Argos send Ivory packing

Toronto Argonauts management continued to slash payroll Monday, cutting loose defensive back Clifford Ivory after five seasons with the CFL team.

Clifford Ivory finds himself looking elsewhere after spending the past five Canadian Football League seasons in Toronto.

The Argonauts cut the defensive back on Monday as management continued to position itself to deal with the league's new salary management system to be enforced in 2007.

On Friday, linebacker Antonious Bonner, standout defensive end Eric England and four others were released in an effort to trim the payroll, which can't exceed $4.05 million.

Ivory, 31, had his least productive season as an Argonaut last season, posting 32 defensive tackles— the lowest since 2001 when he had 25 for Hamilton— two interceptions and one fumble recovery in 14 games.

However, the three-time CFL all-star had his playing time cut dramatically, due in part to the emergence of younger players in the backfield.

Ivory, a veteran of seven CFL seasons, was also bothered by an injury for part of the campaign.

A sixth-round pick of the NFL's San Diego Chargers in 1998, Ivory signed a free-agent contract with the Argonauts in February 2002 following two seasons in Hamilton.

It has been a busy last week for Toronto, which also hired former Calgary Stampeders offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto.