The Montreal Alouettes have traded Canadian offensive lineman Ryan Bomben to the Toronto Argonauts for defensive back T.J. Heath. Toronto also gets a 2020 fifth round pick while Montreal acquires the Argos third rounder that year.
The news was broken by the Montreal Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky.
Being told #AlsMTL have traded G @Rbomben to @TorontoArgos for DB @TjHeath34. Montreal's banged up in the secondary. @MP32white, carried off the field on a stretcher last Thursday, is out for the season with a cervical injury. Najee Murray is hurt, too
— Herb Zurkowsky (@HerbZurkowsky1) July 30, 2018
The 30-year-old Bomben had been dealt to Montreal prior to the 2018 season in a deal involving the No. 1 overall draft pick going to the Hamilton Tigr-Cats. Bomben has started 54 CFL games, named a CFL East Division all-star the last two years and is playing the final season of his contract.
After signing north of the border in 2016, Heath has been a CFL all-star twice in two seasons. He played 16 games between Toronto and Winnipeg in 2016 making 51 tackles and a league-high-tying seven interceptions. The 30-year-old followed that up with 64 tackles, five interceptions (tied for third-most in the league), returning one for a touchdown and recording one sack. The Argos dealt Heath to Winnipeg as part of the Drew Willy trade in September 2016 and re-signed him in free agency.
Bomben and Heath, who recorded 24 tackles and two interceptions, had played just six games for their respective teams before being traded.