Argos hot for Hamdan

TERRY KOSHAN, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 PM ET

The doctor is out, Jordan Younger is in and Gibran Hamdan probably is somewhere in between.

The Argos likely will have Hamdan, who was not offered a contract by the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, work out for them as they try to find a quarterback for the 2010 season.

Hamdan, who is thought to have been added to the Argos negotiation list when Bart Andrus was the head coach, was slated to become a free agent at 12:01 a.m. on Friday. Before Andrus was fired in December, he had a meeting with Hamdan, and Argos general manager Adam Rita said this winter the Argos remained interested in Hamdan after Andrus was let go.

Head coach Jim Barker told the Sun this week that he plans to have between five and eight quarterbacks work out for him. Barker and other members of the Argos front office will return to Toronto on Friday from the annual CFL congress in Edmonton, and could begin working out quarterbacks next week. Another slated to get a tryout is Chris Malleo.

Barker wont sign quarterbacks until he is finished putting them through the paces.

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Galea resigned as the team doctor last month, the club confirmed. Galea, who had been with the Argos since 2003, is facing four charges, including selling the drug Actovegin, conspiracy to import an unapproved drug, conspiracy to export a drug and smuggling goods into Canada.

Dr. Galea resigned as our team doctor in early February 2010 and we accepted his resignation, the Argos said in a statement. He did not offer a reason for his resignation.

The charges have not been proven in court. Galeas assistant was charged in the U.S. after being found with HGH and another drug while crossing the U.S.-Canada border last fall.

Galea has worked with several high-profile athletes, including Tiger Woods.

And the Argos have re-signed cornerback Jordan Younger, who was released by Toronto earlier this year but expressed a desire to return when former players Orlondo Steinauer and Mike OShea were added to the coaching staff.

Overtime tweak

CFL rules committee wrapped up after two days in Edmonton with director of officiating Tom Higgins addressing the issue of how to improve overtime.

The one suggestion from fans that actually made the grade and is being sent to the CFL board of governors meetings for ratification tweaks the overtime convert.

Instead of a virtually automatic kick, teams scoring a touchdown in overtime will have to go for a two-point convert.

The compelling part of the two-point convert suggestion is that it adds an element of uncertainty.

An extra-point is an automatic in the CFL as well as the NFL. Its probably 99.8% that the extra point is going to be made. A two-point convert sometimes youre looking at 50-50 or 60-40, Higgins said on Thursday.

terry.koshan@sunmedia.ca

With files from QMI Agency


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