Back in double blue: Argos re-sign three-time all-star linebacker Henoc Muamba

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The Toronto Argonauts have signed Canadian linebacker Henoc Muamba to a contract extension. He was slated to become a free agent on Feb. 8.

“I couldn’t be happier to be home and continue playing in Toronto,” said Muamba in a press release. “We are ready to finish what we started last season and take that next step towards our ultimate goal. There is nowhere else I’d rather be and June can’t come soon enough.”

The 32-year-old is back for his second season in Double Blue after playing 10 games and tallying 49 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, and one interception in 2021. The nine-year CFL veteran who attended high school in Mississauga joined Toronto via free agency in 2021.

Muamba previously enjoyed a two-year stint with the Montreal Alouettes that saw him win the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian award in 2019 after posting 93 defensive tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles in 17 games. He was also named an East Division all-star in 2018.

The six-foot, 230-pound product of St. Francis Xavier began his CFL career in Winnipeg after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 CFL Draft. Muamba would play three seasons in Winnipeg, earning one CFL all-star nod as well as an East Division all-star honour in 2013.

Born in the Congo, Muamba would move to the Indianapolis Colts for two years (2014-15), playing in 13 games before signing with Montreal (2015) and Saskatchewan (2016-17).

Muamba has amassed 517 defensive tackles, 77 special teams tackles, 14 sacks, six interceptions and 14 forced fumbles in 118 career regular season CFL games.