It seems when Hamilton and Toronto have a common need, free agency always plays in the Argos's favour.
I know that there's a number of factors that would have a guy like Printers more likely land in Toronto than Hamilton. They include:
- Allen likely retiring or losing the starting position
- The Tiger Cats being contractually obligated to Maas in terms of a big chunk of the cap
- The Argonauts having an established team capable of winning
- The Tiger Cats inevitably being a rebuilding project under Desjardins for at least another few years
But assuming the Cats and Argos were in similar positions with equally strong teams and openings for the starting QB. Can we really compete for that marquee player anyways?
1)The larger market.
2)The urban amenities and lifestyle desireable to a pro-athlete in their mid 20s.
3)A controlled venue and better infrastrcture.
Is Hamilton simply outmatched for the services of a Casey Printers? It just seems like Toronto always gets the marquee players.
I can think of a great number of Ti-Cats who've came to prominence with Hamilton only to go on to play with the Argos for the prime of their careers. I can't think of too many that have proven themselves in Toronto and chosen to play for the Tiger Cats for the better parts of their careers?
If anyone can point out players who came to prominence in Toronto but chose ultimately to play for Hamilton, that would be great.
More generally, which marquee players, given the choice, have blatantly chosen Hamilton over Toronto?