Argos sign RB James Wilder Jr. to extension

The Argos have signed running back James Wilder Jr. to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season.

Just days ago Toronto offered zero signing bonus and around $100,000 on a new deal.

Wilder Jr. stated in late January that he would not return to the Argos in 2018 playing for $56,000 after the club refused to let him pursue NFL interest.

“James had an incredible rookie season with us in 2017 and we’re thrilled we were able to reach a deal with him to extend,” said Argos GM Jim Popp said in a statement. “We look forward to how James will continue to build on his game in his second year in Canada.”

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Wilder was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie last season after rushing for 872 yards and five touchdowns on 122 carries, posting a CFL-high 7.1 yards per attempt.

The six-foot-two, 232-pound native of Tampa, Fla., also caught 51 passes for 533 yards and a team-high 467 yards after the catch.

Wilder rushed for 52 yards and added 58 yards on eight receptions in Toronto’s 25-12 win over Saskatchewan in the Eastern final, including a crucial third-down catch to move the chains on the team’s game-winning touchdown drive. The rookie back added 13 yards and a touchdown in Toronto’s 27-24 win over the Calgary Stampeders in the 105th Grey Cup.

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63 Comments on Argos sign RB James Wilder Jr. to extension

  1. the argos have to be getting close to the salary cap with this signing

    • Ah Popp probably just did his usual and asked his “star” players to take pay cuts. Typical of his time in Montreal -sign players to big contracts and then expect them to take a cut later on.

    • True, but have not Riders, Bombers, Redblacks signed a bunch of players?

  2. Gee…where did all that NFL interest go?

    • The NFL interest was irrelevant. He couldn’t have signed anywhere else until at least 2019. The interest may still be there, but he can’t take advantage of it.

    • I think what probably happened was that Wilder examined a little more closely his NFL options and saw that the offers were for him to be a camp body with no signing bonus. Remember, he has played in the NFL before, they know what he’s about and they have film on him. It’s not like the NFL all of a sudden woke up and said, “Oh, wait a second, he CAN run.”

      What 2017 proved is that Wilder is a running back who is ideally suited for the CFL, and the NFL recognizes that.

      • Exactly. If the NFL wanted him he would be there.

        • Garniey26 // March 3, 2018 at 1:52 pm //

          Billy you obviously no little about contracts and law. He couldnt leave and or talk to any interested party. He is and was under contract intil 2019. NFL teams cannot approach a player under contract with out teams permission its called tampering. Just because the NFL has billions more than the CFL does doesnt mean they can circumvent the law.

    • Exactly. Blow it out the other end Wilder. Predict he’ll have a mediocre second year as well. Players who make a lot of noise during the off season rarely reach the expectation level after they stuff their cash box.

      • That’s a wild prediction,Philski,considering Wilder was the most exciting player of last season.I bet my silver dollars that Wilder and the Argos will be a better team this season.

  3. Awesome signing Mr. Popp

  4. Blue rules // March 3, 2018 at 12:11 pm //

    Damn it, I mean Congratulations Argo’s. You just got better, LOL

  5. He busted a few for big gains when the holes were there, but defenses were shutting him down as the season ended. Will see what 2018 brings.

  6. The Realist // March 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm //

    That signing makes the entire CFL better.

    • Cal Gary Shampeders // March 4, 2018 at 12:03 am //

      First off, no it doesn’t. Second, he *had* to play in the CFL this year or just simply walk away from football. The NFL honors CFL contracts.

      Wilder said it was about getting another chance to play in the NFL. Well then why did he just put that off another year? Because he knows he’ll never play in the NFL. Well played, James. You just put one over on Jim Popp. Of course Popp put one over on himself by hiring one of the worst assistants in the game as his head coach.

  7. That wasn’t so hard now was it. Fair deal for both sides

  8. Oh joy, maybe now he can finally find shelter and feed his babies …..

  9. And next up on – As The Contract Turns….Henoc Muamba to Winnipeg (damn it)

  10. Green is the Color // March 3, 2018 at 12:37 pm //

    Squeaky wheel gets the grease.

