Veteran DB Matt Black returns to Argos; former Riders DL add too

Dan Ralph, Canadian Press

Matt Black is back with the Toronto Argonauts.

The veteran defensive back rejoined the Argos on Monday after being released by the CFL club last week. Toronto also signed defensive lineman Linden Gaydosh – the first player taken in the 2013 CFL draft by Hamilton – and receiver Alex Charette to the practice roster while releasing receiver Kyle Graves from the practice roster.

All four players are Canadian.

Black, a Toronto native, has spent his entire CFL career with Toronto after being selected in the sixth round, 45th overall, of the 2008 CFL draft.

Black appeared in 109 career games with Toronto, registering 128 tackles, 80 special-teams tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a member of Toronto’s 2012 Grey Cup-winning squad.

But Black was also active in the community and last year earned the CFL’s Jake Gaudaur Veterans’ award for his efforts away from the football field.

Black rejoins the Argos after veteran Canadian defensive back Jermaine Gabriel suffered an upper-body injury in Toronto’s 41-24 home loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Thursday night.

The six-foot-four, 298-pound Gaydosh returns to the East Division after recently being released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. After being drafted by Hamilton, Gaydosh signed as a free agent with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers but spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury.

The addition of Gaydosh fills a need for Toronto, which has lost defensive linemen Victor Butler and Canadian Cleyon Laing to injury.

Gaydosh, a former Calgary Dinos star, returned to Hamilton in 2014 after being released by Carolina and appeared in nine games that season, registering two tackles. In the off-season, he suffered an Achilles injury that required surgery and forced him to miss the entire 2015 campaign.

He rejoined the Ticats in 2016 before being dealt to Saskatchewan on Oct. 12. The Riders released Gaydosh last week.

The six-foot-one, 200-pound Charette, a native of St. Catharines, Ont., has appeared in 27 career games with the Montreal Alouettes, who selected him in the fourth round, 36th overall, in the 2015 CFL draft.

Toronto (3-4) visits the Montreal Alouettes (2-4) on Friday night.

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