Argos sign former NFL running back Bishop Sankey

The Toronto Argos have signed former NFL running back Bishop Sankey.

Most recently Sankey spent time in the Alliance of American Football with the San Diego Fleet rushing 30 times for 119 yards over four games before the league suspended operations.

Sankey was a second round, 54th overall draft choice of the Tennessee Titans in the 2014 NFL draft — the first running back off the board. During two seasons with the Titans (2014-2015) Sankey rushed 199 times for 762 yards and three touchdowns while adding 32 receptions for 272 receiving yards and a touchdown in 12 games.

The Wadsworth, Ohio native spent the 2016 season on the practice rosters of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. After being picked up by the Minnesota Vikings, Sankey suffered a season-ending ACL knee injury in the first pre-season game of 2017.

The former University of Washington Huskie had a productive NCAA career rushing for 3,496 yards and 37 touchdowns while adding 67 receptions for 567 receiving yards over three seasons (2011-2013).

Sankey was named first team All-Pac-12 and a second team All-American after his junior season in 2013 rushing for 1,870 yards — a single-season school record — and 20 touchdowns. He left as the school’s leader in rushing touchdowns and third all-time in rushing yards.

James Wilder Jr., Chris Rainey and A.J. Ouellette are the current running backs on Toronto’s active roster. Brandon Burks is on the six-game injured list. The Argos signed Dexter McCluster who had NFL experience last year, but he played in four games prior to his release.

The 27-year-old Sankey earned over $2.8 million from playing in the NFL. His 4.49 40-yard speed and elite athleticism could translate well to the CFL style of football.

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