Ray’s fu­ture in the bal­ance

24 Hours Toronto - - SPORTS - — FRANK ZICARELLI

No one knows what the fu­ture holds for Ricky Ray, in­clud­ing Ray him­self.

The quar­ter­back con­tem­plated re­tire­ment last sea­son when the Ar­gos were about to wrap up a five-win sea­son. He mulled a ca­reer in coach­ing but ul­ti­mately de­cid­ing to re­turn when new head coach Marc Trest­man reached out and of­fered his sup­port for Ray.

While there have been no signs of Ray slow­ing down, there’s also no sign of any ex­ten­sion and no telling what Ray will de­cide once he be­gins to as­sess ev­ery­thing in the off­sea­son.

What is known is that Ray is a free agent, one of many quar­ter­backs in the East as the game of mu­si­cal chairs, an an­nual event in the CFL, will be­gin shortly after this year’s Grey Cup is fin­ished all the way into free agency.

One never knows which path Ray will take, if he’ll play again or where he’ll play again.

Ray is mak­ing backup money with all kinds of bonuses in­cluded in a deal. Sun­day’s East fi­nal against vis­it­ing Saskatchewan could be the fi­nal time for Argo fans to watch the fu­ture Hall of Famer in a Toronto uni­form, a real pos­si­bil­ity if the Rid­ers be­come the first cross­over team to play for a Grey Cup.

In Ot­tawa, the Red­blacks must be think­ing about their quar­ter­back po­si­tion and whether to ex­tend Trevor Har­ris, who threw an in­ter­cep­tion in a key mo­ment in his play­off start­ing de­but.

In Mon­treal, the Als are a mess and no quar­ter­back should feel safe.

In the Ham­mer, Jeremiah Ma­soli, hand­picked by in­terim head coach June Jones, is a free agent. The Ti­cats have un­til Nov. 30 to of­fer a con­tract to Johnny Manziel. An­other big dead­line day to keep in mind is Feb. 1, when a ros­ter bonus of $250,000 is due to Zach Col­laros.

Amid all this QB con­jec­ture is vet­eran Kevin Glenn, no stranger to un­cer­tainty and ques­tion marks.

Glenn, who played very well in Ot­tawa, will hook up with Ray this Sun­day in a big-time matchup for the first time since the 2012 Grey Cup, a game Toronto won when Glenn started for Calgary.

In 2007, Saskatchewan’s Glenn, the East nom­i­nee for MOP, led Win­nipeg to an up­set win of the host Ar­gos in the East fi­nal, but Glenn broke his arm on a play fea­tur­ing Kevin Eiben, Toronto’s cur­rent spe­cial teams co-or­di­na­tor.

Glenn missed the Grey Cup as Saskatchewan pre­vailed.

HAR­RIS On the outs?

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