Toronto Argos sign recently-released Tiger-Cats left tackle Trevon Tate

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The Toronto Argonauts have signed American offensive lineman Trevon Tate, per source.

Tate started at left tackle in Week 1 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was added to the one-game injured list in Week 2 before being released outright this past weekend.

“Just a collective decision. We’re doing some shuffling on the O-line and we released a very good player who has already been picked up. We knew he wasn’t going to be on the market long and we moved forward in a different direction,” Ticats head coach Orlondo Steinauer said.

The six-foot-four, 295-pound blocker was originally signed by the Ticats in July 2019 and spent most of that year on the practice roster. He won the starting left tackle job coming out of 2021 training camp, replacing Ryker Mathews, who’d departed for the B.C. Lions via free agency.

The Houston, TX native played in 53 games with 49 starts at offensive tackle over four seasons (2015-2018) at the University of Memphis. After spending his freshman year at right tackle, Tate transitioned to left tackle in his sophomore season and was named to the All-American Athletic Conference first-team as a junior and the All-ACC second-team as a senior.

Tate was part of the 2018 Tigers’ offensive unit that set school records for points with 601, rushing yards (3,919), rushing touchdowns (48), first downs rushing (165), total first downs (344) and most yards in a season (7,324). His 53 games also tied a school record for games played by an offensive lineman.

Tate spent time with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders in the NFL prior to coming north of the border.

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