Argos add former NFL, Notre Dame QB to neg list

On the same day Marc Trestman and Jim Popp were officially hired as the Argos new head coach and general manager tandem, Toronto added quarterback Jimmy Clausen to the team’s negotiation list.

The move, made Feb. 28, is especially interesting when you consider that Trestman and Clausen worked together for parts of two seasons in Chicago and Baltimore. The Bears signed Clausen for 2014, Trestman’s last year in the Windy City and the Ravens claimed the Notre Dame product off waivers the following season while Trestman was the offensive coordinator. Clausen knows Trestman’s offence.

The Argonauts currently have Ricky Ray, who Trestman named the starting quarterback during his introductory press conference at BMO Field, as well as fellow quarterbacks Drew Willy, Jeff Mathews and Cody Fajardo on the roster.

Clausen was drafted in the second round, 48th overall by Carolina in the 2010 NFL draft. He’s played in 21 NFL games, making 14 starts throwing for 2,520 yards, seven touchdowns, 14 interceptions, a 54 percent completion rate and a 61.9 QB rating. Since finishing the 2015 season with Baltimore, Clausen has been a free agent.

Coming out of Oaks Christian High School in California, Clausen won the Hully Trophy, akin to the Heisman Trophy for American high school, as the top player in the United States. He threw for 49 touchdowns and led his school to its first-ever state title in 2006. That led to accepting a scholarship at the University of Notre Dame.

The six-foot-two, 210-pound quarterback started as a freshman for the Irish and played three seasons in South Bend. Clausen passed for 8,148 yards, 60 touchdowns, 27 interceptions while completing 62.6 of his attempts and registering a 137.2 QB rating. During Clausen’s junior season, his last year at Notre Dame, he threw for 3,722 yards, 28 touchdowns against four interceptions in 12 games. Then he decided to forego his senior campaign and enter the NFL draft.

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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11 Comments on Argos add former NFL, Notre Dame QB to neg list

  1. I remember him playing a game in Chicago, he is a tremendous athlete, could be very well suited for the Canadian game. Good pickup for the Argos.

  2. mrnehnehincognito // April 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm // Reply

    See? its not just the riders that get written about

  3. No real surprise here. Trestman has been high on him for years (as he has with Tebow, actually). Lets wait and see.

  4. Am guessing they are assuming he will be available? Sounds like he is currently unemployed

  5. Justin Dunk must be hearing a rumor about Clausen signing soon. Otherwise, who really cares about somebody being put on a neg list almost 2 months ago? Dunk is scared to say the signing is imminent for fear of being wrong.

  6. Clausen in no way will be the starter. Likely third string if he makes the final roster. Good athlete, solid body of work but will need to learn the Canadian game. Willy struggled last season both physically and mentally. This will make the back up QB competition interesting along with Matthews. My guess is only 2 out of 3 will be on roster when all is said and done.

  7. Saw him play in Carolina. A really smart guy but needs REALLY GOOD players around him to be successful.

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