Argos thinking trade on eve of draft
By Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun
|Argo head coach/general manager Jim Barker told reporters Thursday he may make a trade in order to move up in Sunday's CFL draft. Argos currently hold the 12th pick.
Jim Barker never has been one to flinch at the thought of making a splash.
Could the Argonauts general manager/head coach make a trade in the next couple of days to move up from the 12th spot in the Canadian draft on Sunday?
“You’re never okay at 12,” Barker told a group of reporters at the team’s training facility on Thursday. “I would like to be one or two. You’re always working on that. You throw feelers out and you try to see what it’s going to take (to move up).”
Barker had the fourth pick overall, but traded it to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the deal that brought quarterback Steven Jyles to Toronto.
A year ago, Barker possessed the first pick in the days leading up to the draft. But after a series of moves, he had traded it and gained hold of the second and third picks overall, used to take Joe Eppele and Cory Greenwood.
“Anything can happen,” Barker said. “Right now we are looking at every scenario.”
The Bombers have the first pick in the draft. There is no consensus No. 1 choice, but it likely will be one of offensive lineman Scott Mitchell, slotback Anthony Parker or linebacker Henoc Muamba.
Barker, meanwhile, said he expects to learn next week whether nose tackle Adriano Belli will return for an 11th Canadian Football League season. Barker said the Argos don’t have an interest in quarterback Jared Zabransky, released by the Edmonton Eskimos, and his interest in receiver Kamau Peterson, also released by Edmonton, is lukewarm at best.
And Barker reiterated what he told the Toronto Sun during the free-agent camp last week in Florida — that Jyles, Cleo Lemon and Dalton Bell will have an equal shot at establishing himself as the No. 1 quarterback when training camp opens in the first week of June.