Argos cut former NFL running back Brandon Burks prior to February 1 roster bonus

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The Toronto Argonauts have released running back Brandon Burks.

Burks was due a $10,000 roster bonus on February 1. He was scheduled to make $60,000 in base salary for 2020 with $20,000 housing and $5,000 travel allowance for a hard money total of $95,000.

Burks made his Argos debut in 2018. He’s played in 14 games rushing 79 times for 487 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and caught 30 passes for 269 yards with two touchdowns. The 26-year-old Burks was a favourite of former Argos head coach Marc Trestman.

After going unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, Burks signed an undrafted free agent contract with Green Bay. He spent part of that season on the Packers practice roster and the rest on the New York Jets practice squad. Burks was activated for the final game of the regular season and carried the ball two times for minus-four yards.

The Spring League provided Burks additional film and the Argos inked Burks in April 2016. Burks has CFL experience and provides a potential explosive option (4.56 40-yard time, 37-inch vertical) in a Canadian backfield.

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