Adriano unlikely to Belli up to the Argos
By Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun
|Argos coach/GM Jim Barker assumes nosetackle Adriano Belli won't be attending anymore practices like this one. Belli, who owns a food company, is expected to announce his retirement next week. (Toronto Sun files)
Yes or no, Adriano?
The Argonauts should learn next week whether nose tackle Adriano Belli will re-sign for what would be his 11th season in the Canadian Football League.
Belli has been weighing his football future throughout the off-season. He runs a food business and is not sure whether he can do that and continue to play football. Belli told the Toronto Sun a couple of weeks ago his decision was not going to be an easy one to make.
Argos general manager/head coach Jim Barker, with the Canadian draft coming on Sunday, is assuming Belli will not be back.
“We have to,” Barker said. “If he is here, that is a bonus for us.”
Though Barker might draft a defensive lineman, he was thrilled with the performance of former NFLer Claude Wroten at the free-agent camp in Florida last week. Wroten dominated in one-on-one drills and if Belli retires, Wroten will be given an ample shot to win that spot in training camp.
As for quarterback Jared Zabransky and non-import receiver Kamau Peterson, released by the Edmonton Eskimos, Barker has no interest in the former and lukewarm, at best, interest in the latter.
Barker re-iterated what he said during the free-agent camp last week -— that Cleo Lemon, Steven Jyles and Dalton Bell will be given an equal opportunity to establish himself as the No. 1 quarterback in training camp. Two of Danny Brannagan, Matt Grothe and B.J. Hall also will be at camp, if not all three.