Alouettes trade kicker Boris Bede to Argos for Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna

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The Toronto Argonauts have acquired kicker/punter Boris Bede from Montreal in exchange for Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna.

The 30 year-old Bede has played his entire five-year, 80-game career in Montreal and in 2019 the native of Toulon, France converted on 31-of-35 field goals (88.6 percent) while leading the league in kickoff yards (5,772) and kickoff average (69.5).

He finished third in the CFL in punt average for punters who had at least 100 punts (44.6). The six-foot-four, 225-pound kicker is the CFL’s all-time leader in kickoff average at 69.3 yards, more than three yards longer than number two on the list.

The Tiffin University and Laval University alum was a CFL East all-star in 2015 after nailing 36-of-40 field goals (90.0 percent). For his career, Bede has made 141-of-171 field goals — 82.5 percent — and has kicked at least a 52-yard field goal in each of his five seasons while accumulating a punt average of 44.2 yards on 510 punts.

Crapigna is back with the Alouettes after spending some time with the team in 2019. In 49 career games in the CFL, the 27-year-old kicker converted 98 of his 115 field goal attempts maintaining a 85.2 percent average. His longest field goal was of 53 yards, made with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2016.

In three seasons on the prairies, Crapigna amassed 8,370 yards on 139 kickoffs. In 2019 with the Argos, he amassed 2,576 yards on 41 kickoffs, for a 62.8-yard average, which placed him fourth in the CFL.

He spent his first three seasons in the CFL with the Riders, before heading to Toronto in 2019. The Nepan, Ontario native played USports football for the McMaster University Marauders. Crapigna won the Vanier Cup in 2011 off his double overtime field goal. He was drafted in the fifth round, 40th overall by the Calgary Stampeders in the 2014 CFL draft.