Argos' pick gets picked off

MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

KINGSTON, Ont. -- One of the Argonauts’ first-round picks appears to be on the verge of signing an NFL deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to the Canadian Press, Greenwood agreed to terms on a contract with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs after working out for the team Monday.

Kingston-born linebacker Cory Greenwood told QMI Agency he expects to sign a contract with the Chiefs on Tuesday. Greenwood, picked third overall by the Argos in the CFL draft earlier this month, flew to Kansas City on Sunday after the NFL team contacted his agent, Johnathon Hardaway, late last week.

“I’m very excited,” Greenwood said after undergoing physical tests with the Chiefs on Monday. “To be honest, it caught me off guard. This is what I’ve been working hard for since (he started at Concordia University).”

Greenwood appeared to be destined for the CFL after the Argos snapped him up with the third pick.

Because the NFL draft is a week before the CFL draft, most Canadian players who receive NFL interest are signed by American teams between the two drafts.

Though the Chiefs had expressed mild interest in Greenwood, the two sides did not reach a deal between the drafts. That allowed Greenwood to be an apparent safe, high pick by the Argos. Many CFL teams shy away from selecting players in the first round who have caught on with NFL teams.

“I want to play professional football and I want to play at the highest level,” said Greenwood, named the top defensive player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport last year. “An offer like this, you can’t pass that opportunity up.”

Greenwood took his tests while the Chiefs were in the midst of their first day of organized-team activities (OTAs) on Monday. He said he expects to participate in OTAs on Tuesday.

Greenwood realized just how fortunate he was when he sat beside Chiefs first-round pick Eric Berry on a connecting flight from Atlanta to Kansas City.

“I feel tremendously lucky,” Greenwood said when asked about his unconventional path to this stage. “They signed 11 (college) free agents and I was lucky they released a linebacker and wanted to have me here.”

Hardaway said he’s thrilled for his client. “He’s ecstatic,” Hardaway said of Greenwood. “If it doesn’t work out, he’ll be happy to come back to Canada and play for the Argos.”


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