Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver Ryan Smith has announced his retirement.
Smith amassed 488 yards on 53 receptions for one touchdown in 11 games in the 2016 season. His best performance came in the Western semifinal against the BC Lions, where he posted 106 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions.
Smith joined the Bombers in February 2016 as a free agent after spending his first two CFL seasons with Saskatchewan. He led the Riders with 991 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2015.
He finishes his CFL career with 1,638 yards and eight touchdowns on 125 receptions over 35 games.
“Although this was an extremely difficult decision, it is one that I am ultimately comfortable with,” Smith said in a release issued Friday by the team. “I have the opportunity to pursue interests outside of football, and I just feel this is the time for me to step away. I would truly like to thank the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, my teammates, the CFL, and the fans of the Blue Bombers.”
The Toronto Argonauts released veteran defensive end Ricky Foley on Friday.
The six-foot-two, 258-pound Foley was in his second stint with Toronto. He joined the Argos in 2010 and remained through the 2012 season before spending the 2013 ad 2014 campaigns with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Argos made the move official in a statement. But before that, Foley took to social media to release the news.
“Released via text message by the assistant GM smh…Way to keep it classy #Argos,” he tweeted.
Foley rejoined the Argos in 2015. The 34-year-old native of Courtice, Ont., played in 76 career regular-season games and five playoff contests with Toronto, registering 184 tackles, 20 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
He was named the top Canadian in Toronto’s 35-22 win over Calgary in the 100th Grey Cup game at Rogers Centre in 2012. A three-time CFL champion, Foley was the league’s top Canadian in 2009 while with the B.C. Lions.