The reigning CFL Champion Argos are bringing back a Grey Cup champion from their past in WR Dontrelle Inman. The 34-year-old veteran wideout is back with Double Blue after a seven-year stint in the NFL. An opportunity that came as a result of his starring turn in the CFL with Toronto in 2012 & 2013.
The Argonauts also announced on Tuesday that the team had granted the release of DE Ali Fayad. The former MAC defensive player of the year showed promise in his rookie CFL campaign last year.
Fayad, the Detroit native, is looking to return home to pursue pro-playing opportunities, and Toronto has granted his request and released him from his contract. The six-two, 250-pound edge rusher signed briefly with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022 as an undrafted free agent.
Will Fayad get another shot in the NFL? Perhaps join the USFL, as McLeod Bethel-Thompson did? Or will he quickly leap into XFL action as CFL starters Darnell Sankey, Kam Kelly, and Colin Kelly have?
Fayad dressed in four games with the Argonauts in 2022 and recorded four defensive tackles, one special team tackle, and one sack. He made one start at defensive end.
Inman is back in the CFL.
Inman, the 6’3, 205lb wideout, became a star in Toronto over a decade ago. His starring turn in the CFL led to a lengthy NFL career. Dontrelle Inman, an undrafted free agent out of Virginia, had a cup of coffee with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. Before he came to the Six, and played two seasons for the Argonauts, netting 100 receptions, 1,542 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
After the 2013 season, Toronto released Inman to pursue NFL opportunities. He would land with the Chargers and play four seasons for them before spending time with the Bears, Colts, Patriots, and Chargers again. Inman’s last stint in the NFL was with the Washington Football Team in 2020. During his NFL run, Inman had 188 receptions for 2,445 yards and 13 scores.
Inman’s journey back to the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts is poetic justice. And perhaps a fitting swan song to his pro-playing journey. How Inman will fit into the Argonauts’ receiving corps remains to be seen. But one thing’s for sure. There won’t be the same learning curve this time around.
ARGOS BRING BACK 2012 GREY CUP CHAMPION WR DONTRELLE INMAN
TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced today the signing of American WR Dontrelle Inman.
Inman, 34, returns to Toronto 10 years after last suiting up in Double Blue. The 6’3, 205lb receiver signed with Toronto in 2012, caught 50 passes for 803 yards and five touchdowns, and helped the Argos win the 2012 Grey Cup on home soil at SkyDome, catching five passes for 43 yards and a score. The following season, Inman hauled in 50 more passes for 739 yards and six more majors before being released to pursue NFL opportunities. The South Carolina native spent the last seven years in the NFL with Washington, Los Angeles (Chargers, twice), Indianapolis (twice), Chicago, and the San Diego Chargers. The Virginia alum’s best season came in 2016 when he caught 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns for the then-San Diego Chargers. Over the course of his seven NFL seasons, Inman played 75 games and caught 188 passes for 2,445 yards and 13 touchdowns.
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