The Toronto Argonauts have signed national kicker Tyler Crapigna from the Montreal Alouettes practice roster.
Crapigna attended training camp with the Argos, but he was released prior to the start of the regular season. The Als had added Crapigna to their practice roster. However, the chance to be part of an active roster and kick in games made the 26-year-old leave Montreal for Toronto.
He was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on May 7 after unsuccessful attempts to trade the McMaster University product. Crapigna was the Riders primary field goal kicker in 2016 and 2017 after taking over the role late in 2015 when he was acquired in a trade deadline deal for national running back Jerome Messam.
With Crapigna out for the 2018 season due to a lower body injury, Brett Lauther took over as the Riders kicker making over 90 per cent of his field goals (58 for 64) with a long of 56-yards and connecting on 33 of 36 one-point convert attempts.
The Ottawa native was originally drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the fifth round, 40th overall of the 2014 CFL draft. Crapigna has played in 36 games for Saskatchewan making 76-of-88 three-point attempts (86.4 per cent) with a long of 53 yards and converted 74-of-78 extra point attempts.
The Argos see an opportunity for Crapigna to come in a play right away, especially following the release of American Drew Brown. Toronto makes the kicker swap after Brown started the season 3-for-5 on field goal attempts and failed to execute a pooch kick at the end of the Argos loss to B.C. He sent the ball out of bounds drawing an illegal kick-off penalty and gifted Mike Reilly favourable field position for what led to the game-winning drive.