Of the cuts that Jim Barker made on Sunday afternoon, one sliced deeper than the others.
The Argonauts head coach bid adieu to eight players, including import receiver Jason Carter, who started nine games for the Argos in 2009 and was second on the team with 535 receiving yards.
"Jason has done everything," Barker said. "He has not missed a practice. He's a warrior and I would have loved to have kept him, but it was just the position he plays. We just didn't feel like he was going to fit in well. That one was very difficult."
Part of what made Carter expendable is that he was coming out of the slotback position, and non-import Andre Durie has been pegged as a starter since the beginning of camp.
"He plays the same spot as Durie," Barker said. "Andre has done very well and we're excited about him, which makes it a ratio type of thing."
Otherwise, there were no surprises among the cuts. Gone are four non-imports: Linebackers Brad Crawford and Kyle Jones, long-snapper Anthony Lukca and offensive lineman Michael Warner. Also released were three other imports: Linebacker Greg Blue, defensive back Ahmaad Smith and defensive tackle Quartez Vickerson.
CFL teams must submit their 46-man rosters to the league's office by 3 p.m., on Thursday. Barker still has a handful of cuts to make, and can place seven players on the practice roster to start the season.
The Argos return to the gridiron for practice on Tuesday, and it is expected they will be joined by punter and placekicker Jamie Boreham. He has not played since Week 13 last season because of a herniated disc in his neck.
"Hopefully, we will get it worked out and he will be on the field on Tuesday," Barker said.