Former Edmonton Elks linebacker Vontae Diggs signs with Toronto Argonauts

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Former Edmonton Elks linebacker Vontae Diggs has signed with the Toronto Argonauts, per sources.

Diggs was on his way to The Six last night after being released by the green and gold on Thursday.

The six-foot-three, 230-pound Diggs was named Edmonton’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2019. He recorded 84 total tackles, two sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble last CFL season from the weak-side linebacker position.

Diggs had a $13,000 first time active roster bonus due for playing one snap in Week 1, but general manager Brock Sunderland didn’t allow him to collect it. That was part of his Elks contract for 2021 which was scheduled to pay him the base minimum $65,000 salary with $12,000 in housing.

Upon his release, he was told that he was not a “culture fit” for the 2021 edition of the Elks. Each CFL franchise had to be cut down to their final roster by 10 p.m. ET on Friday, July 30 for the regular season.

The 25-year-old Diggs attended the University of Connecticut for four seasons (2014-2017) and played in 46 games. He recorded 183 total tackles, three forced fumbles and one quarterback sack with the Huskies.

After going unselected in the 2018 NFL Draft, Diggs signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Washington Football Team. He played in three pre-season games, recording five solo tackles and one assisted tackle.

Diggs can make an instant impact on the Argos special teams units and provide a proven presence at linebacker.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.