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Drew Willy Traded to Argos Immediately Following Win
Immediately after their win in the Labour Day rematch against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Toronto Argonauts announced their part in a blockbuster trade that saw veteran quarterback Drew Willy traded by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in return for a player and two draft picks.
The team stated, “The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has acquired 29-year-old veteran international quarterback Drew Willy from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in exchange for international defensive back TJ Heath, a first round selection in the 2017 CFL Draft and a third round selection in the 2018 CFL Draft.”
Right after beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, snapping a four-game losing skid, the Argos traded for Drew willy, sending away Heath and two draft picks for the former Winnipeg starter. Heath had two interceptions in his the just-finished game against Hamilton.
Willy will be the fourth starting quarterback for the Argos this season if he gets the nod from Milanovich this season.
Meanwhile, the Montreal Alouettes traded quarterback Kevin Glenn to Winnipeg to shore up the westerners’ sideline in return for a fourth-round draft pick.
The text of the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers press releases follow.
Press Release from the Toronto Argonauts
TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has acquired 29-year-old veteran international quarterback Drew Willy from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in exchange for international defensive backTJ Heath, a first round selection in the 2017 CFL Draft and a third round selection in the 2018 CFL Draft.
“By making this trade, not only have we added depth to the quarterback position for this season, but we have added a young, talented and experienced quarterback for the future,” said Jim Barker, General Manager of the Argonauts.
Willy signed with Winnipeg in 2014 as a highly sought after free agent after winning the Grey Cup as a backup quarterback with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2013. In his first season as a starter for the Blue Bombers, Willy completed 64% of his passes for 3,769 yards, 14 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, led the CFL with six 300-passing-yard games en route to being named the Bombers’ Most Outstanding Player. In 2015, Willy had the best start of his young career, throwing for 1,434 yards, eight touchdowns and just three interceptions in leading the Bombers to a 3-3 record before getting injured in Week 7 that would see him miss the remainder of the year.
In five starts this season, Willy completed 72% of his passes for 1,473 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions.
“Drew has all of the abilities we look for in a quarterback – leadership, poise, accuracy and a strong arm,” said Head Coach Scott Milanovich. “We have watched Drew play a lot over the years and have liked him for quite some time. We think he has a ton of potential to be a very good player for us for years to come.”
The 6’4”, 240-pound quarterback from the University of Buffalo is playing in his fifth season in the CFL. The native of Randolph, New Jersey was originally signed by the Roughriders in February, 2012.
Press release from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
WINNIPEG, MB., September 11, 2016 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has acquired the Toronto Argonauts’ first round pick in the 2017 CFL Draft, the Argos’ third round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft, and International defensive back TJ Heath, in exchange for quarterback Drew Willy. Winnipeg has also traded their fourth round pick in the 2017 CFL Draft to Montreal in exchange for quarterback Kevin Glenn.
“The opportunity to acquire a first round pick next year along with a player we have really liked this season in TJ Heath, and an experienced quarterback in Kevin Glenn was something we needed to strongly evaluate,” said General Manager Kyle Walters. “Ultimately, for a variety of factors, we felt this was the right move for our football team, both short and long term. We sincerely thank Drew Willy for his hard work, professionalism and dedication to our program over the past two plus seasons.”
Heath (6-0, 190, Jacksonville State, September 11, 1987 in Alexandria, AL) is in his first CFL season, having played in ten games (nine starts) at halfback for Toronto. Heath has recorded a team-high five interceptions and 37 defensive tackles with the Argos. His five interceptions are tied for the league lead with Bombers linebacker Maurice Leggett. Heath signed with Toronto in May 2016 after stints in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants over the last five seasons. In four seasons at Jacksonville State, he had 145 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, 10 interceptions (three of which were returned for touchdowns), three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two blocked kicks and 25 pass breakups.
Glenn (5-10, 205, Illinois State, June 12, 1979 in Detroit, MI) is a veteran of 16 CFL seasons. He has started nine games with Montreal this season, completing 222 of his 314 passes for 2,547 yards and 13 touchdowns. Throughout his career, Glenn has played 250 games, throwing for 48,766 yards and 270 touchdowns. He has led two teams to Grey Cup appearances, including one with Winnipeg in 2007.
Glenn sits third on the Bombers all-time passing yardage list at 18,116 and fifth on the club’s all-time passing touchdowns list. He led the club in passing for five straight seasons (2004-2008), and was the East Division Most Outstanding Player in 2007.