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Argos Announce Two Additional Signings On Opening Day Of Free Agency, Canadian FB Mario Villamizar And DL Thomas Costigan

On the heels of announcing the signings of DE Folarin Orimolade and LB/DB Adarius Pickett. The Argos have also announced the additions of Canadian FB Mario Villamizar and American DT Thomas Costigan.

Argos Make Two More Free Agency Additions

The fullback position is definitely a need for Toronto, with longtime Argos player Declan Cross announcing his retirement after winning the Grey Cup in 2022. His second in Double Blue. The Argonauts have previously re-signed LB/FB Brandon Calver. But the now former B.C. Lion, Mario Villamizar helps provide Toronto with more depth at the position. The 6’3, 237lb Ontario native and Wilfred Laurier product was originally a fifth-round selection by B.C. in 2019. The 27-year-old has been a regular fixture on special teams for the Leos, playing in 40 games over three seasons.

DE Thomas Costigan comes over from Montreal by way originally of the Edmonton Elks. The former Bryant University grad, same school as Argos rookie RB/special teams standout Daniel Adeboboye, could surely contribute to Mickey Donovan’s unit in 2023. However, The 6’3, 245lb Costigan has also had quality production in Canada as a defensive lineman the last two seasons. In 2022, he netted four sacks, 17 tackles, and two forced fumbles. The year prior in Edmonton, he had six sacks in eleven games.

The Boatmen are definitely looking to upgrade their pass rush productivity. And that’s evidenced by this signing and the big-ticket acquisition of Folarin Oriomolade.


TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced today the team has signed American DL Thomas Costigan and Canadian FB Mario Villamizar.

Costigan, 25, played 11 games with Edmonton last season before a late August trade sent him to Montreal for the remaining seven games, and between the two teams tallied 17 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles. The 6’3, 245lb lineman from Bryant University played 11 games for the Elks in 2021 and added 24 defensive tackles and six sacks.

Villamizar, 27, was drafted in the sixth round (51st overall) by the B.C. Lions in the 2019 CFL Draft and has played 40 games for the club over three seasons. The 6’3, 237lb fullback from St. Catharine’s, Ontario, attended Wilfrid Laurier University (2014-2018) and was a member of the 2016 Yates Cup champions and a Second-Team OUA All-Star in 2018.

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