Argos re-sign three Canadians, including OL Dariusz Bladek

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The Toronto Argonauts announced today the team has extended Canadian defensive lineman Robbie Smith, Canadian offensive lineman Dariusz Bladek, Canadian linebacker Alex Chevrier, and American defensive lineman Dewayne Hendrix.

Smith, 24, posted 24 defensive tackles, six special teams tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in 14 games for the Double Blue in 2021. The ninth overall selection in the 2019 CFL Draft built off his rookie 2019 season that saw the Brampton native and Laurier product record 15 defensive tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble.

Bladek, 27, played 10 games in his first season in Toronto, starting them all at right guard. He also started the East Final at right guard in a loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Bethune Cookman alum signed as a free agent in February of 2020 after three seasons and 45 games for Saskatchewan.

Chevrier, 28, was signed by Toronto during the 2021 season after playing four games for Montreal earlier in the year. The Sherbrooke product played six games for the Argos down the stretch adding two special teams tackles. The Pointe-Claire, Que. native spent his first two seasons in Regina (2018-2019) and has 32 special teams tackles for his career.

Hendrix, 25, played six games with five starts in 2021 and recorded nine defensive tackles and one sack along the defensive line. The Illinois native and former University of Pittsburgh Panther spent time in the NFL and XFL before coming to Canada.