TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts announced today that the team has signed international defensive back Cassius Vaughnto a two-year contract through the 2019 season.
“Cassius was a playmaker all season long for our defence and that was no more apparent than in the 105th Grey Cup,” said Argos GM Jim Popp. “We’re very happy to have him back in Toronto for two more years.”
Vaughn, 30, started 16 regular-season games for the Argos in 2017, posting 32 defensive tackles, one tackle for a loss, three quarterback pressures, and a team-leading five interceptions en route to being named an East Division All-Star. His 115-yard interception return touchdown against the Calgary Stampeders in Week 7 tied a team record and helped secure the third-highest single-season total in franchise history with 209 interception return yards.
In the 105th Grey Cup, Vaughn changed the tide of the game and set a CFL record for the longest touchdown in Grey Cup history with a 109-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, setting up a game-tying two-point conversion with under five minutes remaining. In two post-season games, he totaled four defensive tackles, one interception, and a fumble recovery.
In 25 career CFL games, the 5-11, 195-pound native of Memphis, Tennessee, has 58 defensive tackles, one tackle for a loss, five interceptions, nine knockdowns, and one touchdown.
Prior to joining the Argos as a free agent in 2017, Vaughn was a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, and Denver Broncos. In 69 career NFL games, the Ole Miss product totaled 127 tackles, seven interceptions, one forced fumble, five fumble recoveries, and two defensive touchdowns.