Justin Medlock wants to kick field goals for the Argonauts in 2010.
One of the Argos' few bright spots last season, Medlock was cut by the Washington Redskins on Monday. The 26-year-old had an 87% success rate on field goals with Toronto a year ago, hitting on 40 of 46 attempts. Only Damon Duval of the Montreal Alouettes, who was successful on 87.3% (55 of 63) of his attempts, had a better average among kickers who played the entire season.
“I want to come back, but I don’t know what they are going to do,” Medlock told the Toronto Sun from San Francisco, where he is working out. “I’m welcome to coming back. I hope I can. I told (general manager) Adam Rita (in an email) that I’m getting ready. If they call me, they call me.”
Medlock has a 10-day window to sign with another NFL club, but is not sure if that would be a viable option. The Argos retained Medlock's CFL rights after he signed with Washington in the off-season.
“I know I am good enough to kick in the NFL,” Medlock said. “But I also know it is hard for a lefty to catch on. Even the special teams co-ordinator in Washington (Danny Smith) told me it would be tough.”
Argos head coach Jim Barker would rather use non-imports for kicking and punting duties, but realizes Medlock would be difficult to ignore.
“He is as good a kicker as there is in this league,” Barker said. “You have to look ahead. But until he makes a decision and the (rest of the) NFL makes a decision, it is not a concern right now.”
Rita said he imagined the Argos would have to give Medlock a “a real serious look” but said the final decision would be one for Barker to make.
In training camp, the Argos have non-import Grant Shaw and import Robbie Dehaze handling punting and kicking duties. Punter/kicker Jamie Boreham, a non-import, has been on the sideline with a herniated disc in his neck since Week 13 of last year. Boreham is hoping to see a specialist this week.