MISSISSAUGA – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is pleased to welcome non-import LB Walter Spencer to the club’s roster and non-import DL Akeel Lendor to the team’s practice roster.
Walter Spencer is best known for his outstanding contributions to special teams. A veteran of eight CFL seasons, he has played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders and, most recently, the Montreal Alouettes where he dressed in the 2009 Grey Cup championship win, and won a second ring in 2010 while on the team’s injured list. He led the CFL with 30 special teams tackles in 2007 and, with 158 career special teams tackles, is in striking distance of fourth place on the league’s all-time list (Jed Roberts & Mike O’Shea were both tied with 163 at the end of their careers).
Akeel Lendor, who qualifies as a non-import, is not only in Canada for the first time but is also getting his first taste of professional football. Lendor, a native of Diego Martin, Trinidad, had never played organized tackle football prior to joining the Argonauts, but his raw, athletic ability has made him stand out. He has worked with a number of former NFL players and scouts, including Keith Washington who noticed Akeel through his involvement in a flag football league in Trinidad. At 6-feet, 8-inches tall, and 335-pounds, he played both semi-professional rugby and basketball in Trinidad.
The Toronto Argonauts also announced today that non-import LB Chris Smith has been released, and import RB Gerald Riggs has been deleted from the practice roster.