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The Argos Extend Impending Free Agent FB/LB Brandon Calver, Add Another WR

The Argos front office continues to stay busy in the months leading into open free agency. Toronto has extended the contract of impending free-agent FB/LB Brandon Calver while adding another promising WR to the mix in Rhode Island standout Aaron Parker.

The Argos have re-signed four players from their 2022 Grey Cup championship team. OTs Isiah Cage, and Trevon Tate, to go along with LS Maxime Latour.

The extension of Brandon Calver is a key one by Double Blue. Calver not only has special teams value in coverage and in the blocking units. But he also provides added value on both sides of the ball. And with the recent retirement of Declan Cross. Calver, who successfully moonlighted at fullback in 2022, could be first in line to take on Cross’s role.

In the CFL, with limited roster space on game days, veteran players with position versatility are extremely valuable. The Ontario native, Brandon Calver, is a swiss army knife for the Boatmen.

After extending Calver, the Argonauts now have 21 impending free agents set to hit the open market on February 14th.

The Boatmen have added three American imports to their receiver room Monmouth’s Lonnie Moore, BYU’s Aleva Hifo, and Aaron Parker. It’s worth noting that Toronto has five pending free agents who could potentially hit the open market in Kurleigh Gittens Jr., DaVaris Daniels, Juwan Brescasin, Markeith Ambles, and Eric Rogers.

TORONTO ARGONAUTS IMPENDING 2023 FREE AGENTS

PLAYERA/N/GPOSCOLLEGESTATUS
AMBLES MarkeithAWRHouston
AMOS DaShaunADBEast Carolina
BEDE BorisAKLaval
BETHEL-THOMPSON McLeodAQBSacramento State
BLAKE PhilipNOLBaylor
BRESCACIN JuwanNWRNorthern Iowa
CAGE IsiahALBCarletonExtended 12/09/22
CALVER BrandonNRBMcMasterExtended 12/28/22
DANIEL RobertsonADBBrigham Young
DANIELS DaVarisAWRNotre Dame
DAVIS Ja’GaredADLSouthern Methodist
EDWARDS ChrisALBIdaho
FOOTE FabionNDLMcMaster
GITTENS JR. KurleighNWRWilfrid Laurier
HARRIS AndrewNRBNanaimo Raiders Jr.
LATOUR MaximeNLSSherbrookeRe-Signed 12/6/2022
LAWRENCE  JustinNOLAlberta
MCMANIS WyntonALBMemphis
METCHIE RoyceNDBGuelph
MUAMBA HenocNLBSt. Francis Xavier
OUELLETTE A.J.ARBOhio
RAY ShaneADLMissouri
RICHARDSON ShaquilleALBArizona
ROGERS EricAWRCalifornia Lutheran
SMITH RobbieNDLWilfrid Laurier
TATE TrevonAOLMemphisExtended 12/09/22

ARGOS LB/FB BRANDON CALVER SIGNS EXTENSION

TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced today the team has extended Canadian LB/FB Brandon Calver.

Calver, 29, played 17 games for the Boatmen in 2022 and the Eastern Final and Grey Cup, recording six special teams tackles while transitioning from linebacker to fullback halfway through the season. The 6’3, 220lb native of London, Ontario, originally signed with the Argos in August of 2021 where he dressed in six games. The Wilfrid Laurier product signed with Montreal out of school in 2018 and went on to play 22 games for the Alouettes, compiling 13 special teams tackles before splitting time with Ottawa and Winnipeg later in 2019. Calver has logged 51 career games in the CFL and chipped in with 19 special teams tackles and one forced fumble.

ARGOS INK AMERICAN WR AARON PARKER

TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced today the team had signed American WR Aaron Parker.

Parker, 24, signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2020 before a move to Carolina, where he played one game for the Panthers in 2021. The Panthers released the 6’2, 210lb receiver in May of 2022 and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in June. The Maryland native attended the University of Rhode Island (2016-2019), where he played in 44 games, catching 216 passes for 3,443 yards and 30 touchdowns. In his senior season, Parker hauled 81 balls for 1,224 yards and nine touchdowns, leading the CAA in receiving and was named First Team All-Conference in 2018 and 2019.

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