QB James Franklin says Riders weren’t on his radar

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New Argonauts quarterback James Franklin says that joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders was never in the cards.

Franklin, who signed a contract extension with the Argos this week after being traded from the Edmonton Eskimos in December, was set to become a free agent in February. That led to speculation he would look to reunite with former coach Chris Jones, now in charge of the Riders.

Not so, says Franklin.

“I wasn’t really thinking about that [going to the Riders]. I know that everyone tries to get the inside scoop, but I was happy with Toronto and once I got traded to Toronto – my rights – I kept thinking about Toronto and trying to work something out with them,” Franklin explained.

“Everyone kept telling me that I could get more money, but it’s not about the money. It’s about going somewhere with an opportunity, a good place and being a good family environment.”

The University of Missouri product spent the 2015¬†season as Edmonton’s primary backup to Mike Reilly while the Eskimos won the Grey Cup with Jones,¬†now in charge of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, as the head coach.

The Riders traded for a different quarterback in Zach Collaros and Franklin inked a two-year pact in Toronto.

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