Argos release all-star calibre Canadian OL Ryan Bomben to avoid paying roster bonus

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The Toronto Argonauts have released Canadian offensive lineman Ryan Bomben, per sources.

Bomben was due a $10,000 roster bonus on February 1.

The Argos signed Bomben to a three-year contract extension which was supposed to run through the 2021 season on January 15, 2019. The 32-year-old was dealt to the Montreal Alouettes prior to the 2018 season in a deal involving the No. 1 overall draft pick going to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

After six games in Montreal, the Alouettes traded Bomben to the Argos for defensive back T.J. Heath. Toronto also got a 2020 fifth-round pick while Montreal acquired the Argos’ third rounder that same year.

Bomben has played nine seasons and 155 career games and has been named a CFL East Division all-star four times (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Former Alouettes and Argos general manager Jim Popp originally selected Bomben in the fourth round, 31st overall of the 2010 CFL draft.

The veteran national hits the market as a proven starter who can help any team immediately.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.