Argos cut Ivory loose

The Toronto Argonauts released defensive back Clifford Ivory on Monday, one of many moves to trim...

The Toronto Argonauts released defensive back Clifford Ivory on Monday, one of many moves to trim the roster during the offseason. (Toronto Sun File/Debbie Holloway)

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

The Argos trimmed another thirty-something player from their roster yesterday, severing ties with veteran defensive back Clifford Ivory.

A three-time CFL all-star during his five seasons with the Boatmen, Ivory is arguably coming off his least productive campaign in Toronto.

The 31-year-old joins six others who were shown the door late last week as the team looks to get younger and reduce its payroll in advance of the 2007 season.

A sixth-round pick of the NFL's San Diego Chargers in 1998, Ivory was signed by the Argos as a free agent in February 2002 after ending a two-year stint with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Ivory was a fixture of the defensive backfield for his first three seasons as an Argo, earning all-star honours each year and a Grey Cup championship in 2004.

His playing time was cut dramatically this past season however as defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler rotated him in and out of the lineup. Ivory also was bothered by injury for part of the season.

DECISION MADE EASIER

The development of Khalil Carter at that position likely made the decision to release Ivory that much easier for general manager and vice-president of football operations, Adam Rita.

It has been a busy off-season thus far for the Argos.

The latest move came just three days after the team released six veterans as it positions itself to deal with the new $4.05 million CFL salary cap. Half of those released were defensive players.

And earlier last week, the team announced Steve Buratto as its new offensive co-ordinator.


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