The Toronto Argonauts, who signed Raghib "Rocket" Ismail last year to catch the ball, are interested in getting Mark Rypien to throw it to him.
Mike McCarthy, the general manager for the CFL team, said he talked yesterday with Ken Staninger, Rypien's agent, and added: "Last year, we got the cake. This would give us the icing."
Staninger confirmed he had talks yesterday with McCarthy and Charley Casserly, the general manager of the Washington Redskins, and said Rypien would keep his options open.
It remains to be seen whether Staninger's talks with the Argonauts are a negotiating ploy to help him in the negotiations with the Redskins, but Casserly didn't seem concerned about them. He said the talks are at a preliminary stage and that Staninger hasn't raised the Canadian option.
Reports in Toronto are that Rypien is asking the Redskins for $4 million a year and that the Redskins have countered with a $2.25 million offer. Staninger said the figures weren't accurate but wouldn't say whether they're too high or too low.
The highest-paid NFL player, quarterback Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins, makes an average of $4.43 million a year.