Boatmen cut bait after giving Bourke a boatload in free agency

The Toronto Argonauts have released Canadian offensive lineman Josh Bourke.

The Argos inked Bourke a two-year deal worth over $200,000 per season – including a $75,000 signing bonus – on the opening day of free agency last February.

But Bourke, a two-time all-star and CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2011, playing in just 10 games last season before being added to the six-game injured list with an undisclosed injury (a move that many saw as a cap saving measure.) Consensus around the league was that Bourke’s play had declined considerably.

Bourke – a noted Hamilton enthusiast – was just one of several free agent signings that went awry for general manager Jim Barker. Canadian defensive tackle Brian Bulcke retired after playing in just one game while linebacker Keon Raymond was released in August, one game before the remainder of his contract would have become guaranteed for the remainder of 2016.

Bourke’s best years came as an Alouette, where he played nine seasons and was widely considered one of the best Canadian offensive lineman in the game. But it remains to be seen whether another team will take a chance on a 34-year-old coming off the worst year of his professional career.

 

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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9 Comments on Boatmen cut bait after giving Bourke a boatload in free agency

  1. i think Bourke will sign with the riders

  2. Terry Baxter // January 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm //

    Hmmmm. Would be a sneaky good move if the cats signed him to an incentive based contract. He may have something left in the tank.

    • Marc Lebut // January 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm //

      What kind of incentives do you want to base the contract on for a LT? Sacks allowed?

      • Marc Lebut // January 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm //

        … and sacks allowed aren’t all on him either…

      • Terry Baxter // January 11, 2017 at 10:10 am //

        Hmmmmm…..lets see…. How about something really radical like incentive based contract based upon number of games played. Probably a little complicated for Marc to grasp but there it is

  3. Terry Baxter // January 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm //

    Just clicked on link re Bourke being a Hamilton enthusiast. Love his comments re a rejuvenated fan base etc and GC at BMO Field. How did that work out??? Argos are likely going to be the next franchise to go followed by the lions. Just sayin’….

  4. Marc Lebut // January 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm //

    Bourke has slowed down, but he only had ONE bad season in all his career. He may be a good fit in Montréal again, if the salary is right. I’d give him a one year contract.

  5. He’s not worth big money anymore. Back-up material is my guess

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