On the eve of CFL Free Agency. The Argos continue to lock up their best players, and the latest player re-signing with Toronto is WR Juwan Brescasin.
Since the offseason started, the Argos have brought back many of their top starters from last year’s Eastern Division championship team. Juwan Brescasin joins the growing list of key veterans returning on offence. From QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson to offensive linemen Darius Bladek and Shane Richards to fellow wide receiver DaVaris Daniels.
Juwan Brescasin, a Mississauga native, is one of the most well-liked and respected players in the CFL. A year ago, injuries limited him to only five games played. Brescasin is one of the league’s most physical receivers when on the field. The 6’2 227 pound pass catcher was one of head coach Ryan Dinwiddie’s priority signings when he arrived in the Six from Calgary. Brescasin’s knowledge of Dinwiddie’s system and leadership in the locker room is a great asset for the Boatmen.
If Brescasin can stay healthy, he can make a more significant on the field next season. Juwan, a mental health advocate, has already made a strong impact off the field.
Argos Free Agency Eve News And Rumors
With free agency approaching on Tuesday. There have been several players linked to Toronto in recent weeks.
Calgary East is a running joke that even the Argos social media team has been sharing lately. After the trade acquisition and signing of emerging star DB Royce Metchie from Calgary. People are starting to connect the dots and contemplate which other former Stamps could be joining head coach Ryan Dinwiddie and newly minted defensive coordinator Corey Mace in Toronto.
Two Stampeders who appear to be on Double Blue’s radar are offensive linemen Justin Lawrence and All-Star pass rusher Ja’Gared Davis. Both players have been linked to the Boatmen.
The 25-year-old Justin Lawrence is a versatile depth piece who can play at centre or guard. Lawrence was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 CFL Draft out of Alberta. He’s played in 31 career CFL games, making 12 starts over the past two seasons.
The Argos have six of their top linemen back from 2021. But a year ago, injuries forced the Boatmen to reshuffle the deck consistently.
Ja’Gared Davis is arguably the top remaining free agent left on the market. The legal tampering window officially closed this weekend. And since its start, Davis has been linked to Toronto. But as of press time, no word has been made official on an imminent signing. At the final hour of free agency, things can change overnight.
Although it’s believed that the Argos have presented Davis with a substantial to leave the rival Ti-Cats and jump onto the Boatmen’s ship, the offer is believed to be in the 200-250k range. If Davis agrees to a deal, It would be a massive get for Toronto, which must bolster its pass rush.
Davis, even at the later stages of his career, is an absolute game wrecker who single-handedly disrupted Toronto’s chances of competing for a Grey Cup last December when he registered two sacks and forced a key pass breakup in the end zone in Hamilton’s victory over Toronto in the East Final.
If Davis does join the Argos, he will be reuniting with his former Stamps coach and current Argos DC Corey Mace.
Below is the updated Argos Offseason tracker, complete with all the latest moves made by Toronto and the press release by the football club on the announcement of Juwan Brescasin’s re-signing.
Updated Toronto Argonauts 2022 Offseason Tracker 2/7/22
TORONTO ARGONAUTS 2022 FREE AGENTS
|BEDE, Boris||A||K||Laval||Extended 1/17/22|
|BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod||A||QB||Sacramento State||Extended 1/31/22|
|BLADEK, Dariusz||N||OL||Bethune-Cookman||Extended 12/23/21|
|BOATENG, Matthew||N||DB||Fresno State||Extended 1/24/22|
|BRESCACIN, Juwan||N||WR||Northern Illinois|
|CHEVRIER, Alexandre||N||LB||Sherbrooke||Extended 12/23/21|
|COLLINS JR., Ricky||A||WR||Texas A&M Commerce|
|DANIEL, Robertson||A||DB||Brigham Young||Extended 1/7/22|
|DANIELS, DaVaris||A||WR||Notre Dame||Extended 1/17/22|
|GLENN, Cameron||A||DB||Wake Forest||Re-signed 1/13/22|
|JUDGE, Cameron||N||LB||UCLA||Traded 2/4/22|
|LAW, Cordarro||A||DL||Southern Mississippi|
|MCCOIL SR., Dexter||A||LB||Tulsa||Retired|
|MUAMBA, Henoc||N||LB||St. Francis Xavier||Extended 1/25/22|
|NEVIS, Drake||A||DL||Louisiana State|
|RICHARDS, Shane||N||OL||Oklahoma State||Extended 12/28/21|
|SMITH, Robbie||N||DL||Wilfrid Laurier||Extended 12/23/21|
|TUGGLE, Justin||A||DL||Kansas State|
Any player not listed above and on the Argos active roster (HERE) is under contract for the 2022 season.
|PHILLIPS, Cam||A||WR||Virginia Tech||Re-signed 12/15/21|
|BAKER, Sam||N||WR||Saskatchewan||Re-signed 12/15/21|
|MCFADDEN, Tarvarus||A||DB||Florida State||Re-signed 12/15/21|
|CARBONE, Joe||N||FB||Windsor||Signed 12/15/21|
|JONES, Tony||A||LB||Texas Tech||Signed 12/15/21|
|HUGHES, Charleston||A||DL||Northwood||Released 12/27/21|
|PUTUTAU, Alani||A||DL||Adams State||Signed 12/31/21|
|EDWARDS, Earnest||A||WR||Maine||Signed 1/7/22|
|AJAYI, SOLOMON||A||LB||Liberty||Signed 1/11/22|
|FOOTE, Fabion||N||DL||McMaster||Re-Signed 1/12/22|
|GLENN, Cam||A||DB||Wake Forrest||Signed 1/13/22|
|SIMMONS, Austin||A||QB||South Dakota||Signed 1/13/22|
|COXIE, Damonte||A||WR||Memphis||Signed 1/24/22|
University of Guelph
BOATMEN RE-SIGN HOMETOWN WR JUWAN BRESCACIN
TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts announced today they have re-signed Canadian WR Juwan Brescacin.
Brescacin, 29, played five games in 2021 due to injury, catching five passes for 44 yards and one touchdown. The Mississauga native joined his hometown Argonauts via free agency in 2020 after spending four seasons in Calgary (2016-2019). The 6’2, 227lb WR would win a Grey Cup championship in 2018 and appear in two others. The 15th overall selection in the 2016 CFL Draft, Brescacin’s best season came in 2018 when he caught 35 balls for 567 yards and three touchdowns. The Northern Illinois product has amassed 1,090 receiving yards on 74 receptions and seven majors for his career.
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