Argos release Raymond, avoid guaranteeing contract

The Toronto Argonauts have released veteran linebacker Keon Raymond, per CFL sources

The 33-year-old Raymond started all eight games for the Argonauts so far this season, registering 32 tackles good for second on the team.

Releasing him now makes some sense with the CFL collective bargaining agreement stipulating that players with six seasons of service have their contracts guaranteed for the rest of the year after nine games. The Argos have played eight games so far this season and Raymond played eight years with Calgary before joining Toronto in February.

Raymond has been a productive, durable player throughout his career he has 26 career interceptions, including two this season, and played in 15 or more games every year he was in Calgary.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.