From the Spec
O'Billovich said while he hopes to re-sign Sandy Beveridge and Jykine Bradley, two other prospective free agents, there is more uncertainty surrounding Armour, who finished fourth in the league in tackles last season with 84.
"Right now it doesn't look that positive that we'll be bringing him (Armour) back," O'Billovich said.
The Ticat GM said the emergence of Canadian Ray Mariuz could allow him to start at Armour's outside linebacking spot. That would leave the Cats with the opportunity to start another American on the defensive front, one key area the club is hoping to improve the pass rush.
Armour said yesterday from his Toledo home he wants to return to Hamilton for a third season.
But the 31-year-old four-year Canadian Football League veteran said the Cats haven't made him an offer but rather have given him permission to talk to other teams.
"I don't think the door is completely closed but it isn't looking too good," he said.
Armour said he hasn't spoken with O'Billovich in two weeks and has yet to have a chat with new Tiger-Cat defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan.
That scenario would leave the door open for Armour to sign with another club after Feb 15.
I hope we have some room for this guy. He is the type of player I thought we wanted around here.
Hope to see you back in '08 JoJuan!