TORONTO — Less than two years after being traded away, all-star defensive halfback T.J. Heath is on his way back to Toronto, signing a deal with the Argos on Wednesday.
Heath will be a welcome addition to a Toronto secondary that is being reworked through free agency. Despite re-upping with the likes of Cassius Vaughn, Matt Black and Jermaine Gabriel, the Boatmen have lost versatile defensive back Mitchell White to free agency.
“T.J. is a proven playmaker who has played at a very high level since arriving in the CFL,” said Argos GM Jim Popp. “We’re excited to add another talented defensive back and ball-hawk like T.J. to the secondary.”
The third-year defensive half back was listed at no. 8 on CFL.ca’s Top 30 Pending Free Agents List.
Heath had his most productive season in 2017, picking off five passes, collecting 64 tackles, one sack and scoring a touchdown.
The 30-year-old split the 2016 season between the Toronto Argonauts and Blue Bombers after he was sent to Winnipeg in the Drew Willy trade.
In his first 10 games with the Argos, the six-foot-one, 181-pound defensive back collected 37 tackles, three special teams tackles and five interceptions. The Alexandria, Atl. Native then played six games with the Bombers and tallied 14 tackles, two special teams tackles and two interceptions.
Heath is a two-time CFL and West Division All-Star, earning the status in 2016 and 2017.