December 3, 2011

Steven Jyles extends with Argos through 2014


TORONTO — The Argonauts plan to keep quarterback Steven Jyles in Toronto for a few more years.

The Canadian Football League club signed Jyles to a contract extension through 2014 on Saturday.

“It’s exciting for me to sign this contract and extend my time here,” Jyles said in a statement. “As a team, I feel like we have unfinished business to take care of. We have a lot of talent, offensively, in this club and I believe that if we work together and find our chemistry then, together, we will win games.”

The Argonauts acquired Jyles on March 30 in a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He missed the start of the season while he recovered from shoulder surgery and was activated Sept. 6. He started eight of Toronto’s final nine games.

“Last year, I had just half of a season with the offence so I can’t wait to get back and begin working with my teammates for a full schedule this year and beyond,” said Jyles. “It has been over a year since my shoulder surgery and I feel great.”

The 29-year-old threw for 1,430 yards and rushed for 429 yards – first among all quarterbacks – in 2011. He threw seven touchdowns and ran one in as well.

Jyles has completed 59.9 per cent of his passes for 5,319 yards with 31 touchdowns. He’s also carried the ball 179 times for 1,184 yards and 13 touchdowns in six years with the Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Bombers and Argos.