Declan Cross signs 3 year extension with Toronto Argonauts

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Declan Cross
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 16: Kevin Jackson #40 and Adam Konar #38 of the Edmonton Eskimos tackle Declan Cross #38 of the Toronto Argonauts during a game at BMO field on September 16, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Toronto defeated Edmonton 36-24. (Photo by John E. Sokolowski/Getty Images)

Fullback Declan Cross has signed an extension to stay with the Toronto Argonauts. The deal keeps him in Double Blue until the end of 2020. Jim Popp addressed the media soon after the deal was finalized, saying that he was a big part of the team in 2017 and “a true team player who leads by example.”

Cross had one of the best individual performances of any CFL player this past season. Unlike most fullbacks, Cross found himself getting on the stat sheet very often. Head coach Marc Trestman saw fit to put Cross into a regular offensive role after seeing him in training camp, and the unorthodox move paid off spectacularly.

Declan Cross signs Three-Year extension with Toronto Argonauts

He registered 36 catches 366 receiving yards in the regular season. This put him 47th league-wide in that category. Cross had another 51 yards on six catches in two playoff games. He caught five touchdowns in the regular seasonĀ and scored both of Toronto’s two-point conversions in the Grey Cup game.

To put his phenomenal year in perspective, he had a total of 292 receiving yards in his entire four-year college career with the OUA’s McMaster Marauders. He also had 169 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns (two receiving, three rushing) in that span.

He was also named special teams captain this year, playing a big role in the punt cover team. Cross had seven special teams tackles, a slight upgrade on the six he registered the previous season. A native of Oakville, Ontario, Cross was drafted by Toronto in the fourth round (27th overall) in 2016. He has suited up for all 36 regular season and two playoff games in his first two seasons in the CFL.

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