The Toronto Argonauts’ new defensive coordinator Chris Jones is already starting to shape his unit, as the club announced the release of American linebacker Vontae Diggs on Saturday.
A surprise training camp cut by the Edmonton Elks, Diggs joined the Argos shortly after and became a key injury replacement. He played three games this season, most recently starting in Week 8 against Montreal, and recorded five defensive tackles, two special teams’ tackles and a sack.
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.
Upon his release from Edmonton earlier this year, Diggs was told that he was not a “culture fit” for the 2021 edition of the Elks. GM Brock Sunderland later stated he was “outplayed” by other players, a sentiment the Argos seem to agree with.
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.