Argos release Canadian QB Noah Picton

The Toronto Argonauts have released Canadian quarterback Noah Picton.

The Argos inked Picton to a three-year contract last December.

Picton played one series while going 0-for-1 in Toronto’s pre-season victory against the Montreal Alouettes.

Picton finished his USports career with the University of Regina Rams as the all-time passing leader throwing for 11,496 yards. Only six Canadian university quarterbacks have ever gone over 10,000 passing yards.

After a stellar 2017 season, Picton showed he was more athletic than scouts predicted, but it didn’t lead to any CFL team taking him in the 2018 draft. The Argos signed Picton to a free agent deal, bringing him to training camp in the spring and then-Argos head coach Marc Trestman was impressed enough by Picton that he vowed to watch Canada West film from his final season with the Rams. The Argos kept tabs on Picton and elected to bring him back for training camp in 2019.

The Regina native was a star coming out of LeBoldus High School in Regina, leading the team to a provincial title in 2012. After redshirting the 2013 Canadian university football season, Picton took over Regina’s starting quarterback role in 2014. He started every game for the Rams until Sept. 29 – staying healthy and available through the rigours of a fast-paced university schedule – when he became the USports passing leader in style, tossing a 35-yard touchdown.

But that was the last time Picton stepped on the field in a university game. After playing against Manitoba Picton’s foot flared up with what was eventually diagnosed as septic arthritis, which led to excruciating pain and even can be lethal in some cases. That kept Picton on the sidelines for the final three games of his university career. He recovered in time for Argos camp.

However, Toronto has severed ties with Picton.