CFL

Argonauts release James Wilder Jr. after running back asks out

The Toronto Argonauts have granted running back James Wilder Jr., his request for a release.

Wilder Jr. helped the Argos to 2017 Grey Cup title

Toronto's James Wilder Jr. jumps in the air as he runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Ottawa Redblacks. Per his request, the Argonauts running back was released on Monday. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press )

The Toronto Argonauts have granted running back James Wilder Jr., his request for a release.

Wilder spent three seasons with the CFL club, rushing for 2,027 yards and nine touchdowns over 44 games. He added 1,487 yards and five touchdowns receiving.

He had a breakout season in 2017 when he was named the CFL's top rookie. He had 872 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and added 533 yards though the air in the regular season and added 362 total yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs, including a rushing TD in Toronto's Grey Cup victory over Calgary.

He had 464 yards and a touchdown rushing and 415 receiving yards and a career-high four touchdowns receiving this past season as the Argos struggled to a 4-14 record.

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