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Detroit claims Greenwood, putting Argos on hold again

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TORONTO -- Toronto Argonauts GM Jim Barker will have to continue waiting for Cory Greenwood.

The Detroit Lions claimed the former Concordia Stingers star off waivers Friday, a day after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Barker selected Greenwood in the first round, third overall, of the 2010 CFL draft. But the linebacker never arrived, instead signing with Kansas City.

The 27-year-old native of Kingston, Ont., cracked the NFL squad's roster as an undrafted free agent. He spent three seasons with Kansas City before being released Thursday.

But Barker wasn't expecting the six-foot-two, 235-pound Greenwood to beat a path to Toronto.

"I want him to exhaust all of his NFL options and do what's best for him," Barker said prior to Greenwood being claimed. "When he comes here we want him to be committed and excited about being here and turn the page.

"We don't want him thinking, 'If I had just waited a little bit longer."'

Greenwood played 48 games with Kansas City, mostly on special teams. He recorded 10 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 16 contests last year and over three NFL seasons, accumulated 34 career tackles.

It makes financial sense for Greenwood to continue playing south of the border. The NFL's minimum salary for a four-year veteran this year is US$730,000.

Greenwood played at Concordia from 2006 to '09. In his final season, he captured the Presidents' Trophy as Canadian university football's top defensive player.

He was also listed on the Chiefs' depth chart as the third-string long snapper.

While Greenwood will get a second chance in the NFL, Barker says his enthusiasm for the former Concordia star hasn't dampened.

"You're looking at a guy who'd become a dominant player in this league," Barker said. "He's got experience and he'd be a better player now than he would've been three years ago."

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2013 C4

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