Former first overall CFL Draft pick, Canadian OL Shane Richards signs contract extension with Argos

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The Toronto Argonauts have signed Canadian offensive lineman Shane Richards to a contract extension.

The 26-year-old Richards played all 14 games for the 9-5 Boatmen during the shortened 2021 season, his second year in the CFL. He reported to training camp 70 pounds lighter than he was at the end of his rookie season and was virtually unrecognizable.

Richards was Toronto’s first overall selection in the 2019 CFL Draft and played in eight games his rookie year, after an injury sidelined him for most of the campaign.

After being named a Calgary high school all-star three times at Crescent Heights, Richards attended New Mexico Military junior college. He chose Oklahoma State over other scholarship offers from Southern Mississippi, Troy and Akron and saw some action as a junior for the Cowboys in 2016.

Richards used his redshirt year in 2017 to fine-tune his body for the final season of NCAA eligibility in 2018. He started two games at right guard and three at right tackle for the Cowboys that year, including his first career start in the season-opener against Missouri State.

The Jamaican-born Richards played three seasons with the Cowboys from 2016-2018.