Argos coy about Fantuz
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency
|Andy Fantuz gets taken down by Lions safety J.R. LaRose at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Sask., Oct. 16, 2011. (DAVID STOBBE/Reuters)
TORONTO - Word around the CFL is that the Argos have been very coy when it comes to Andy Fantuz, the prize catch in this yearís free-agent pool.
Itís why more than a few observers are worried the Argos, who appear determined to move any mountain in hopes of playing in this yearís Grey Cup, to be played in Toronto no less, will swoop in on the coveted Fantuz, a Canadian who can be as good as any receiver in three-down football.
All was quiet on the Fantuz front as Day One in free agency wrapped up Wednesday, too quiet for some, which led to the Argosí speculation linking the club with Fantuz.
A commodity of Fantuzís ilk wonít come cheap and the Argos have already committed a lot of money to quarterback Ricky Ray.
But money has been freed with the expected departure of Dominic Picard, who agreed to join Saskatchewan.
The Roughriders dearly want Fantuz to stay in Regina and Hamilton is said to be willing to do whatever is necessary to get the slotback in black and gold.
The Ticats, under owner Bob Young, have been very aggressive in recent years and money should not be a factor given the departures of some high-priced players this off-season.
Until Fantuz, who is vacationing in Africa, signs, teams such as Hamilton canít go forward in pursuing free agents when itís not known how money will be left once the Fantuz domino drops.
Itís why a minor move such as the re-signing of Ike Brown gets done by Hamilton.
The other prized player is Canadian offensive lineman Brandon LaBatte, who is said to be either going to Saskatchewan or Edmonton after basically telling Winnipeg heís looking for a new home.
The Blue Bombers did re-sign offensive tackle Glenn January and receiver Greg Carr.
In other free-agent news, the Lions kept defensive backs Dante Marsh and Ryan Phillips in the fold; defensive back Paul Woldu (Montreal) signed with Saskatchewan, which lost slotback Cary Koch to Edmonton; Eskimos added defensive tackle Don Oramasionwu (Winnipeg).