August 1, 2017

Argos release Canadian defensive back Matt Black

Matt Black (39) during the game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at BMO Field in Toronto, ON. Sunday, September 11, 2016. (Photo: Johany Jutras)

The Toronto Argonauts announced Tuesday that the team has released Canadian defensive back, Matt Black.

Black, a nine-year CFL veteran, played all 109 of his career regular season games in Double Blue after being selected by the team in the sixth round (45th overall) of the 2008 CFL Draft.

In 109 career games, the Toronto native tallied 128 defensive tackles, 80 special teams tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles. The 2012 Grey Cup champion also appeared in six playoff games for the Boatmen, registering one defensive tackle, five special teams tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Off the field, Black was a consistent presence in the Toronto community, participating in numerous Argos Community programs, including Huddle Up and Level the Playing Field while serving as an ambassador and spokesman for Canadian Blood Services/One Match and the White Ribbon Campaign. In 2016, he was honoured with the CFL’s Jake Gaudaur Veterans’ Award for his involvement in the community.

The team also announced Tuesday that international receiver Devon Wylie has been released.

Wylie appeared in 13 games for the Argos in 2016, catching 14 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown while adding 485 yards on 26 kickoff returns.