The Toronto Argonauts have released former NFL running back and returner Dexter McCluster, per sources.
By April 30 CFL teams had to reduce their rosters to 75 players.
McCluster signed with the Argos last July and after suffering an injury in practice made his CFL debut in September. He played in four games carrying the ball 22 times for 117 yards, catching 12 passes for 111 yards while returning one punt for six yards and two kick-offs for 40 yards.
It was McCluster’s return to pro football after a freak 2016 injury when he suffered a broken forearm while looking for his cellphone.
The 30-year-old was a second-round pick, 36th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. The 29-year-old ran a 4.53 40-yard time, 4.06 short shuttle, 6.73 three-cone, 37.5-inch vertical and 20 reps on the bench press at the 2010 NFL Combine.
He played seven seasons in the NFL for the Chiefs, Titans and Chargers rushing 250 times for 1,042 yards and two touchdowns, recording 236 receptions for 1,933 yards and seven touchdowns, returned 74 kickoffs for 1,554 yards, 133 punts for 1,388 yards and three touchdowns. 2013 was McCluster’s best year in the NFL when he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl as a returner after producing 686 punt return yards and two touchdowns.
McCluster played collegiately at the University of Mississippi, he rushed for 1,169 yards and eight touchdowns while catching 44 balls for 520 yards and three touchdowns, totalling 1,689 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior for the Rebels, earning first-team All-SEC (Southeastern conference) honours.