Ray’s future in the balance
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.
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