Argos running back/returner Marcus Thigpen opts out of CFL contract for NFL shot

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Toronto Argonauts running back and returner Marcus Thigpen has opted out of his contract to pursue NFL opportunities.

The 34-year-old Thigpen played 18 games for Saskatchewan last season, his third year with the Riders (2017-2019), tallying 201 rush yards, 26 catches for 161 receiving yards, 640 total return yards and five total touchdowns.

The five-foot-nine, 195-pound swiss army knife spent four seasons in the NFL (2012-2015) before his stint with Saskatchewan. He played a total of 50 games over that span for Buffalo, Oakland, Tampa Bay and Miami, including back-to-back 16 game seasons for the Dolphins in 2012 and 2013. Thigpen recorded over 2,500 kick return yards and 919 punt return yards with two return touchdowns in his NFL career.

The Detroit native first made his mark in the CFL in 2010 after being signed by Hamilton and spent two seasons with the Ticats, where he became the first player in CFL history to score a touchdown five different ways in one season — receiving, rushing, punt return, kick return and missed field goal return — when he accomplished the feat in 2010. The Indiana University alum was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and also spent time with the Denver Broncos that same off-season.

Thigpan will try his luck in the NFL once again.