Rita on way out the door?

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

TORONTO -- Adam Rita, seven seasons ago, became the Argonauts' general manager.

Speculation abounds that when Rita's contract expires at the end of the season, so too will his tenure in Toronto.

Head coach Jim Barker began putting his stamp on the Argos last winter when he was hired and that draft day in May, when he clearly was the man in charge. That has not changed during the regular season, and it became common for Barker, not Rita, to be quoted in releases from the team when players were signed.

There was mild surprise earlier this year when two of Rita's right-hand men, Greg Mohns and Miles Gorrell, were let go but Rita was retained.

There's no doubt Rita has been a solid employee for the Argos, helping them win a Grey Cup in 2004, but a hit was absorbed with bad back-to-back seasons in 2008 and 2009. With Barker as chief, the Argos were .500 this past regular season and are in the playoffs for the first time in three years.

One question that will be asked when the Argos are done is whether Barker takes on the dual roles of GM and coach in 2011. He appears to have loved his return to the sideline, and has kept a healthy interest on the personnel side. It would not catch many observers off-guard if Barker did both jobs.


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