Argos ‘actively pursing’ speedster Owens

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:38 PM ET

TORONTO - The Argonauts not only don’t want Chad Owens to leave for the National Football League, they want to sign him to a contract extension.

“We would like to keep him in our organization for good,” Argos general manager/head coach Jim Barker said on Thursday. “We’re actively pursuing him.”

Owens’ agent, Richard Burnoski, told the Toronto Sun this week that Owens, the 2010 most outstanding special-teams player in the Canadian Football League, has a contract offer on the table from the New York Jets.

But whispers around the Argos are growing louder that Owens intends to be in Mississauga for training camp when it opens in the first week of June.

Barker wants to re-sign all 10 of the Argos who entered the off-season as potential free agents. The Boatmen have done that with three players already — slotback Jeremaine Copeland, special-teams captain Bryan Crawford and defensive lineman Ronald Flemons.

The free-agency period kicks in on Feb. 16, and those who do not have new contracts include defensive linemen Adriano Belli, Kevin Huntley and Eric Taylor, offensive linemen Shannon Boatman and Jeff Keeping, defensive back Lin-J Shell and receiver Chad Rempel.

For Barker, getting each of these players under contract is more important than what might be found on the free-agent market, and each has been offered a new deal.


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