View Full Version : Did we cut Crouch

06-22-2005, 06:48 PM

TORONTO (CP) - Another NFL team has cut Eric Crouch, but the Toronto Argonauts continue to leave their door open to the former Heisman Trophy winner.

The Kansas City Chiefs recently released Crouch, who was attempting to make the NFL club as a safety. After signing Crouch in the off-season, the Chiefs allocated him to NFL Europe so he could learn the ropes of his new position.

The Argos have had Crouch on their negotiation list since his college days at Nebraska, meaning if the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner wanted to play in Canada the Argos would have exclusive negotiating rights.

The Argos have always been curious with the prospect of giving the six-foot, 195-pound Crouch a look at quarterback on the longer, wider Canadian field. Crouch has suited up for three different NFL teams - St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs - but only the Packers were willing to let him play quarterback.

Greg Mohns, Toronto's director of player personnel, said Crouch's representative has been in touch with the Argos recently but that Crouch continues to look for employment south of the border.

"He (Crouch) isn't opposed to coming to Canada and playing quarterback but he's looking to see if there's anything available in the NFL," Mohns said. "We'll just have to let time take its course.

"Right now it's very exploratory."

Toronto isn't in dire need of a quarterback and can afford to remain patient with Crouch. Incumbent Damon Allen turns 42 next month but was the MVP of the Argos' Grey Cup win last year while backup Michael Bishop is only 29 years old.

Still, the odds of Crouch coming to Canada appear low. His agent, Jim Steiner, has publicly stated Crouch has no urge to play quarterback and even if Crouch had a change of heart, he hasn't spent any meaningful time at the position since his college days.

"That's why I'd want to work him out," Mohns said. "He'd need time to get back into that groove.

"I'd like to work him out and take it from there."

At Nebraska, Crouch was one of U.S. college football's most dynamic players.

He started 38 of 42 games with the Cornhuskers and became just the third player in Division I-A history to throw for 4,000 yards and run for 3,000 yards in his career. He completed 312-of-606 passes for 4,481 yards with 29 touchdown passes and 25 interceptions and added 3,434 yards rushing with 59 TDs.

But his size, arm strength and playing in a Wishbone offence in college had many experts doubting Crouch could play quarterback in the NFL. The CFL, though, would seem to better suit the athletic Crouch, whose running ability would appear ideal on the longer, wider Canadian field.

The Rams took Crouch in the third round of the 2002 draft and signed him to a three-year, $1.3-million US deal to play receiver. But he left the team late in training camp citing the difficulties of making the transition from quarterback to receiver.

Mr. Laz
06-22-2005, 06:51 PM
yes and claussen

06-22-2005, 06:53 PM
yeah they met him at the airport coming back from his NFLE season and cut him right after he got off the plane.


06-22-2005, 07:17 PM
About damn time. I hate that guy.

06-22-2005, 08:40 PM
yes and claussen
So who is the 3rd QB?

06-22-2005, 08:50 PM
So who is the 3rd QB?

Huard or Kilian. Camp will tell.