James Wilder Jr. has been denied the opportunity to pursue NFL options by the Argos.
The 25-year-old is happy for Marcus Brady getting a coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts, he just wants the same opportunity. But after another Toronto coach – defensive coordinator Corey Chamblin is not planning on returning to the Argos in 2018 – has been allowed to change the course of his career despite being under contract with the team, Wilder Jr. is in a mood.
Wilder Jr. stated in late January that he would not return to the Argos in 2018 after the club refused to let him pursue NFL interest.
The six-foot-three, 232-pound Wilder Jr. ran for 872 yards (7.2-yard average) and five TDs in 17 games while adding 51 catches for 533 yards. He started six regular season games for Toronto in which the Argos went 5-1 and the double blue went 2-0 in the playoffs, including the Grey Cup victory while being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2017.
As a kid when asked what I wanna be when I grow up the answer was always "To be a dominate force in the @NFL like pops"… I May be held back for now from the DREAM but it hasn't changed nor faded… I can't lose with God on my side!!!!!🔙🔛🔝🔜🙏🏾#getWILDER pic.twitter.com/P4Scu4jsQt
— James Wilder Jr (@IAm_Wilder32) February 18, 2018