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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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« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2018, 05:24:50 PM »

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.....

Now THAT is comedy.  Well done Sir.
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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2018, 05:26:22 PM »

Thanks.  The joke works on so many levels.
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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2018, 06:59:59 PM »

Oh. please. He wanted to be a head coach.

Doesn't change the fact he was still thrown into a terrible situation by a clueless GM.
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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2018, 10:40:41 PM »

Doesn't change the fact he was still thrown into a terrible situation by a clueless GM.

Exactly.

I also highly doubt he was in favour of firing Lapo mid season so he could take over HC duties on top of DC duties for the exact same salary on a team struggling as it was.

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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2018, 04:03:30 AM »

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.

Isn't Kavis the one that got rid of Adams...or was it during Popp's tenure?
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2018, 04:06:33 AM »

Isn't Kavis the one that got rid of Adams...or was it during Popp's tenure?
Popps tenure, they traded a first rounder for him. Kavis' tenure they chose Willy and Jacory Harris over him. Sask on the other hand traded a solid Canadian depthe player and a couple 3rds on him I believe. I think the Bombers can benefit from the Collaros trade in the sense they could very well sign Adams or Marquis Williams, both intriguing, young QBs
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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2018, 06:57:58 PM »

In other news, Rider fans sitting on their roof waiting for the space ship that will force the Argos to trade Franklin to them as written in the bible according to Stronson, less formally known as THE PLAN.

Last year we were told that Rider Stronson had scoured his extensive network of CFL contacts and had it on good authority that Franklin was going to be a Rider the minute he hit FA this year, and that it would have been last year if not for an evil desk drawer contract that Hervey had duped Franklin into signing without his knowledge and that this was Jones`plan all along.
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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2018, 07:22:20 PM »

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. 
agreed....that?s my take on the Als as well
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