Rita's future unclear with Argos

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

Adam Rita remains the general manager of the Argonauts, but team president Bob Nicholson can't say what the future holds for him as long as the ownership issue is unclear.

"We're moving ahead," Nicholson said. "But there is never any certainty until ownership is resolved. We have to wait and see."

Argos co-owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski have kept the Canadian Football League and commissioner Mark Cohon guessing as to whether they will keep the club or sell it. If they decide to sell, it likely will be to B.C. Lions owner David Braley.

Toronto was 3-15 last season after going 4-14 in 2008.

Eyebrows were raised last month when coach Bart Andrus was fired and Rita was nowhere to be seen when Nicholson spoke to reporters about the decision. The move also allegedly came just days after Andrus presented his plans for 2010.

"We thought it was best if one person talked and it worked out fine," Rita said.

However, Rita is involved with the search for a new coach -- a position the Argos want to fill by Feb. 1 -- and has been fulfilling the usual duties of the GM during the off-season, including re-signing players, getting ready for the draft and keeping tabs on the list of free agents who will become available next month.

"Everybody seems to have a question, but I don't," Rita said. "I know who is paying me."

When asked about speculation that Eric Tillman could wind up in Toronto if he is let go by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Nicholson refused to comment.

Andrus had planned to give third-string Buffalo Bills quarterback Gibran Hamdan a shot at being the starter. Rita said no decision has been made about whether Kerry Joseph will return.

The Argos, meanwhile, re-signed linebacker Jason Pottinger.


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