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Jones turns down Als, inks extension with Argos

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TORONTO -- Chris Jones is staying put.

After being considered for the Montreal Alouettes head-coaching vacancy, Jones signed a contract extension Tuesday to remain the Toronto Argonauts defensive co-ordinator, assistant GM and assistant head coach.

"I would like to thank the Montreal Alouettes organization, especially Bob Wetenhall and Jim Popp, for their consideration," Jones said in a statement. "After some deliberation, it became apparent that Toronto was the best place for me.

"We've started something great here and I think that, with the players and coaches we have in place, there is an opportunity to build on our championship and contend for the Grey Cup every year."

While Jones is no longer up for the Montreal job, a league source requesting anonymity said Tuesday the Alouettes have received permission to speak to Argos special-teams coach Mike O'Shea and new offensive co-ordinator Marcus Brady -- a former Alouettes assistant -- about their head-coaching vacancy.

Jones came to Toronto following the 2011 season, joining rookie head coach and good friend Scott Milanovich.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 23, 2013 C6

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