Argos announce signing of Lysack

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:50 AM ET

TORONTO - The Argonauts on Friday morning announced the signing of free-agent safety Wes Lysack.

The eight-year Canadian Football League veteran won a Grey Cup in 2008 with the Calgary Stampeders and last season was the recipient of the Tom Pate Award for sportsmanship and dedication to the game.

“Wes brings a veteran leadership to the Argos and has started a lot of games in this league,” Argos general manager/head coach Jim Barker said. “He is a smart, experienced player who knows the game and that knowledge can only help our defence and special teams. I have always been a big proponent of consistently upgrading Canadian talent and Wes goes a long way in helping us do that. As well, Wes has consistently done a lot of community work, winning the Tom Pate last year, and this is something our organization values.“

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Lysack likely will not be an every-down player for the Argos on defence, but his savvy should help.

“At this point in my career, it’s exciting to join a team that is moving forward in a positive direction,” said Lysack, who turns 33 on March 3.

“The Argos are on the verge of something really special and I consider myself fortunate and thankful to have an opportunity to be along for the ride. I trust, respect and believe in Jim Barker more than any other person in this league. I started my career with Jim in 2003 when he drafted me and now, I hope to end my career here with him and his team.”

The Argos also announced that they have released kicker Jamie Boreham.

And after much delay, the CFL will release on Friday the 2011 regular-season schedule.

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