Toronto Argonauts sign quarterback Khalil Tate following retirement of Austin Simmons

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The Toronto Argonauts have signed American quarterback Khalil Tate following the retirement of practice roster quarterback Austin Simmons.

The six-foot, 216-pound native of Inglewood, Calif. signed with the Edmonton Elks in January 2022 but was released by the team as training camp opened.

He attended the University of Arizona where he started one game as a true freshman in 2016. His best season came the following year when he started seven games, passing for 1,591 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while rushing 153 times for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Tate finished his tenure with the Wildcats with 6,318 passing yards, 57 touchdowns, 31 interceptions as well as 2,285 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He was credited with 32 starts and put together a 13-19 record.

The 23-year-old signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after going unselected in the 2020 NFL Draft with whom he was converted to receiver. He was cut in July 2020 but was brought back for the 2021 season on a reserve/futures contract. The Eagles released him again this past June and remained a free agent until Monday.

Simmons signed with the team in January following brief stints with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes. He made the active roster for Toronto’s first two games of the season but was moved to the practice roster after Week 3.