  11. solara2000 // March 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm //

    Let’s hope the contract thing is behind him. In addition to his on-field talent, he captured a lot of fans with his refreshing attitude last year. If he can restore that kind of charismatic appeal, he could find himself with additional monetary possibilities.

  12. Wonder where Victor Butler is at?

  13. Great resigning! Argos will be back in the Grey Cup in 2018! Stoked!!!

  14. Rick Cowan // March 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm //

    I would say the Bomber’s and Argos are closer to the cap than the Riders the Rider’s have only signed 5 free agents the Bomber’s and Argos have signed more

    • greenenvy? // March 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm //

      Rick, Chris Jones has admitted he was close to the CAP. Do you think he dumped Muamba because Hurl is an adequate replacement? Messam, Bond, Evans, Hughes, Harty, Collaros, Bridge got a raise, LaBatte got a 3 year deal, Carter got a raise & so on. He’s having money issues with Campbell. The Bombers have CAP issues too. But it’s obvious the Riders are up against it. You might be looking at 3 young (cheap) LB’s. That’s the price you pay.

  15. Green&Gold // March 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm //

    Calgary the only team without a running back

    • Think Cal has Williams and Finch for now

      • greenenvy? // March 3, 2018 at 2:46 pm //

        Williams was very good in one game but extremely small sample. Finch, like Rainey & Logan, is primarily a returner & thrown in to give the defence a different look once in a while. I’d have to say their running game is up in tne air right now.

  16. Good signing. I’m guessing he has a clause that says he can go to the NFL in 2019 if the rule is changed to bring back the NFL window (which it likely will be).

  17. Pennyrocker // March 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm //

    I thought Wilder was worried about getting hurt before going to the NFL. Now signs a two year deal. Hope he doesn’t get injured in a two year deal.

  18. That kind of money can buy a lot of gold chains. Thankfully, he can now stop working at his imaginary construction job. What a lie that was.

    The Wilder entitlement goes on and on and on. It’s shameful.

    • Construction? I thought he was selling cars? Say it’s not true!

    • Footballnut // March 4, 2018 at 1:20 am //

      Entitlement? 56k/yr while guys like some
      Canadians make double and aren’t half the player ??? He’s a rb , his life is short . The team screws over players all the time and force them to take cuts what is the diff? He has leverage and used it good on him

  19. They have plenty of bellyachers in the NFL too… this isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last. All in all, a great signing for Toronto… he could be a star in the league. Someone said he runs too straight and he isn’t that fast, and wasn’t a factor in the Grey Cup. But I hope he kills it in 2018! Butler… in the ‘where are we now’ file.

  20. Feeling Blue // March 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm //

    Short careers, get as much as you can…show me the money, prepare…get ready for season two…

  21. DoubleBlue1873 // March 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm //

    Welcome back, JWJ!

  22. Argos blinked first. If Wilder can produce this season consistently, he’ll be a bargain. but he was mediocre against some teams, like the Cats. Where was this NFL interest when he signed a two year, entry-level CFL contract? Like I said, Argos blinked first. Hopefully Wilder’s as good at runnin’ as he is at bluffin’!

  23. wewert3 // March 3, 2018 at 3:41 pm //

    Odds are decent Popp will renegotiate down Wilder’s contract within the next 2 years which will demonstrate once again that CFL contracts are virtually worthless.

  24. BleedzGreen // March 3, 2018 at 3:44 pm //

    Although I’m happy for Argo fans, I totally disagree with Wilder’s negotiating tactics.
    BTW 3DN the East Final score was 25-21 (not 25-12). Just saying.

  25. Wayne Baldwin // March 3, 2018 at 5:38 pm //

    Great news from the Argos. Make JWJ the face of the team…. GO ARGOS

  26. Never any doubt! (yes, for those of a certain age, this was the headline (in the Toronto Sun) after Team Canada took the series over Russia in ’72 . . . kein Problem!

    • That would be me. Still have Henderson’s pic of “the goal” (sorry Crosby, not even close). Still have his autographed jersey. But best of all, still have that image of him scoring “the goal” entrenched in my mind. Oh, and you suck Tretiak…you should be out of the HHF…Paul in.

  27. Solid move for the champs (sounds good it!)

  28. (Doesn’t)

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