Argos release Canadian star Ricky Foley… via text message

Canadian defensive lineman Ricky Foley has been released by the Argonauts, per sources.

Toronto asked Foley to restructure his contract, which led to him now being a free agent.

Sources within the Argos say the team made multiple attempts to contact Foley by phone and gave him more than 12 hours to respond, without success.

After the 2015 season, Foley took less than he would’ve commanded on the open market to stay in Toronto, inking a deal that would’ve run through the 2018 season. However, that’s now been terminated.

The 34-year-old played 32 games over the past two season for the double blue, recording 69 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. From 2010-2012 Foley suited up for the Argos, including Toronto’s 2012 victory in the 100th Grey Cup where he made four tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble to earn Most Valuable Canadian in that CFL championship game.

Overall, Foley has played for three different CFL teams – Lions, Argos and Riders – during 11 CFL seasons while winning a Grey Cup with each franchise. Eight of those years the York University product played in every single game possible for his team. He’s made 346 career tackles, 60 sacks, 56 special teams tackles, 10 forced fumbles, one interception and scored one touchdown in 182 regular season games. Foley’s best season came on 2009 with BC when he amassed a career-high 12 sacks and won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award.

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39 Comments on Argos release Canadian star Ricky Foley… via text message

  1. Karma from that Lions signing nonsense a few years ago?
    Quite possibly.

  2. Disgraceful on the Argo’s behalf.

    • Have to agree. Couldn’t even phone him to give him the news or ask him to come in to talk in person? Typical Popp move asking players to restructure contracts although he wasn’t responsible for the 2015 contract or extension.

    • Gees, new regime, same old “sucks” mentality!! Guess future stars will be lining up to have that happen to them. May as well of heard it on the radio. How pathetically in-classy!

    • Jeff Hill // March 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm //

      Totally agree Tom! Disgusting to a player who not only gives his all every game but is the main cog in the wheel!!!

  3. I suspect Ricky can still play and will find another team to sign him if he wants. Otherwise, he’ll been in the HoF soon enough. Great Canadian player and teammate.

  4. This dude can still play he won’t be out of work long

  5. Chris Lundy // March 31, 2017 at 11:50 am //

    As a season ticket holder very, very disappointed in the way this was communicated to Mr. Foley. Thought that the New Era of Argos Football was going to change the way they do business. Evidently perception will again be reality. Mr. Popp, I will be looking to chat with you at your BMO field open house in May. See you then!!!

  6. Scott Mooney // March 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm //

    Good for them.

    Foley is a piece of garbage on and off the field. He should feel lucky they even gave him a job when he has sucked his whole career.

    Hopefully this means the end of this losers career.

    • Bob knows. // March 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm //

      Wow…. just wow…

    • It appears the only loser in this comment is the one making it. You be willing to say that to Mr Foley’s face? Didn’t think so.

      • Scott Mooney // March 31, 2017 at 1:08 pm //

        Of course I would be willing to say it to his face.

        Why wouldn’t I?

        • Jeff Hill // March 31, 2017 at 2:58 pm //

          You Must be either a Hamilton or Montreal fan!! Don’t worry, we’re gonna demolish you guys this year anyway!!

          • Scott Mooney // March 31, 2017 at 3:10 pm //

            You would be 100% wrong.

            I am a Stamps fan and your pathetic team won’t be anywhere close to us this year or any of the next 10-20 years either.

          • Way to lump Hamilton fans in this. Die hard Ticat fan and am super upset how Foley was treated. We all have our team loyalties, but show a little class, eh?

          • Joey Jojo Junior Shabadoo // March 31, 2017 at 7:23 pm //

            10-20 years? Possibly the dumbest thing I’ve seen on here in a long time. If you go back 20 years(21 actually), the Argo’s have more titles than Calgary over that time. One delayed offseason is going to set the Argo’s back by 10-20 years? Pull you head out of your ass.

    • Scott Mooney; Your comments speak to your character, or complete lack thereof. Everyone now knows you know nothing about football, or your too miserable to converse with. I’ll not be bothering with reading anymore of your comments.

      • Scott Mooney // March 31, 2017 at 4:47 pm //

        You don’t know me or what I know about football.

        Foley is crap and that is all that matters in this discussion.

