Argos’ Monroe, Smith Announce retirement
TORONTO — The Argos’ defence will be minus a pair of veterans when training camp opens Sunday, as international defensive lineman Andre Monroe and defensive back Devin Smith have announced their retirement.
Monroe joined the Argos in December in a trade with Saskatchewan that sent offensive lineman Jarriel King to the Riders, while Smith was set to enter his second season wearing Double Blue after last year recording 54 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a CFL rookie.
A native of Washington, D.C., Monroe had yet to play a game in his new colours but was expected to play a role on the team’s revamped defensive line. The 5-foot-11, 270-pound interior lineman enjoyed a strong debut season with the Riders, recording four sacks, 15 defensive tackles and a pair of forced fumbles in only eight games.