As 3Downnation’s Justin Dunk first reported, the Toronto Argonauts made the signing of quarterback James Franklin official.
“James is an outstanding young man and a great leader. We welcome him to the mix of talented quarterbacks we have on our roster and look forward to watching him compete,” said Argos general manager Jim Popp in a statement.
“Completing the trade for James in December allowed us to negotiate with him exclusively. When you trade for a player with an expiring contract, there is always an element of risk involved and that risk paid off.”
Over three seasons in Edmonton, Franklin completed 116-of-176 passes (66 completion rate) for 1,449 yards and 12 touchdowns against one interception. He’s carried the ball 18 times for 145 yards and one touchdown.
The Argos acquired Franklin in a trade with Edmonton in December, giving them an exclusive negotiating window before the 26-year-old could’ve hit free agency in February. Toronto received a third-round pick in the 2018 CFL draft while sending Canadian offensive lineman Mason Woods the other way.