February 26, 2021

Argos, Bear Woods agree to restructured deal


TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts announced on Friday that the team has agreed to a restructured contract with American LB Bear Woods.

“Bear is the ultimate teammate with a work ethic that is unmatched,” said Argos Linebackers coach Kevin Eiben. “He is as professional as they come and his knowledge of the game mixed with his preparedness and competitiveness is an incredible resource for our younger guys to learn from. On top of all that, Bear is one of the best tacklers I have ever been around, we’re lucky to have him.”

Woods, 34, will play be playing his fourth season in Double Blue after coming to Toronto in 2017 via free agency from Montreal. The seven-year CFL veteran re-joined the Argos in late July 2019, playing in three games while recording at least seven tackles in each contest, including 10 in a win vs Ottawa in Week 13.

The Troy University product has racked up 144 tackles and three sacks in 24 games in his Toronto career. Woods began his CFL career in Montreal (2013-2016) where he would go on to earn two CFL All-Star nods (2014, 2016) and the East nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2016 after recording the sixth-most tackles in a season in CFL history with 126. The 2017 Grey Cup champion now has 376 defensive tackles, 15 sacks, three interceptions and six forced fumbles in 64 games for his career.

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