds the Bruce controversy by releasing him in the next few days.

But that would give him a chance to hook up with another team and play next week.

"Arland has been a productive player for us," Rita said. "Things kind of went sideways for him and we hope that whatever happens will be the best for both parties.

"Hopefully we put this thing to rest one way or the other."

Does Wright see the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a possible destination, even though the Argos would risk having Bruce playing a large role for their biggest rival?

"I think they will trade him wherever Adam would get value," Wright said.

Bruce has been the Argos' leading receiver for several years, but his unwillingness to get in line off the field didn't wash with Andrus.

"Arland is a guy who works hard and they have put up with some of his quirks," Wright said.

"But the communication with the new coach is a little different. That is probably where the discomfort is."


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