Bad boy Mitchell good fit for Argos

New Argos lineman Khalif Mitchell, formerly of the B.C. Lions, has had his share of indiscretions...

New Argos lineman Khalif Mitchell, formerly of the B.C. Lions, has had his share of indiscretions both on and off the field. (Reuters/Files)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 AM ET

Three-down football is as much about second chances as any pass completion or interception.

In the CFL, no baggage is big enough, no reputation bad enough if the player in question fills an obvious need.

Under this backdrop, it’s not surprising to learn the defending Grey Cup champion Argonauts had acquired bad boy Khalif Mitchell from the B.C. Lions, a deal that was confirmed by the teams on Tuesday.

In exchange for the all-star defensive tackle, the Argos sent import defensive end Adrian Awasom and the rights to a negotiation-list player.

On the surface, it’s a steal from Toronto’s perspective, but at least the Lions aren’t left empty handed knowing full well the team was loaded on the defensive line of scrimmage.

In contrast, the Argos have been torn apart following the departures of Armond Armstead, Ricky Foley, Ejiro Kuale and Ronald Flemons, not to mention the retirement of Adriano Belli.


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