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The Argonauts Strike Again, Re-Signing All-Star LB Wynton McManis

Make that four major re-signings in the last 24 hours by the Argonauts. All-Star linebacker Wynton McManis will be back in double blue for the 2023 season. Toronto announced their latest signing of the pending free agent on Saturday afternoon. A day before, prospective free agents can openly negotiate with all CFL teams in the negotiation window.

In the last day, the Argos have re-signed superstar WR Kurleigh Gittens to a three-year contract, starting Safety Royce Metchie to a two-year pact, and kicker Boris Bede is back for another season in the Six.

2022 CFL Defensive Player Of The Year Candidate Returns To The Argonauts

The latest re-signing of Wynton McManis is a significant one for the Boatmen’s defence. The Memphis alum and grad had a breakthrough campaign in the CFL last season. In what ended up being one of the best signings by any team in free agency a year ago. The Argonauts’ entire management team, with defensive coordinator Corey Mace on hand, made a full-court press to recruit McManis back to Canada from the NFL. And the all-out play paid serious dividends for both sides.

McManis was the Grey Cup Champion’s nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2022. A late-season injury may have curtailed that nod. But there’s no denying the value McManis brought and will bring to Toronto’s defence.

And then there were 16. The Toronto Argonauts started with 26 pending free agents. The list of pending Argos’ free agents has been whittled down quickly, thanks to the stellar work of General Manager Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons and his terrific support staff.

The remaining Argos free agents are as follows: For those keeping score at home.

QB: McLeod Bethel Thompson, RB: A.J. Ouellette, RB: Andrew Harris, WR: DaVaris Daniels, WR: Eric Rogers, WR: Juwan Brescasin, WR: Markeith Ambles, OL: Philip Blake, OL: Justin Lawrence, DE: JaGared Davis, DE: Shane Ray, DT: Fabion Foote, LB: Chris Edwards, LB: Henoc Muamba, DB: DaShaun Amos, and DB: Shaq Richardson.

Don’t blink; there could be more moves on the way.


TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced today that the team had re-signed American LB Wynton McManis through 2023.

McManis, 28, joined the Argos via free agency last February and had an outstanding first season in Toronto, being nominated as a CFL All-Star for the first time while amassing 88 defensive tackles, seven special teams tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, including one for a touchdown. One forced fumble in only 14 games after a knee injury cut his regular-season short. The Memphis native’s 88 tackles ranked sixth in the league and were a career-high, as were his three sacks and two picks. McManis was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player. The four-year CFL veteran has compiled 192 defensive tackles, 48 special teams tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and one interception in 57 regular season games between Calgary (2017-2019) and Toronto.


AMBLES MarkeithAWRHouston
AMOS DaShaunADBEast Carolina
BEDE BorisAKLavalRe-Signed 2/4/2023
BLAKE PhilipNOLBaylor
BRESCACIN JuwanNWRNorthern Iowa
CAGE IsiahALBCarletonExtended 12/09/22
CALVER BrandonNFB/LBMcMasterExtended 12/28/22
DANIEL RobertsonADBBrigham YoungExtended 01/19/23
DANIELS DaVarisAWRNotre Dame
DAVIS Ja’GaredADLSouthern Methodist
FOOTE FabionNDLMcMaster
GITTENS JR. KurleighNWRWilfrid LaurierRe-Signed 2/3/23
HARRIS AndrewNRBNanaimo Raiders Jr.
LATOUR MaximeNLSSherbrookeExtended 12/6/22
LAWRENCE  JustinNOLAlberta
MCMANIS WyntonALBMemphisRe-Signed 2/4/23
METCHIE RoyceNDBGuelphRe-Signed 2/3/23
MUAMBA HenocNLBSt. Francis Xavier
RAY ShaneADLMissouri
RICHARDSON ShaquilleALBArizona
ROGERS EricAWRCalifornia Lutheran
SMITH RobbieNDLWilfrid LaurierExtended 01/27/23
TATE TrevonAOLMemphisExtended 12/09/22

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