Argonauts add one other offensive weapon in speedster Brandon Banks


TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts added one other free-agent offensive weapon Sunday in former Tiger-Cat receiver Brandon (Speedy B) Banks.

The 34-year-old Banks spent the final eight seasons in Hamilton, a receiving and return risk who was named the CFL’s most excellent participant in 2019 and prime special-teams participant in 2015.

He left the membership in late January, saying he “will at all times bleed black and gold.”

Maybe, however now he’ll put on Double Blue, together with former Winnipeg star working again Andrew Harris.

“We wish to welcome Brandon and his household to Toronto and couldn’t be extra excited for him to affix the group,” Argos coach Ryan Dinwiddie stated in a press release.

“Brandon provides us a ball in hand receiver and a vertical risk to our passing recreation, whereas offering veteran management. What he’s completed on this league is phenomenal and we’re thrilled he’ll be in Double Blue.”

Banks is a four-time CFL all-star (2014, ’15, ’18, ’19) and six-time East all-star (2014-19).

The five-foot-seven speedster performed 111 video games as a Ticat and ranks first in franchise historical past in kick return yards (3,773), punt return yards (3,049), missed subject objective return yards (779) and missed subject objective return touchdowns (5).

He stands second amongst Hamilton gamers in whole touchdowns (62), mixed yards (13,686) and punt return touchdowns (7) and inside the highest eight in receptions (442), receiving yards (5,678) and receiving touchdowns (44).

A special-teams dynamo early in his profession, Banks transitioned right into a wideout risk. He had his first 1,000-yard receiving season in 2017 with 1,011 yards, including a then-career-high eight touchdowns via the air.

He adopted that up with 1,423 receiving yards and 11 TDs in 2018 and 1,550 yards and 13 TDs in his MOP 2019 season.

A rib damage restricted Banks to 10 video games within the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, which noticed his offensive output drop to 474 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

He scored a landing in his closing recreation with the Ticats, a heartbreaking 33-25 loss at house to Winnipeg within the 108th Gray Cup.

Previous to coming to Canada, the North Carolina native and Kansas State alum performed three seasons with Washington’s NFL staff (2010-12) the place he noticed motion in 41 video games and tallied over 2,800 kick return yards and a return landing.

Hamilton defensive lineman J’Gared Davis has additionally signed with the Argos as a free agent.

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