Free agency in the Canadian Football League hits at the ungodly hour of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, but the Argonauts probably will not be involved to a large extent.
General manager/head coach Jim Barker has said that he does not believe in building a team through free agency, but it would not be surprising if he picks up a couple of warm bodies. One player who might interest Barker is defensive tackle Tearrius George, who will not be re-signed by the Calgary Stampeders.
Toronto could use depth at the quarterback position, but neither of the men available, the Montreal Alouettes’ Chris Leak and the B.C. Lions’ Jarious Jackson, probably would be of much help to the Argos.
The Boatmen have five potential free agents and were trying to get defensive tackle Kevin Huntley’s name on a new contract. The other four Argos who are slated to become free agents — defensive tackle Adriano Belli, defensive back Lin-J Shell, defensive lineman Eric Taylor and offensive lineman Jeff Keeping — have been offered new deals.
The belief is that Shell, Taylor and Keeping will test the open market. Belli is in the midst of making a decision about his football future.