For the second time in three days, one of the Argonauts’ potentially significant off-season acquisitions has retired.
But unlike quarterback Gibran Hamdan, who woke up Friday morning and decided his football career was over, the retirement of non-import punter/kicker Jamie Boreham is nothing more than a paper transaction.
Boreham, who came to Toronto in a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on May 2, failed his physical and was put on the retirement list so the Argos wouldn’t take up a roster spot.
The Argos are keeping their fingers crossed that Boreham physically is ready soon. Head coach Jim Barker said the unspecified injury did not catch the team off-guard.
“It will be taken care of, hopefully,” Barker said. “Once he can pass the physical, we’ll take a look and see where he is. I have a lot of confidence in Jamie Boreham. So that eases my anxiety.”
Boreham’s absence leaves non-import Grant Shaw and import Robbie Dehaze as the only punter/kickers in training camp. Last week, Barker acknowledged that Shaw, the 11th-pick overall by the Argos in the 2010 Canadian draft, has the advantage because he is a Canadian.
The Argos last season had imports Justin Medlock, who signed in the winter with the Washington Redskins, and Eddie Johnson, who was released, handling the kicking and punting chores.