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Friday, March 31, 2017


TORONTO - Ricky Foley was released by the Toronto Argonauts on Friday, with the veteran defensive end getting the news in a text message from a front-office official.

"Released via text message by the assistant GM ...Way to keep it classy #Argos,'' Foley tweeted.

The move comes a day before Foley was reportedly due a roster bonus. A league source also said the Toronto club had asked Foley to restructure his contract.

The Argos made the move official in a statement after Foley took to social media to release the news.

The team confirmed that Foley was informed of his release in a text message. However, they added they tried multiple times to reach him via telephone Thursday evening but Foley never returned any of the messages.

The Argos also said they reached Foley's agent, Johnathon Hardaway, via telephone Thursday night and informed him of their intention to release Foley.

In February, veteran slotback Andre Durie tweeted he was no longer playing for Toronto after 10 seasons with the club. Durie declined to elaborate, but the move fuelled speculation of a falling out between the organization and one of its most popular players at a time when it was without a GM and head coach after Jim Barker was fired and Scott Milanovich resigned to become an assistant coach with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

That left assistant GM Spencer Zimmerman in charge of football operations until Jim Popp was hired as GM on Feb. 28.

The six-foot-two, 258-pound Foley was in his second stint with Toronto. The veteran defensive end joined the Argos in 2010 and remained through the 2012 season before spending the 2013 ad 2014 campaigns with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Foley rejoined the Argos in 2015. The 34-year-old native of Courtice, Ont., played in 76 career regular-season games and five playoff contests with Toronto, registering 184 tackles, 20 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

He was named the top Canadian in Toronto's 35-22 win over Calgary in the 100th Grey Cup game at Rogers Centre in 2012. A three-time CFL champion, Foley was the league's top Canadian in 2009 while with the B.C. Lions.

The Lions selected Foley in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2006 CFL draft out of York University.

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

notified by a text from Assistant GM classless move from the Argos especially for a proven veteran...SMH Argos

Lewis Grant said...

Sign this man! Make it happen, Jones!

This guy only played two years for us, but he is one of my favourite Riders ever. He loved it here. He said he would have come here way sooner if he had known how good it was. He was truly crushed when we traded him away - though he was going to his hometown team. He's a great leader. And we can use Canadians.

Bring him back!

Anonymous said...

Released by text message, such an impersonal move by the Argos. Come back to Sakatchewan Ricky.

Anonymous said...

Ricky would be a great fit in Montreal, lots of old-timers on their roster - him and Bowman would be a force for sure!

Anonymous said...

He had a bonus coming tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Ricky! You will and are welcomed back any time!

Anonymous said...

More out of touch Rider fans.

Foley hated playing for Jones is 2012 because of the way the defense is designed. Foley and Lemon are a lot alike they say all the right things but ultimately are selfish.

So, bring in Foley and cut Willie Jefferson or a 24 year old Newsome. Could call. More fans for gm's!

Anonymous said...

Some people are clueless and stuck in the past

3RD and 1 said...

As much as Foley played well and was a leader when he was here. The last couple years Ricky has been playing on his birth Certificate. When Ricky could still play at a decent level. Chamblin had Hall coming back from the NFL so he traded Foley away for a player that was well known for being injury prone. Good trade ... the Riders got less than 1 game out of Shay Emery. Same game Durant went down after an 8-1 start. That game was the beginning of the end for Chamblin.
Looks like Chamblin wanted that memory cut out of his Toronto Defence.
I have no doubt someone will sign Ricky and he will play 1 more season. I just hope it's not in SK. We are so deep into this rebuild. Let's stay the course.

Chris said...

According to Gary Lawless he was cut via text because he refused to pick up the phone when the Argos called. They called his agent and were told that Foley didn't want to talk to them. So don't buy into the "classless Argos" crap.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Glenn and Vince Young - the future is so bright, I gotta wear shades.

Anonymous said...

Rider fans and their comments. Hilarious!

Anonymous said...

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Moose Jaw loses Friday at home to Swift Current!

Anonymous said...

Pats vs Swift in round two. Book it.

Poor Moose Jaw. At least u got your mineral spa to relax your nerves

Anonymous said...

Rempel tweets papriny stood on his head. Come on man. Sawchenko was lights out.
Should of been 4-0 after 1. Swift sat back after 30. Why not? All there shots were from the outside.

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