Argos sign former Redblacks, NFL defensive back Jeff Richards

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The Toronto Argonauts have signed defensive back Jeff Richards through the 2021 season.

Richardsmost recently spent time in the NFL, where between 2017 and 2018, the six-foot-two, 210-pound cover man played for the Los Angeles Chargers (two stints), Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.

The Oklahoma native is also a Grey Cup champion having played 13 games over two seasons (2015-2016) for Ottawa, recording 16 defensive tackles, six special teams tackles and one interception of Bo-Levi Mitchell in the 104th Grey Cup helping the Redblacks to victory.

Richards played 21 games at Emporia State University (2011-2012) finishing with 73 tackles and five interceptions, after starting his collegiate career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (2009-2010).