Armanti Edwards signs with Eskimos, returns to CFL after XFL suspends season


Toronto Argonauts' Armanti Edwards, right, is tackled by Edmonton Eskimos' Korey Jones during first half CFL football action. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

Armanti Edwards is returning to the CFL after agreeing to a deal with the Edmonton Eskimos, the team announced Friday.

The receiver signed with the Dallas Renegades of the XFL after putting up a career-high 1,014 yards and seven touchdowns with the Toronto Argonauts in 2019. He also was a part of the Argos’ 2017 Grey Cup-winning team.

The 32-year-old is the first XFL player to sign with a CFL team since the league suspended operations Friday.

Before joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2016, Edwards had stints in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers. He was selected in the third round (89th overall) by the Panthers in the 2010 NFL Draft, appearing in 35 games across three seasons.

During his college career, Edwards was the starting quarterback at Appalachian State University, recording 10,392 passing yards and 74 touchdowns, while adding 4,361 yards and 65 TDs on the ground.

The South Carolina native became the first player in NCAA Division I history to throw for more than 10,000 yards and rush for more than 4,000 yards. Edwards was also the first college player to win the Walter Payton Award in consecutive seasons as the FCS’s most outstanding offensive player.

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