TORONTO - Could Ricky Ray become an Argonaut before the 2011 season?
Maybe, maybe not.
The Argos are said to have an interest in the Edmonton Eskimos quarterback, who is believed to be the highest-paid player in the Canadian Football League at approximately $450,000 a year.
But Argos head coach Jim Barker has not contacted Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman about the possibility of trading for Ray.
As it stands now, the Eskimos are leaning toward keeping Ray for next year. As with any player, though, that could change during the winter.
What makes the situation more intriguing is that Barker didn’t say unequivocally on Monday that Cleo Lemon would be his guy heading into training camp next June. Barker expected there would be competition for the No. 1 quarterback spot in just over six months. Had Barker figured that Lemon would be No. 1 next spring, he would have said so.
At the least, expect the Argos to sign a quarterback during the off-season, likely from the U.S. There are not many CFL quarterbacks who are slated to become free agents in February.
Barker mostly defended the 31-year-old Lemon as the former NFLer struggled through his first CFL season. The Argos were 9-9, but the offence produced the fewest points in the league.