Argonauts re-sign veteran RB Brandon Whitaker

Toronto Argonauts running back Brandon Whitaker (3). (Peter Power/CP)

TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts re-signed free-agent running back Brandon Whitaker on Wednesday.

Whitaker joined the Argos on June 21, 2015 following six seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. The five-foot-10, 200-pound Whitaker was second in the East Division in rushing with 636 yards on 121 carries (5.3-yard average) and three TDs while adding 53 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns.

"Brandon Whitaker is one of the best all-around running backs in our game," Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich said in a statement. "He is an elusive runner with great hands in the passing game.

"We are thrilled to have him return to us."

Whitaker, a two-time Grey Cup champion, has rushed for 4,009 career yards and 15 touchdowns while adding 247 catches for 2,099 yards and 16 TDs. He was a CFL all-star in 2011.

The Argos also dealt American offensive lineman Bruce Campbell to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for a 2016 fourth-round pick and rights to a negotiations list player. The six-foot-five, 317-pound Campbell started 15 regular-season games and the East Division semifinal last year with Toronto.