Argos make it official: all-star DB T.J. Heath returns to Toronto

The Argos have officially signed defensive back T.J. Heath to a one-year contract through the 2018 season.

3DownNation insider Justin Dunk reported the news first on Tuesday.

“T.J. is a proven playmaker who has played at a very high level since arriving in the CFL,” said Argos GM Jim Popp said in a statement. “We’re excited to add another talented defensive back and ball-hawk like T.J. to the secondary.”

The 30-year-old returns to Toronto after playing 10 games with the Argos in 2016. Heath posted 37 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, one tackle for a loss, five interceptions, and five pass knockdowns before being traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers along with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 CFL draft for quarterback Drew Willy.

The six-foot-one, 181-pounder has played in 34 career CFL games between Toronto and Winnipeg, recording 115 defensive tackles, five special teams tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, two quarterback pressures, 12 interceptions, 14 pass knockdowns, and one defensive touchdown. Heath was named a CFL and West Division all-star in both 2016  and 2017.

Prior to joining the Argos as a free agent in 2016, Heath spent time with the NFL’s Giants, Falcons, Panthers, Dolphins, Browns, Bills, Bengals, and Jaguars.