Toronto Argonauts sign former all-star returner Janarion Grant

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The Toronto Argonauts have signed veteran CFL return specialist Janarion Grant.

The 30-year-old native of Trilby, Fla. spent the past four seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, winning two Grey Cups and receiving one CFL all-star selection.

The five-foot-ten, 173-pound speedster played only eight games in 2023 due to injury but recorded 472 punt return yards, 427 punt return yards, and one punt return touchdown. His 92-yard score against the Saskatchewan Roughriders garnered international attention and is considered one of the best returns in CFL history.

The Rutgers product has recorded seven punt return touchdowns and one kickoff return touchdown over 41 career CFL regular season games.

Grant signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and dressed for two regular season games prior to his release. He also had a brief stint on the practice roster with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before signing in Winnipeg.

The Argonauts have also brought back American offensive lineman Dare Rosenthal and released American receiver Xavier Malone and American defensive back Kary Vincent Jr.

Rosenthal started his collegiate career at Lousiana State University and helped the Tigers win a National Championship as a redshirt freshman in 2019. He dressed for 12 games with the team and made eight starts after converting from the defensive line.

The six-foot-seven, 327-pound blocker transferred to the University of Kentucky in 2021 and started 12 games at left tackle. The 24-year-old has since attended minicamp with the Atlanta Falcons and played for the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars and XFL’s DC Defenders.

Toronto has also moved Canadian offensive lineman Edouard Paradis to the retired list. The 26-year-old was a fifth-round pick in the 2023 CFL Draft out of Houston Christian University and spent this past year playing for the Université de Montreal Carabins.