TORONTO - Change. It is as constant to the CFL has breath is to life.
Today’s star is tomorrow’s media guide footnote. It is a place where Cory Boyd can be the league’s leading rusher one week, discarded the next. It is a league where Brandon Isaac is celebrated as a bone-crushing Grey Cup linebacker, and months later left unwanted to join the Argos’ most ardent foe in Hamilton.
Some call it fluidity. Some, mostly fans, deem it frustrating; left to wonder if the guy in their favourite team’s promo ads will last until Thanksgiving.
Some, like Toronto general manager Jim Barker, call it a necessity in a nine-team league dealing with issues like maintaining a Canadian ratio, and staying under a tight salary cap. At the same time, he points out the core of the Argonauts’ offence — Ricky Ray, Andre Durie, Chad Owens and the offensive line — has changed little the past two seasons.