Realty One


Thursday, February 14, 2013


Toronto - The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is pleased to announce that General Manager Jim Barker has signed a contract extension through the 2015 season.

Commented Toronto Argonauts Executive Chairman & CEO, Chris Rudge, "Jim Barker has done a tremendous job of putting our football team in position to be a perennial winner. Creating this kind of long-term stability at the executive level infuses confidence into the entire organization and allows us, as a team, to execute on our plans for the future. Jim's vision for this Club is exciting and I know that our fans will share in my enthusiasm for today's announcement."

Following the 2011 season, Barker focused fully on the General Manager position and began restructuring the club's football operations. He started by hiring CFL Coach of the Year Finalist, Scott Milanovich, then, on December 12, 2011, Barker pulled off arguably the biggest trade in the 140-year history of the Club. In a blockbuster deal, he acquired future hall of fame QB Ricky Ray from the Edmonton Eskimos. Milanovich and Ray returned exciting offensive football to the city and led the Argos to three impressive playoff victories en route to hosting, and hoisting, the 100th Grey Cup championship at Rogers Centre – the 16th title in Argonauts history.

Barker commented, "I am very excited to extend my time in Toronto and continue to build on our Grey Cup championship. As an organization, we experienced a lot of success this past season, and I believe 2012 was just the beginning of something special. Senator Braley and Chris Rudge have done an outstanding job laying a strong foundation and creating continuity within this franchise, on both the football and business operations side. We have the right coaches and staff in place to continue to build on our early achievements and ensure our fans will be proud of this team for many years to come."

Before the start of the 2012 season, Barker continued to refine the roster by bringing CFL All-Star's DT Armond Armstead and DB Pat Watkins, along with impactful players such asWR Dontrelle Inman and the prolific linebacker duo of LB Brandon Isaac and Argos 2012 Outstanding Defensive Player, LB Marcus Ball to the Argonauts.

Barker returned to the Toronto Argonauts as head coach in 2010, for the second time including 1999, and transformed a team that had won seven games in two years and led them back to the playoffs with 10 wins, including a berth in the 2010 Eastern Division Final. He was named CFL Coach of the Year for his efforts. He accepted the role of Head Coach & General Manager before the 2011 season and, following that year, he hired Scott Milanovich as the Club's 42nd head coach.


Anonymous said...

Barker better thank Eric Tillman every day for giving him Ricky Ray, the most significant factor in the Argo's 2012 success.

Anonymous said...

And so goes the stupidest conspiracy theory in the history of sport. Surprise. Eric Tillman isn't replacing the GM that just won a Grey Cup.

Cap said...

I met Jim at the Grey Cup this past November and what a great guy He chatted to me and my wife for over a half hour. I think he wanted to keep chatting but we had to go. Congrats on the extension.

Anonymous said...

Eric Tillman is to thank for this news !

Anonymous said...

Eric Tillman didn't hire Milanovich or Chris Jones and he could have. Jim Barker has been an underated personnel guy for many years. Glad to see he is finally getting his due. Ricky Ray needed Receivers to get the ball to, and Barker had the guts to cut the leading Rusher when everyone thought he was an idiot.

Two years and he made the Argos are Champions. Maybe the Riders will figure it out this year.