TORONTO -- The Argonauts have welcomed an all-star receiver and have bid adieu to one of their most electrifying players.
Toronto has acquired Jeremaine Copeland from the Calgary Stampeders, while running back/kick return specialist Dominique Dorsey has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Argos sent receiver P.K. Sam to Calgary in exchange for Copeland.
Copeland is coming off a career year, after which he was named a CFL all-star. He caught 81 passes for 1,257 yards, good for fifth in the CFL, and 12 touchdowns.
This will be the fourth time Copeland and Argos head coach Jim Barker will work together. The two won an XFL championship in Los Angeles in 2001, won a Grey Cup in 2002 in Montreal and did the same in Calgary in 2008.
“Jeremaine is a productive receiver who brings a presence to our receiving corps,” Barker said. “I’ve won championships with him in three different cities and I don’t believe there is a player in the world who is better with a ball in the air than Jeremaine. Beyond his abilities as a receiver, he brings with him many intangibles. He will bring to our locker room and to the field the veteran leadership it takes to win.”
Copeland, entering his 10th CFL season, has caught 531 passes for 8,765 yards in his CFL career.
“Coach Barker is one person I do not mind following from team to team,” Copeland said. “I love him as a coach and a person and will always give my all for him. Toronto is great city which deserves to have a great CFL team. I believe I can contribute and help turn things around this year.”
With Dorsey gone, expect Amos Allen and Andre Durie to get long looks in camp as kick returners. Cornerback Byron Parker also could get some time at the position.
“There is no other Dominique Dorsey,” Barker said. “You wish you could have every great player, but you can’t.”
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, meanwhile, snapped up a pair of former Argos, signing free agent defensive backs Will Poole and Jason Shivers. Both had been with the Argos for the past two seasons.
“Will and Jason are great all-around players who will bring speed and aggressiveness to our defence,” Ticats general manager Bob O’Billovich said.