Toronto Argonauts defence taking shape ahead of CFL free agency

Luke Tasker #17 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is tackled by Jermaine Gabriel #5 of the Toronto Argonauts. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Luke Tasker #17 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is tackled by Jermaine Gabriel #5 of the Toronto Argonauts. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Argonauts continue to fill out their roster ahead of free agency, with key parts of their defence returning for the 2019 season.

With only days before CFL free agency opens, the Toronto Argonauts have been busy pushing towards getting key parts of their roster back for next season.

On Friday, the team announced that they re-signed defensive back Aldon Darby and fullback Simon Gingras Gagnon, as well as defensive back Jermaine Gabriel and linebacker Terrance Plummer.

Seeing the players being brought back from last season including; Bear Woods, Abdul Kanneh, Robert Woodson, Akeem Jordan, Quadarius Ford and Matt Webster, it appears management wants to give this core another shot. It makes sense considering Corey Chamblin is back and in charge of the defence now and there were a lot of injuries which depleted this group last season.

A few questions that still need to be addressed before Tuesday include if Marcus Ball will be back as he is a pending free agent, what will the defensive line look like and are players like Dylan Wynn, Justin Tuggle, Ronnie Yell and Jeff Knox Jr. priorities?

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All eyes will be on the quarterback carousel with Mike Reilly, Trevor Harris, Bo Levi Mitchell and many others getting most of the attention from teams. Whether or not that will be the priority for the Argos remains to be seen considering they still have James Franklin and McLeod Bethel-Thompson, but expect them to review any option to get them back to the playoffs.

Another factor to consider is the Alliance of American Football, the new league south of the border, which is starting soon and taking some potential free agents away from the CFL. If the Argos aren’t quick to get players signed, there is now another option for Americans to go to.

Over the coming days, we will have a preview for free agency and what should be of interest to the Argos. As Frank Ziccarelli of the Toronto Sun reports, the team is looking to attract some of the big names, but there are some obvious holes that need to be filled especially on the offensive side of the ball and on the defensive line.

Fortunately, they have started to fill in the roster, but Feb. 12 could be an interesting one when it comes to which big names are at the top of the list for the Argos.

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