February 5, 2018

Green staying in double blue, inks extension through 2019

Johany Jutras/Argonauts.ca

TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts have extended veteran receiver S.J. Green through 2019, the team announced Monday.

He was set to become a free agent on Feb. 13.

Green’s signing comes just days after the Argos announced that his quarterback, Ricky Ray, would be returning for another season in 2018 after considering retirement.

“S.J. had a remarkable season last year and was a huge part of our team’s success,” Argos general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. “He is a fierce competitor and brings veteran leadership to our locker room. We are excited to welcome him back for another two seasons and reunite the remarkable Ray-Green connection in 2018.”

Coming off a devastating season-ending knee injury in 2016, Green completely bounced back in 2017. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder was the CFL’s second-leading pass catcher, hauling in 104 passes for 1,462 yards (a career-high) and 10 touchdowns and was named a CFL and East Division All-Star.

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Argos SB SJ Green and head coach Marc Trestman celebrate after Toronto’s improbable comeback win over Calgary last November in the 105th grey Cup presented by Shaw (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca).

Before he was traded to the Argonauts for a sixth-round pick in the 2017 CFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2018 CFL Draft, Green spent 10 seasons with the Alouettes. The South Florida alum played in 116 regular season games in Montreal, collecting 6,626 yards and 42 touchdowns.

The 32-year-old won his third Grey Cup in 2017 with the Argonauts – the first two he won back-to-back (2009, 2010) with Montreal.

Green was an essential part of the Argonauts Grey Cup run in 2017 as a steady hand for quarterback Ricky Ray to rely on. He led the team in catches (104), targets (169), yards (1,462) and touchdowns (10).