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Toronto Argonauts Re-Sign RB Andrew Harris For One Final Ride In The CFL

The Toronto Argonauts have agreed to terms on a new one-year deal with future Hall of Fame RB Andrew Harris. The record-breaking Canadian running back has told TSN’s Farhan Lalji that this will be his final season in the Canadian Football League.

Toronto Argonauts Re-Up With All-Time CFL Great RB Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris’s one year in with the Grey Cup Champion Argonauts was so nice that he’s going to try to win it all with Toronto twice before hanging up his cleats for good. The now four-time Grey Cup Champion has won the CFL championship three seasons in a row, and he’ll be shooting for a fourth straight with Double Blue in 2023.

Harris, the league’s all-time leading rusher by a Canadian running back, has over 10,000 yards rushing in his legendary CFL career.

The soon-to-be 36-year-old native of Winnipeg is a two-time Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian (2011, 2019), a five-time CFL All-Star, Most Outstanding Canadian in 2017, and was named Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in 2019.

Andrew Harris signed with the Toronto Argonauts almost exactly a year ago, on February 8th, 2022.

In his first season with the Argos, the six-time Division All-Star ran the ball 114 times for 490 yards while hauling in 23 catches for 180 yards. He earned CFL Top Performer in Week 7, slaying his former nemesis Saskatchewan with over 140 total yards.

After missing the second half of the regular season due to a season-threatening torn pec injury, Harris returned for the playoffs and helped the Argos deny a three-peat by his old team Winnipeg by defeating the Blue Bombers in Grey Cup 109.

During his time sidelined with an injury, Harris became a defacto assistant coach for Ryan Dinwiddie in 2022. He remained with the team during practices, meetings and was on the sidelines mentoring players. A potential career in coaching potentially awaits Harris, but for now, he is back with the Argos looking to hoist another trophy yet again.

The return of Andrew Harris and Toronto’s latest acquisitions from other teams has created uncertainty with some of the team’s most prominent pending free agents. In the case of Harris, his return could signal the end of what was a fantastic playoff duo with burgeoning star RB A.J. Oullette. It’s possible that the hot commodity Ouellette seeks greener pastures elsewhere.

Toronto Argonauts Free Agency Update/Tracker

The Boatmen have been the busiest team in CFL free agency. And the official signing period hasn’t even started yet.

In case you missed it, in the last couple of days, the Argonauts have traded their 2023 first-round pick, ninth overall, to the Lions for star national linebacker Jordan Williams. And the Argos have reportedly struck a massive deal with soon-to-be former Stampeders edge rusher Folin Orimolade. The two-year pact is expected to make Orimolade the highest-paid CFL DE at nearly 250k per season.

On top of those two significant acquisitions, The Argonauts continue to keep its championship core intact.

Thanks to the stellar work of General Manager Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, Vince Magri, and a terrific support staff. Half of the 26 Argonauts who were set to hit the open market in free agency have re-signed with the team.

Arguably, their most significant re-signing came with Canadian Superstar WR Kurleigh Gittens. Sources indicate that Toronto’s 2019 third-round selection got a three-year deal that will average 208k per season.

QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson is still the most significant fish for the Boatmen to reel back in. All indications are that he will return for another season in Toronto. However, the latest moves at RB and the other side of the ball suggest that some big names from the Argos championship squad could have played their final games in Double Blue.

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

ARGONAUTS UPDATED LIST OF 2023 PENDING FREE AGENTS

PLAYERA/N/GPOSCOLLEGESTATUS
AMBLES MarkeithAWRHouston
AMOS DaShaunADBEast CarolinaRe-Signed 2/5/23
BEDE BorisAKLavalRe-Signed 2/4/2023
BETHEL-THOMPSON McLeodAQBSacramento State
BLAKE PhilipNOLBaylor
BRESCACIN JuwanNWRNorthern Iowa
CAGE IsiahALBCarletonExtended 12/09/22
CALVER BrandonNFB/LBMcMasterExtended 12/28/22
DANIEL RobertsonADBBrigham YoungExtended 01/19/23
DANIELS DaVarisAWRNotre DameExtended 2/5/23
DAVIS Ja’GaredADLSouthern Methodist
EDWARDS ChrisALBIdaho
FOOTE FabionNDLMcMaster
GITTENS JR. KurleighNWRWilfrid LaurierRe-Signed 2/3/23
HARRIS AndrewNRBNanaimo Raiders Jr.Re-Signed 2/10/23
LATOUR MaximeNLSSherbrookeExtended 12/6/22
LAWRENCE  JustinNOLAlberta
MCMANIS WyntonALBMemphisRe-Signed 2/4/23
METCHIE RoyceNDBGuelphRe-Signed 2/3/23
MUAMBA HenocNLBSt. Francis Xavier
OUELLETTE A.J.ARBOhio
RAY ShaneADLMissouri
RICHARDSON ShaquilleALBArizona
ROGERS EricAWRCalifornia Lutheran
SMITH RobbieNDLWilfrid LaurierExtended 01/27/23
TATE TrevonAOLMemphisExtended 12/09/22

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