Toronto Argos re-sign reigning CFL passing touchdown leader, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson

The Toronto Argonauts have re-signed American quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

The 32-year-old pivot most recently played for the Aviators of The Spring League in 2020, throwing for nearly 700 yards and five touchdowns in three games.

The California native is back in Double Blue after a 2019 season that saw the signal caller lead the CFL in touchdown passes with 26 against 13 interceptions in 13 starts, while completing 68 percent of his passes for 4,024 yards. The six-foot-four, 220-pound QB amassed nine games with at least 300 yards passing and two with over 400 yards in 2019.

“I am very excited at the prospect of the CFL being back this year and I cannot wait to continue to pursue my passion in one of the greatest cities in the world,” Bethel-Thompson said in a statement. “I look forward to playing my role as quarterback by making each and every teammate around me better.”

Prior to his time in the CFL, Bethel-Thompson made nine NFL stops with five different teams between 2011 and 2016; San Francisco (three times), Miami (twice), Minnesota (twice), New England and Philadelphia.

During that time he also played with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League, the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League and was on the practice roster of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before his move to the Argos.

“McLeod brings veteran and locker room leadership to our ball club, as well as the ability to play quarterback at a high level,” Argos head coach Ryan Dinwiddie said in a statement. “He makes us a better football team and I am excited for him to rejoin the team this year.”

Bethel-Thompson joined Toronto in 2017 and helped the organization win its 17th Grey Cup that season.

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