Argos GM willing to look at QB Jackson

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:38 PM ET

TORONTO - Jim Barker likes his stable of quarterbacks as it stands.

But the Argonauts general manager/head coach is willing to hear what free-agent quarterback Jarious Jackson has to say.

“I’m going to speak with him,” Barker said. “He’s a veteran of this league and wants to talk to me, and he deserves that opportunity. We’re not doing our due diligence if we don’t investigate everything. With that being said, he is a guy who has had a shoulder injury and has not played (regularly) in a year and a half.”

Jackson, a free agent, played in just two games for the B.C. Lions in 2010, and if there comes a point that he signs with the Argos, his contract would be incentive-laden, with no money up front. What’s also working against him is he will turn 34 before the 2011 regular season starts.

And if Jackson really is seeking $300,000 a year, the conversation with Barker will last about as long as it has taken you to read this sentence.

Cleo Lemon and Dalton Bell, if nothing changes, will be in competition for the No. 1 role in camp. There’s always a chance that if Jackson has not signed anywhere late in the spring, the Argos could bring him in for camp.

“You never know what can happen, but I like where we are at right now,” Barker said.

Jackson aside, it could be that Barker’s pre-free agency word was true and he will not sign any new players.

Barker could have had Jackson via trade last year, but was concerned about the latter’s injury trouble. And for the same reason, Barker decided against trying to get Buck Pierce, who instead went to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and played in just five games.


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