Report: Argos make contract extension offer to James Wilder Jr.

The Argonauts have pitched James Wilder Jr. on a contract extension.

According to TSN reporter Dave Naylor, the Argos proposed a deal that would make Wilder Jr. one of the highest paid running backs in the league, which would be a substantial raise from the current pact he has for 2018 at $56,000. However, he would have to commit to Toronto through the 2019 season. That would add one year to his current agreement.

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

The six-foot-three, 232-pound Wilder Jr. ran for 872 yards (7.2-yard average) and five TDs in 17 games while adding 51 catches for 533 yards. He started six regular season games for Toronto in which the Argos went 5-1 and the double blue went 2-0 in the playoffs, including the Grey Cup victory while being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2017.