With the opening of the CFL free agency on Tuesday, the Toronto Argonauts immediately snagged DB Adarius Pickett. The team also added Canadian offensive lineman Darius Ciraco on Tuesday, along with defensive lineman Folarin Orimolade.
The 26-year old Pickett is relatively new to the CFL, making his debut in 2021 with the Montreal Alouettes. The Californai native had 73 defensive tackles, 7 special teams tackles, one interception and four sacks in 2022.
In his 30-game CFL career, Pickett has registered 96 defensive tackles, 19 special teams tackles, five sacks and two interceptions in the regular season. Pickett is expected to be a welcome addition to both the defensive back-line and special teams.
Ciraco, 27, was with the Ottawa Redblacks last season, playing in 16 games after spending the first three seasons of his CFL career in Hamilton. The athletic 6’4, 292 pound lineman was initially drafted in the first round as the sixth overall pick during the 2018 CFL Draft. He went on to be Hamilton’s nominee for Most Outstanding Rookie that season after starting all regular season games and the two playoff games.
The Canadian native has played in a total of 62 career regular-season CFL games, which includes five playoff games and two Grey Cups.
Defensive lineman Orimolade is another 27-year old who tallied 37 tackles, six sacks and one interception in 17 games with the Calgary Stampede last year. He stands at 5’11 and a burly 238-pounds, winning a Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 2018.
The Argos also made a couple of smaller signings this week in defensive lineman Thomas Costigan, and Canadian fullback Mario Villamizar.
Betting on the Toronto Argonauts in 2023
The Argos will be looking to defend their crown as Grey Cup champs this year and should have a pretty good chance at doing so. The team has kept a lot of its core and added a bunch of great role players to bolster themselves on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
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