Argos open to trade offers

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

Jim Barker is willing to trade the first pick overall in the Canadian Football League Canadian draft on Sunday.

But, and it’s a large but, only if the Argonauts head coach is offered a trade that’s too good to turn down.

“Everything has a price, but it takes two to tango,” Barker said on Wednesday. “The preference always is to hang on to the pick. But if you get a deal you can’t refuse, then you do it.”

There has been chatter around the league that Barker and the Argos are listening to trade offers, but other clubs would be selling themselves short if they did not make some sort of pitch.

The Argos are believed to have narrowed their short list for the No. 1 choice to three players. Two who might be in that group are linebacker Shomari Williams and offensive lineman Joe Eppele. Many CFL observers think those two will be taken with the first two selections.

Complicating draft matters for each of the eight teams is the wave of prospects who have committed to NFL mini-camps. Others, including offensive linemen John Bender and Danny Watkins, will return to school next fall with the hopes of being taken in the 2011 NFL draft.

Toronto also has the eighth and 11th picks in the draft, so if Barker swaps the first overall selection, they still would have a shot at a couple of high-end players. Still, trading the No. 1 pick might not sit well with Argos fans who are pining for anything approaching a big splash after a pair of brutal seasons.

terry.koshan@sunmedia.ca


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