May 8, 2019

Report: Ricky Ray expected to announce retirement today

Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts have informed media that quarterback Ricky Ray will hold a conference call Wednesday this afternoon to discuss his future in the CFL.

According to Dan Ralph of the The Canadian Press, the future hall of famer will officially announce his retirement.

Ray has been contemplating his future since suffering a season-ending injury in Week 2 of the 2018 season. Ray was injured in the second game of the season when he was sandwiched between two Calgary Stampeders defenders, sustaining a serious neck injury on the play that required him to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Later in the season he was spotted with a neck brace, which has since been removed as his recovery continues.

Should Ray, who is currently a free agent, decide to continue his career in Toronto it is unsure where he will stand on the Argonauts’ depth chart.  In February, general manager Jim Popp stated that the club would enter the year with James Franklin as their starting quarterback.

“Moving into this season [Franklin] is set up to be our number one guy,” Popp said on the second day of free agency. “One year ago, when free agency was about to start, we got the hottest guy that everybody wanted in Franklin,” Popp said.

Ray, 39, has played 16 seasons in the CFL, winning four Grey Cups. He has 60,736 passing yards, good for fourth all-time in CFL history. He’s made 4,976 of 7,301 passes and has 324 career touchdowns.

More to come …