Argos bring back Parker

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

The Argonauts hope the fourth time is the charm for Byron Parker.

The Argos announced on Tuesday the signings of Parker, a cornerback who will embark on his fourth stint with the Boatmen, and offensive lineman Cedric Gagne-Marcoux.

"It's good to be back," Parker said.

Free agency in the Canadian Football League opened at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Argos managed to lock up one of their own free agents, re-signing receiver P.K. Sam.

Argos head coach Jim Barker likes players who live on the edge, and Parker is just that. A master at reading offences, Parker is a feared defender who loves nothing more than to show off his ability to make interceptions.

Parker had been the CFL property of the Argos since 2005, but left twice for the NFL, trying out for the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 and the Philadelphia Eagles last season. In 2009, he eventually joined the Argos for two games before he was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos. Parker’s style didn’t fit with what Bart Andrus wanted, and he was gone. The handling of Parker was just one of many strange episodes in Andrus’ only season running the Argos from the sideline.

Gagne-Marcoux, who spent the past three years with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, adds depth to a line that struggled last year, despite the signings of Dominic Picard and Rob Murphy.


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