Cory Boyd found a home in the Argonauts’ backfield this season.
Now he wants to find an equally permanent address in Toronto.
Boyd said Monday he’d like to make Toronto his football home. Head coach Jim Barker, meantime, told a season-end media scrum that the club would look into signing Boyd to an extension in the off-season.
“He’s got another year here for sure. We’ll look at that and try to extend him further. He’s comfortable up here and he’s happy. It’s possible and something we’ll defintely look at,” Barker said.
Boyd led the league in bumps, bruises and 1,722 yards gained from scrimmage. He is fiercely competitive and went into Sunday’s East final with lingering groin problems, after three concussions, assorted welts and he looked near tears when team-mates had to carry him off with a hip pointer. “I never got carried off. Never. With all the things I’ve gone through this year with the concussions and everything I didn’t think that was a fair way to go out,” Boyd said.
He’s off to Atlanta to watch his alma-mater, South Carolina, play Auburn for the South East Conference championship. “I’ll probably stop by and visit my family. I haven’t seen them in almost two years but then I might just come back (to Toronto). This is a new home for me.”
After bouncing around NFL practice rosters for two seasons, he’s craving security. He’s not looking to go back to the NFL. “Haven’t heard anything. Don’t plan on hearing anything,” he said. Hopefully (the Argos) give me a longer contract. I have another year and I’ll be loyal to those who are loyal to me. I’ll stick my contract out and hopefully coach Barker feels I’m in his future to build around. I look forward to staying here.”
Boyd had 1,359 yards rushing and had he not missed the final game of the season it’s likely he would’ve led the league. Winnipeg’s Fred Reid beat him by 37 yards.
“Hopefully if this year didn’t solidfy a longer contract maybe next year will,” Boyd said. “The uncertainty of this game, always moving, bouncing around. At sometime you just have to say, I’m going to stick this one out. You got to make a home somewhere.”