TORONTO -- The Toronto Argonauts made their first free agent signing of the season, locking up hard-hitting safety Wes Lysack through 2013.
"Wes brings a veteran leadership to the Argos and has started a lot of games in this league," said Argos GM and head coach Jim Barker.
"He is a smart, experienced player who knows the game and that knowledge can only help our defence and special teams. I have always been a big proponent of consistently upgrading Canadian talent and Wes goes a long way in helping us do that. As well, Wes has consistently done a lot of community work, winning the Tom Pate last year, and this is something our organization values. "
A CFL veteran with eight years of experience, Lysack won a Grey Cup championship with Calgary in 2008. The Winnipeg native has played most of his career as a Stampeder where he starred at safety and was an important part of the Calgary community.
Last season, he was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Tom Pate Award winner for excellence on the field and within the community.
Lysack has played 130 games, primarily as a starting safety, and in 2004 he was recognized as a West Division All-Star. In 2003, the Stampeders made him the fifth overall pick in the CFL Canadian Draft.
"I am absolutely thrilled to become an Argo." said Lysack.
"At this point in my career, it’s exciting to join a team that is moving forward in a positive direction. The Argos are on the verge of something really special and I consider myself fortunate and thankful to have an opportunity to be along for the ride. There is no other place that could pull my family and I away from my old situation other than the Argos and Jim Barker. I trust, respect and believe in Jim more than any other person in this league. I started my career with Jim in 2003 when he drafted me and now, I hope to end my career here with him and his team."
The Argonauts also announced today that kicker Jaime Boreham has been released by the team.