Argos release Canadian star Ricky Foley… via text message

Canadian defensive lineman Ricky Foley has been released by the Argonauts, per sources.

Toronto asked Foley to restructure his contract, which led to him now being a free agent.

Sources within the Argos say the team made multiple attempts to contact Foley by phone and gave him more than 12 hours to respond, without success.

After the 2015 season, Foley took less than he would’ve commanded on the open market to stay in Toronto, inking a deal that would’ve run through the 2018 season. However, that’s now been terminated.

The 34-year-old played 32 games over the past two season for the double blue, recording 69 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. From 2010-2012 Foley suited up for the Argos, including 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 12 sacks and won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award.

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