Argos navigating uncertain times as free agency looms

Toronto Argos general manager Jim Barker is preparing for just about anything and everything as the...

Toronto Argos general manager Jim Barker is preparing for just about anything and everything as the free-agent window draws nearer. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

Calling it a unique year, which is saying a lot given the CFL’s unique history and way of doing business, Argos general manager Jim Barker is preparing for just about anything and everything as the free-agent window draws nearer.

In a perfect world, the team’s ownership would be settled, a new collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players would be in place, but those are issues beyond Barker’s control.

If a move presents itself that betters the Argos, you can bet Barker will pounce on it, if he hasn’t already.

Already this off-season, the Argos lost two assistant coaches in Mike O’Shea and Chris Jones, who were hired by Winnipeg and Edmonton, respectively, as head coaches and front-office executive Ted Goveia, who was lured to Winnipeg as its assistant GM.

The Argos groomed backup quarterback Zach Collaros, who will now be given every opportunity to be the new face of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as the team’s starter.


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