May 17, 2016

Argos add four to the defence

The Toronto Argonauts continue to build for the 2016 season, their first at BMO Field, signing international defensive backs Jimmy LegreeJoshua Mitchell and Joe Rankin as well as linebacker Marshall McFadden today.

Legree, a product of South Carolina, registered 55 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions and added four pass breakups with the Gamecocks as a senior. The 6-0, 187-pound, native of Beaufort, South Carolina signs with the Double Blue after spending parts of the last three seasons with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

McFadden arrives in Toronto after stints in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams over the last four seasons. The 6-3, 235-pound, native of Lamar, South Carolina, played 37 games over four seasons at South Carolina State, registering a total of 208 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, three sacks and three interceptions with the Bulldogs.

Mitchell, a 5-11, 160-pound native of Corona, California spent the 2015 season with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. The former Nebraska Cornhusker registered 104 tackles (79 solo, 25 assisted), eight tackles for a loss of 27 yards, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and 25 pass breakups over four seasons. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection from 2012-14 and was an honourable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2014.

Rankin, a 5-9, 185-pound native of Germantown, Maryland, had 57 tackles (42 solo, 15 assisted), three tackles for a loss of five yards, three interceptions, one forced fumble, six pass breakups and two blocked kicks as a senior at Morgan State. Prior to signing with the Argos, he attended rookie mini-camp with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens in 2014 and spent training camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2015.