Ricky Ray providing Argos with an answer before free agency

The Argos know when Ricky Ray will make a decision about his football future.

“He’s going to give us an answer before free agency starts,’’ Argos general manager Jim Popp told the Toronto Sun. “We’ve had good dialogue, not just with me, but he’s had his talks with coach (Marc) Trestman, coach (Marcus) Brady, but there’s been no pressure in terms of us saying: ‘What are you going to do?’ That’s been ongoing.”

Free agency opens on February 13.

Ray enjoyed a resurgent 2017 campaign, registering his first 5,000-yard passing season since 2008. That earned Ray the East Division’s outstanding player nomination, finishing second to eventual winner Mike Reilly of the Edmonton Eskimos, the league’s passing leader. The 38-year-old finished the Grey Cup with 19-of-32 passing for 297 yards with a touchdown in the Argos victory. That gave him four CFL titles, the most ever for a starting quarterback.

Toronto already has a contingency plan in place at quarterback, trading and then signing James Franklin to a two-year contract.

Being proactive benefits the Argos and doesn’t affect Ray either as the double blue wait patiently.

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6 Comments on Ricky Ray providing Argos with an answer before free agency

  1. ivan Diablo // January 11, 2018 at 5:44 pm //

    i think ray should retire as he helped argos win 2 GC in 5 yrs – last yr taking the team from the depths of despair – retiring on the heels of a championship is never a bad thing –
    he is 38 yr old too
    new challenge for trestman is to groom a new QB i think fajardo and the new QB are booth great – both r good runners but bot as good passers as ray – popp should really make a play for calgary’s messam as he is a free agent and a cdn and a local GTA boy would be a great mentor for the young wilder…. those 2 would really help out a novice pivot – messam’s number is 33 wilder’s is 32 and messam would be great insurance if wilder bolts for the NFL- plus messam is really pissed post GC and still has not talked to media in spite of winning most valuable cdn !

  2. It would be great to have Ricky Ray Back for another year. I certainly would not have a problem with that. He would definitely be an asset mentoring the newly acquired James Franklin. We will know either way soon enough.

  3. Ricky will come back and break the record for all time passing yards. All he needs is to stay healthy for 3 years. That would mean he plays till 41 like Calvillo and Burris.

  4. In a perfect world he would come back, but accept that it’s a transition year to Franklin. I’d love to see a repeat of the best QB transition in history: from Tom Wilkinson to Warren Moon (in that case over several years). Unfortunately Trestman has always seemed to be a “one AB all year” kind of coach.

  5. Why yes, of course, best-case scenario: Ray/Franklin lead Scullers to exciting GC win in Edmonton!

  6. Would be great to have Ricky back but I believe he’ll retire. If that’s the case, fingers crossed that Franklin is legit!

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