Argos asking veteran players to restructure contracts

The new Toronto Argonauts regime, led by general manager Jim Popp, has asked several veterans to restructure their contracts, per sources.

Several of those players asked to be released, restructure or traded when the team was without a general manager or head coach in late January and early February, hoping to take advantage of the free agent market. Now they are being asked to restructure after teams around the league have allocated a significant portion of their cap money for 2017.

Canadian linebacker Thomas Miles was asked to restructure and then got released on Feb. 28, just before a roster bonus was due on March 1. He quickly inked a deal with the Bombers after the Argos sent him packing.

Sources say one of the players the Argos are asking to take a pay cut is Canadian defensive end Ricky Foley, he’s due a roster bonus April 1. The 34-year-old, who missed four games last season with a flared nerve in his foot, previously held the longest active consecutive games played streak at 182.

It’s worth noting that when playing for current Argos defensive coordinator and then-Riders head coach Corey Chamblin, Foley rang up 20 sacks in two seasons (2013 and 2014) with Saskatchewan, while winning a Grey Cup together in 2013.

Foley has played 32 games over the past two seasons for the double blue, recording 69 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. From 2010-2012 Foley suited up for the Argos, including starting in Toronto’s 2012 victory in the 100th Grey Cup where he made four tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble to earn Most Valuable Canadian in that CFL championship game.

Overall, Foley has played for three different CFL teams – Lions, Argos and Riders – during 11 CFL seasons while winning a Grey Cup with each franchise. Eight of those years the York University product played in every single game possible for his team. He’s made 346 career tackles, 60 sacks, 56 special teams tackles, 10 forced fumbles, one interception and scored one touchdown in 182 regular season games. Foley’s best season came on 2009 with BC when he amassed a career-high-tying 12 sacks and won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award.

Popp officially took over as general manager on Feb. 27.

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