Argonauts release Joseph

The Toronto Argonauts have released quarterback Kerry Joseph after he was acquired from...

The Toronto Argonauts have released quarterback Kerry Joseph after he was acquired from Saskatchewan in 2008. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:42 PM ET

Kerry Joseph's days with the Argonauts are over.

The quarterback confirmed on his Twitter account that he is no longer an Argo, saying that he "will resurface elsewhere."

"I am thankful to the fans of Toronto," Joseph said on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

The Argos then announced it officially, saying Joseph, fellow quarterback Cody Pickett and linebacker Zeke Moreno have been released.

Joseph was acquired amid much fanfare two years ago, and was expected to help turn the Toronto offence around after he was the CFL's most outstanding player with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007. But he was never able to get untracked in Toronto, and it did not help that he had to play for three head coaches.

“After assessing what we required to run our offence in 2010, we felt we needed to go in a different direction at the quarterback position," Argos head coach Jim Barker said. "Kerry and Cody have contributed a lot to this team and we thank them for their past efforts. We understand that it seems bold to release these quarterbacks before announcing the additions of new quarterbacks to the roster but we wanted to make this move immediately so these players could try to catch on with other teams. We have a plan in place and will be making those announcements over the course of the next month."

There could be several quarterback options for Barker. Adrian McPherson wants to be a starter but will not get that chance playing behind Anthony Calvillo in Montreal, and the B.C. Lions have a glut of quarterbacks and one of Jarious Jackson or Buck Pierce could become available. Calgary's Barrick Nealy could be an option as well.

General manager Adam Rita said during the winter the Argos were interested in Buffalo Bills quarterback Gibran Hamdan, who is unlikely to be re-signed by the NFL club. Hamdan met with Bart Andrus in Toronto before Andrus was fired in mid-December.

Of Moreno, Barker said: “We would like to thank Zeke for all of his efforts. Our defence is also heading in a different direction and he was not part of the plan. We wanted to act swiftly to give Zeke a chance to find another opportunity.”

terry.koshan@sunmedia.ca


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