Argos coach not a fan of free agents

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

TORONTO - Jim Barker is sticking to his plan which, when it comes to free agency, probably will not involve a lot.

“People know how I like to build a team ... I’m not a huge believer in free agency,” Barker, the Argonauts’ general manager and head coach, said on Tuesday. “We have a plan and we will carry that out.”

Free agency in the Canadian Football League strikes at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 16.

The Argos had 10 potential free agents, but have signed Jeremaine Copeland, Bryan Crawford, Ronald Flemons and Shannon Boatman. The other six — Adriano Belli, Kevin Huntley, Eric Taylor, Lin-J Shell, Jeff Keeping and Chad Rempel — have been offered contracts. Belli is weighing the decision of whether to return for another season or retire.

Though many free agents have re-signed with their teams, some good players could be available. Among those who have not re-signed are Montreal running back Avon Cobourne, Calgary cornerback Dwight Anderson and Edmonton receiver Kelly Campbell.

The Argos could use depth at quarterback, but with only the B.C. Lions’ Jarious Jackson and Chris Leak of the Montreal Alouettes potentially available, they likely will look elsewhere.

Barker said that while he wants to re-sign the Argos’ remaining potential free agents, he realizes that some will go on the open market.


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