Argos telling teams ‘everyone is available’ while Derel Walker watch is on

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The Argos are in sell mode — for the right price, of course.

“What do you need? Everyone is available,” one source said who has had conversations with Toronto.

There are a number of double blue players with expiring contracts including: quarterbacks Zach Collaros, James Franklin, and McLeod Bethel-Thompson; running back James Wilder Jr.; receivers Derel Walker, S.J. Green, and Armanti Edwards; national offensive linemen Sean McEwen and Jamal Campbell; and Canadian defensive lineman Cleyon Laing.

Out of the group, Walker is having the most productive season. The 28-year-old has 62 catches for 1,016 yards and six touchdowns despite a rotation of quarterbacks between James Franklin and McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

Walker signed a lucrative one-year deal in the range of $280,000, which made him the highest paid non-quarterback in the league. For putting pen to paper Walker received $150,000, base salary is $110,000 and each game active collects $1,111.11 in the form of a housing payment.

His pact runs out following the 2019 season, in February 2020 he would be a free agent. The defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders are viewed as a potential destination.

“I’d say Walker to Calgary because John Hufnagel helped John Murphy secure the Argos job,” one source said.

The Stamps saved more than $100,000 because Bo Levi Mitchell suffered an injury and missed seven games with a pectoral injury. That money alone would be sufficient funds to absorb Walker’s remaining salary of just under $29,000. But the kicker comes down to the what assets need to go back the other way for a trade to happen.

Hufnagel has yet to make his patented move for bolstering the Stampeders’ Grey Cup run and sources around the league believe Walker could be the one.