TORONTO – The CFL rumour mill was running rampant as initial reports indicated that Toronto Argonauts RB and 100th Grey Cup MVP Chad Kackert had agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Jets. After working out for the Jets in the off-season, several rumours surfaced regarding the potential departure of Kackert to New York. However, numerous rumours proved to be false as the reigning Grey Cup MVP has re-signed with the Argonauts.
News broke early Friday afternoon via SportsNet New York reporter Jake Steinberg, who tweeted that the New York Jets had agreed to terms with Kackert.
“The Jets have signed Toronto Argonauts RB and Grey Cup MVP Chad Kackert,” tweeted Steinberg, a beat writer for SportsNet New York.
Shortly following the news, Kackert responded with a tweet of his own. “I haven’t put a pen to paper yet,” said Kackert, indicating that he had not officially agreed to a deal with any team at that time.
Kackert emerged as the Argonauts’ starting RB midway through the 2012 season following the release of former RB Cory Boyd. Kackert concluded the 2012 regular season with 638 yards rushing and five touchdowns. The second-year CFL sophomore then collected 195 total yards in the Argonauts’ historic Grey Cup victory at the Rogers Centre on November 25.
After receiving a three-year contract extension on Thursday, GM Jim Barker addressed the media, stating that the Boatmen had made an offer to their Grey Cup MVP. Barker also noted that he was aware of Kackert’s communication with the New York Jets and admits that Kackert had leverage in his current contract negotiations.
Kackert has agreed to re-sign with the Argonauts after a difficult day of examining many different possibilities. It is reported that Kackert had multiple offers on the table including that of the New York Jets. The 26-year-old opted to remain in Toronto as the Argonauts’ prepare to defend their 100th Grey Cup title in 2013.
– Daniele Franceschi –