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Paul Magloire signs one-year deal with Toronto Argonauts

Making his comeback in the CFL

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Former Arizona Wildcats linebacker Paul Magloire Jr. is set to rekindle his professional football career, agreeing to terms with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts for the 2018 season, signing a contract worth $75,000.

Magloire was a journeyman in the college ranks and eventually wound up at Arizona as a three-star junior college prospect hailing from powerhouse Arizona Western (Yuma, AZ).

In his first season at Arizona, he played significantly at spur and bandit, finishing second on the team in tackles (72).

He was converted to linebacker out of need in his second season, where he led the team in tackles (81), 5.5 of which were for a loss, and 2.5 sacks.

The 6-foot-1, 227 pound linebacker later went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, but ended up signing a 3-year, $1.6 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just hours after the draft.

After a few weeks of rookie mini camp, Magloire reaggrevated a groin/hamstring injury that he suffered against Oregon State in week 12 of his senior season.

He was waived on injury designation, subsequently sent to IR, and eventually cut from the team. He received an injury settlement from the Buccaneers, recouping a large chunk of his rookie contract.

Magloire has spent the past nine months with his family in Phoenix working a corporate job. Over the past few weeks, several NFL teams had expressed their interest in signing him to a futures contract, and multiple CFL teams have been calling, too.

The Argonauts showed strong commitment and came in with the best offer. He’ll use this opportunity to spring board back into the NFL, with the hopes of working his way up from a practice squad.

The Argonauts will be heading to IMG Academy for training camp and then head up to Toronto to begin their season on June 15 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.