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The Zipp
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« on: January 04, 2018, 02:42:33 PM »


http://3downnation.com/2018/01/04/argos-agree-to-terms-with-qb-james-franklin/


The Toronto Argonauts have agreed to terms with quarterback James Franklin on a two-year deal, per sources.

The Argos acquired Franklin in a trade with Edmonton in December, giving them an exclusive negotiating window before the 26-year-old could?ve hit free agency in February. Toronto received a third-round pick in the 2018 CFL draft while sending Canadian offensive lineman Mason Woods the other way.

The move means Toronto has secured one of the league?s up-and-coming stars, a player who could easily step into the No. 1 quarterback spot should veteran Ricky Ray elect to retire. If Ray returns, Franklin gives the Argos quarterback depth and provides legitimate competition with the 38-year-old for the starting job.

Over three seasons in Edmonton, Franklin completed 116-of-176 passes (66 completion rate) for 1,449 yards and 12 touchdowns against one interception. He?s carried the ball 18 times for 145 yards and one touchdown.


Franklin caught the attention of Toronto?s football personnel men when he threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns in a convincing 41-17 Eskimos victory at BMO Field in 2016.

?I know that game left a lasting impression on people that had been with the Argos, [current assistant general manager] Spencer [Zimmerman] and [offensive coordinator] Marcus Brady. But he?s had other games like that I?ve been a part of where he?s done well. You know he?s got the potential to do that every week,? general manager Jim Popp said upon trading for Franklin.

?Everybody has flashes, but you have to look at his whole body of work. This is an outstanding college football player that has spent three years in the CFL and he was in a very good organization with coaching to match, he?s an outstanding young man and he?s got a lot of key elements that you look for.?

Franklin was originally added to the Eskimos negotiation list while playing at the University of Missouri in the SEC. He was off for a little while when attending Detriot Lions training camp in 2014, but after sparse use Edmonton readded him suspecting he could be let go and indeed that was the case. Then Franklin signed with Edmonton in April 2015.

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 02:44:56 PM »

Looks like the Collaros trade forced this to happen.  Franklin realized it's either the Montreal mess, or Toronto.  No real other options...
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 02:55:09 PM »

The QB chips continue to fall. Collaros yesterday. Franklin, Glenn and Masoli today. Montreal is the only team who might need a starting QB and they could go with Durant.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 02:56:15 PM »

The QB chips continue to fall. Collaros yesterday. Franklin, Glenn and Masoli today. Montreal is the only team who might need a starting QB and they could go with Durant.

Kevin Glenn to Montreal?
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 02:57:58 PM »

Kevin Glenn to Montreal?
That?s be funny but he?s an upgrade over Durant.  Other options for Montreal could include Vernon Adams and Johnny Football. But I?d expect Hamilton to keep Johnny.
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 03:06:55 PM »

From CFL News: Don't be shocked if Ricky Ray ends up in Edmonton this year, coaching with his very good friend, Jason Maas. #CFL #Esks #Argos
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 03:38:15 PM »

From CFL News: Don't be shocked if Ricky Ray ends up in Edmonton this year, coaching with his very good friend, Jason Maas. #CFL #Esks #Argos

Retire (on his own terms, not due to injury) right into coaching?  You'd think the guy would want a break.

On the plus side, if Maas starts throwing stuff at him, Ricky can throw it back harder and more accurately.....
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2018, 03:51:35 PM »

The QB chips continue to fall. Collaros yesterday. Franklin, Glenn and Masoli today. Montreal is the only team who might need a starting QB and they could go with Durant.

So much QB news today.

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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2018, 03:53:38 PM »

The QB chips are falling into place today.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2018, 04:08:59 PM »

The QB chips are falling into place today.
Als seem to be the losers here.  They remind me of the Bombers under Joe Mack/Tim Burke where no players wanted to come here. 
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2018, 04:13:11 PM »

Argos two cups in a row 😱
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2018, 04:42:36 PM »

Als seem to be the losers here.  They remind me of the Bombers under Joe Mack/Tim Burke where no players wanted to come here. 

I still feel a little sad for Tim Burke when I think of those days. Forced into a job he was no good at by an ignorant and arrogant GM.
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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2018, 04:47:59 PM »

I still feel a little sad for Tim Burke when I think of those days. Forced into a job he was no good at by an ignorant and arrogant GM.

Oh. please. He wanted to be a head coach.
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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2018, 04:57:56 PM »

Als seem to be the losers here.  They remind me of the Bombers under Joe Mack/Tim Burke where no players wanted to come here. 

common denominator...not the only reason but gotta think there is a connection...Joe Mack is a shyster who shouldn't be employed by any CFL team
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2018, 05:05:59 PM »

common denominator...not the only reason but gotta think there is a connection...Joe Mack is a shyster who shouldn't be employed by any CFL team
True there is a linkage, but I think the problem in Montreal right now is Kavis.  Mack is a good recruiter of American talent in my opinion, but is a terrible GM. 
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