The Argos continue to bring back some of their very best players from their Eastern Division Championship team last season. On Monday, Toronto announced the re-signing of All-Star Kicker/Punter Boris Bede and WR DaVaris Daniels. Two very significant moves as CFL free agency rapidly approaches next month.
Argos Bringing Back Boris Bede & DaVaris Daniels
Words can’t do justice to how important Boris Bede was to Toronto’s turnaround from a four-win campaign two seasons ago to the Argos playoff run this past year.
In a season where the Argos encountered so much turnover and injuries. Boris Bede had a MOP-like performance for Toronto. Bailing out Double Blue on multiple occasions in closely contested games. The Laval product, who should have National status by now in Canada, was often the Argos’ best weapon on game days. Not only because of his stellar and clutch field goal kicking but also in helping flip field position as one of the CFL’s best kickoff specialists and punters.
The Argos front office hit a home-run trading for Bede from Montreal after the 2019 season. The All-Star Bede had three games last year with at least five field goals and nearly kicked the Boatmen to a Grey Cup with six field goals in the Eastern Final.
In a shortened season, Bede connected on six field goals over 50 plus yards, two off the all-time CFL record, including a game-winning 51-yard kick at the final gun in Hamilton on Thanksgiving.
The aforementioned game-winner was one of the best special teams plays in all of football on any level in 2021. As Boris Bede paid tribute to injured long snapper Jake Reinhart by holding up his number after nailing the clutch kick.
This re-signing by Toronto is very significant. The Argos’ couldn’t come back in 2022 without Boris Bede.
DaVaris Daniels was a constant in the Argos passing attack last season. In a year where other standouts like Eric Rogers and Juwan Brescasin were missing in action due to injuries. Daniels like Bede came through in the clutch on several occasions during the 2021 campaign. The Boatmen bringing back Daniels is extremely important with the uncertainty attached to who will be playing QB next year and the changes to the Argos coaching staff.
To that end, as reported by the Calgary Sun’s Danny Austin, it looks like another Calgary Stampeders reunion is in the cards for Argos head coach Ryan Dinwiddie. It appears that former Stamps and 2021 Grey-Cup champion Bombers WR coach Pete Costanza is headed to the Six. Although, the team hasn’t made the hiring official yet. It’s worth noting that there is an opening at offensive coordinator on the Boatmen’s staff created the departure by Jarious Jackson, who left to join Chris Jones in Edmonton. Also, an opening at WR coach, with Markus Howell joining the Elks.
Costanza is one of the CFL’s best position coaches, a multiple-time Grey Cup winner, and he not only has a history with Dinwiddie but also DaVaris Daniels and pending Argo free agents, Juwan Brescasin, Josh Huff, and Eric Rogers.
On the heels of the excellent addition of Corey Mace as Toronto’s new defensive coordinator. The hiring of Costanza would certainly aid Ryan Dinwiddie and the Argonauts passing game.
Both Boris Bede and DaVaris Daniels provided some of the top highlights and moments from the Argos 2021 season. You can check that out in the great video below produced by Xs and Argos.
The Argos front office is working rapidly to whittle down the list of pending free agents before February 8th.
As it stands at this moment. Toronto has 21 pending free agents. Most notably, players like QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Eric Rogers, and LB Henoc Muamba among others.
You can check out the up-to-date offseason tracker below. As well as the Argos’ press release on today’s key re-signings.
Toronto Offseason Tracker
2022 FREE AGENTS
|BEDE, Boris||A||K||Laval||Re-Signed 1/17/22|
|BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod||A||QB||Sacramento State|
|BLADEK, Dariusz||N||OL||Bethune-Cookman||Extended 12/23/21|
|BOATENG, Matthew||N||DB||Fresno State|
|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||Re-Signed 1/17/22|
|GLENN, Cameron||A||DB||Wake Forest||Re-Signed 1/13/22|
|LAW, Cordarro||A||DL||Southern Mississippi|
|MCCOIL SR., Dexter||A||LB||Tulsa||Retired-1/17/22|
|MUAMBA, Henoc||N||LB||St. Francis Xavier|
|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) are 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|
ARGOS LOCK UP ALL-STAR K/P BEDE AND WR DANIELS
TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced today they have re-signed 2021 East All-Star K/P Boris Bede and former Most Outstanding Rookie WR DaVaris Daniels.
Bede, 32, had a sensational first season in Toronto in 2021, making 28-of-33 field goals (85%), including six from 50+ yards, three better than any other kicker in the league, and two off the all-time record and was named an East All-Star for the second time. The CFL’s all-time leader in kickoff average once again led the league in that category with an average of 67.4, including one 95 yard boot. The Laval product had three games last season with at least five field goals made, including kicking six in the Eastern Final. Bede was the Boatmen’s 2021 nominee for Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. The six-year CFL veteran spent the first five seasons of his career in Montreal (2015-2019), where he was named an East All-Star in 2015.
Daniels, 29, caught 51 passes for 597 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games in 2021, his first year with the Argos. The five-year CFL veteran finished second on the Argos in receptions, third in yards, and tied for first in touchdown catches. The Notre Dame grad who signed with Toronto as a free agent in February of 2020 played his first four seasons in Calgary, where he would tally 202 receptions for 3,113 yards and 22 touchdowns while helping Calgary win the Grey Cup in 2018 and winning the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie award in 2016.