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Argos release Orlondo Steinauer

Veteran safety Orlondo Steinauer has been released by the Toronto Argonauts, the club announced Monday.

Veteran safety Orlondo Steinauer has been released by the Toronto Argonauts, the club announced Monday.

Steinauer, 35, has been a CFL all-star five times with Toronto, including in the 2007 season. He had one interception so far this season.

"Sometimes in football, you are faced with having to make difficult decisions involving good people. Today is one of those times," Argos general manager Adam Rita said in a statement. "We believe this move will help us improve our secondary and ultimately win games. 

"We have some young talent on our roster, and we are looking forward to seeing them on the field."

Steinauer is the second veteran to depart in a matter of days, with quarterback Michael Bishop traded over the weekend to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Steinauer had recorded 30 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries since joining Toronto in 2001. His 49 career interceptions put him just outside of the CFL's all-time top 10 list.

He briefly played for Ottawa in 1996 and then spent three productive seasons with Hamilton before eventually landing with the Argonauts.

Steinauer has played on Grey Cup winners with Hamilton in 1999 and five years later with Toronto.

The Toronto Argonauts on Monday added import defensive back Pete Hunter to their practice roster.