The Argos are signing free-agent defensive back DaShaun Amos. The 2019 CFL West All-Star joins former Calgary teammates Royce Metchie, Wynton McManis, Ja’Gared Davis, Justin Lawrence, and others in Toronto. Amos reunites as well with new Argos’ defensive coordinator Corey Mace and defensive backs coach Joshua Bell.
To quote famous record producer DJ Khaled. “Another One.” Since 2020 and the hiring of eventual 2021 CFL coach of the year candidate Ryan Dinwiddie, the Argonauts have been very active in adding former Stampeder coaches and players.
Argos Land ‘Famous’ Amos
The 6’1 188 pound DB, and 27-year old Virginia native, DaShaun Amos has played three seasons in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders. He initially signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina in 2017. Before making his way up north to play for the Stamps a year later. Amos would crack Calgary’s starting lineup late in the 2018 season. But it wasn’t until the 2019 season that DaShaun Amos would make his presence felt.
In 2019, in his first entire season with Calgary, Amos started 17 regular-season games, tallied 42 defensive tackles, and recorded five interceptions and a touchdown. The star turn for Amos made him a CFL West All-Star. And it ultimately led to another shot in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers in 2020. He didn’t make the Packers roster and had a brief detour in the Spring League, where he was a teammate of McLeod Bethel-Thompson with the Aviators. Before ending up back with the Stampeders last season.
But in 2021, despite playing at an elite level for the Stamps at corner and halfback, Amos’s overall production was slightly down from 2019, and he took a backseat to All-Star Tre Roberson, who returned to the CFL late last season. Amos handled the demotion with grace showing great character. But there’s no doubt that in Toronto, he wants to prove that he can reclaim his All-Star form from 2019.
The Argos are banking on it. Amos joins a very talented and deep young defensive backfield in the Six, including Jamal Peters, Crezdon Butler, Treston Decoud, Jalen Collins, Royce Metchie, Arjen Colquhoun, Jeff Richards, elite CFL DB Shaq Richardson and the recently re-signed Robertson Daniel; the last two are also former Stampeders. If the recent trend continues, the CFL might institute a special Stampeders cap for Toronto. Or Double Blue might have to incorporate an alternate uniform that features a shade of red.
All jokes aside, the Argos have put together a very deep roster with several homegrown and national players like Peter Nicastro and Kuleigh Gittens to go along with excellent American imports like Shawn Oakman and DJ Foster. Thanks to people in their front office like Director of Scouting Vince Magri.
It’s only natural that the architects of Toronto’s offence and defence would reach into their very recent past to bring in additional players they are familiar with. Signing Stampeders from their superb teams is not a bad play by the Boatmen.
Judging by how DaShaun Amos said goodbye to his now-former team in Calgary. Toronto got themselves not only an elite player but also an elite person.
ARGOS SIGN 2019 WEST DIVISION ALL-STAR DB DaSHAUN AMOS
TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Team announced today they have signed American DB DaShaun Amos.
Amos, 27, played 13 games for the Calgary Stampeders in 2021 tallying 27 defensive tackles, five special teams tackles, and one forced fumble in 13 games. The 6’0, 188lb defensive back joined the Stamps in 2018 and spent three seasons with the West Division club, totaling 79 defensive tackles, six special teams tackles, five interceptions, one forced fumble, and one touchdown in 32 career games. The product of East Carolina University was a West All-Star in 2019 after posting 42 defensive tackles and five interceptions and was a member of the 2018 Grey Cup champions. Amos also spent time with the New York Giants in 2017 and Green Bay Packers in 2020.