The Canadian Football League’s best special teams player says he wants to stay in Toronto, but his agent is seeking offers from south of the border.
“I’m committed to being a Toronto Argonaut,” Argos kick returner/receiver Chad Owens said Thursday from his Hawaii home in a statement issued through the CFL team.
But his agent has informed the team that he is using his option year to try to get National Football League tryouts for Owens, who led the CFL in combined return yards last season and was named the top special teams player in the league.
He had 2,701 yards on kickoff and punt returns, scoring four return touchdowns. He also caught 46 passes for 576 yards and three touchdowns.
Owens, who will be 29 next season, spent parts of three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing with the Montreal Alouettes in 2009.
He was traded to the Argos last spring.
Argo general manager and head coach Jim Barker told a Calgary radio station that Owens is simply taking advantage of the opportunities available in his option year.
“I’m sure there will be some teams that will take a look at him,” Barker told AM 770.