  7. Alex Droho // March 31, 2017 at 12:18 pm //

    As they say……..”ARGOS management SUCK”

  8. That’s Popp’s modus operandi. Did that in Montreal. Why should things in Toronto be any different? At the same time why would anyone want to play under Popp when he is constantly screwing players?

    • Marc Lebut // April 6, 2017 at 10:16 am //

      Popp didn’t do that in Montréal unless a player or his agent didn’t answer his calls.

  9. Ricky is one classy player and I will always be thankful he played for the Riders in ’13. I wouldn’t mind if he was given the opportunity to play for the Roughriders again. However, I trust Chris Jones will only get him if he thinks Ricky would be an excellent addition to the team. He is a ratio breaker with heart!

    • stampland // March 31, 2017 at 12:42 pm //

      Personally I think Foley was a good player but a little over rated at times.
      On the surface cutting him via a text is classless but there were probably conversations prior regarding a contract restructuring that he wasn’t willing to play ball on.

  10. I’m not surprised he was cut. Bonus day tomorrow. I’m guessing they had discussions on restructuring and he turned it down and they released him. Not the best way to do things but who knows, maybe he wasn’t answering his phone.

    • Marc Lebut // April 3, 2017 at 9:44 am //

      This is what the article says. They called him, gave a message and he didn’t call back. He was playing possum with Popp as he knew a bonus was due the next day. He got the text message instead.

      Last season hasn’t been so productive for Foley, and with all the locker room trouble that has been going on last season, I can’t say his leadership is productive either. This said, he could have had a better season this year. I’m still surprised as he played for Chamblin and was positive about his hiring. Guess Popp wants room in the salary cap. National starting DEs don’t grow on tres.

  11. the contract was signed in good faith and Toronto should have honored it. If he had a great year would they restructure it to pay him can bet your a** the answer is no. And to do it by a text message from an assistant GM is a disgrace and a black mark on the organization. Just shows how classless the organization is

  12. Foley has been washed up for two years. A big mouth to boot. Not worth what they had to pay him. Regardless, a league veteran deserves a phone call. Whatever.. it’s the Argos… did u expect better?

  13. He call the Argos classy, I remember he agreed to sign with BC after the NFL cut him. Then signed with the Argos instead. Not a classy move at all.

  14. Ron Bates // March 31, 2017 at 3:17 pm //

    Ricky is a 34 year old DL and flipping the bird gets most people silent treatment in this case the Argos have left messages and a need to return the calls. Well if he was 47 and dedicated 27 years to a company that might give him time to explain but not much. Restructures pinch but that’s true in real life for all. Ricky’s flip he bird tweet was not classy!

  15. Story says they called but he did not answer. If the bonus deadline was april 1 … What choice did they have? Sounds like Foley was playing hide and seek. He was hoping to drag things until he got his bonus. Didn’t work.

  16. i think foley may sign with the riders he would be a ratio breaker

    • SaskWatch // March 31, 2017 at 8:54 pm //

      Would love to see him back in green and white. The man plays with heart and soul.

  17. Scott Mooney the (PHOONEY) you know Zero about football . You are a bad CHOKE i mean JoKE to spew your Senseless Retorick regarding one of the Classiest Hardworking Canadian players ever to suit up . Go watch water polo and please release yourself from any further need to spread your garbage on any football forums you are a disgrace to Real CFL fans everywhere.u

  18. Well now folks that mister Mooney fellow seems to have some issues – social skills are somewhat lacking – class??? all lower case – I am green all the way through but cannot help admire some of the players on other teams who are incredible players – good people – he might want to take a moment and reflect on what he says – he should maybe look at what these guys do in their respective communities – Loser?? – I wonder who is the loser – really

  19. As an Argo season ticket holder, I am very glad to see this. Alan Michael Cash is a big upgrade on Foley, and they needed cap space. Yes, Foley was a tru-blue Argo, and I wish he would take the news better. But this is pro sports, and Popp/Trestman are doing what I want them too. Even if The Shipyard is good, I don’t want to sit through another 13-loss season.

    • Marc Lebut // April 3, 2017 at 9:48 am //

      Cash plays Inside. Foley plays outside. I agree Cash is a better player, but it’s hard to say he’s an upgrade on him as he won’t play the same position.

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