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Argonauts ink former No. 1 pick Steve Morley

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2007 | 11:54 PM ET

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The Toronto Argonauts confirmed Tuesday that they inked hulking offensive lineman Steve Morley, who was drafted first overall in 2003.

Contract terms were not disclosed.


Halifax's Steve Morley played seven games for the N.Y. Jets in 2005.

(Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

"I'm ecstatic to return to the CFL," Morley said. "Coming to Toronto with the history and tradition of the Argos really means a lot."

Morley, 25, was released June 1 by the Seattle Seahawks, who signed him on Jan. 18.

"Steve is a ratio changer who will give [head coach Mike Clemons] and his staff incredible flexibility in assembling the final roster," Argonauts assistant general manager Greg Mohns said in a statement released Tuesday.

"We will now have an opportunity to start four Canadians on the offensive line in the future. His size, athleticism and experience in both the CFL and NFL will bode well for our entire offence, and we look forward to seeing him complement the talent we have up front."

Morley, a six-foot-seven, 330-pound offensive tackle, was taken first overall by the Calgary Stampeders in the 2003 CFL draft after winning four Atlantic Conference titles and two Vanier Cups with the St. Mary's Huskies.

The Halifax native started nine of 11 games at left tackle for the Stampeders and, after a failed tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs, inked a free-agent contract with the Green Bay Packers on Feb. 3, 2004.

He remained on Green Bay's roster, making one appearance, until allocated to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe for a 10-game stint in 2005.

The Packers traded him to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick on Sept. 3, 2005, and he played seven games with the Jets before being waived a year later.

With files from the Canadian Press

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What did we wind up giving up for him? Another wasted pick.

We gave up 7th round (#235) this year for Morley, but got the pick back:

The New York Jets traded their second-round selection (63rd overall, used to select Brandon Jackson), their third-round selection (89th overall, used to select Aaron Rouse), and their second sixth-round selection (191st overall, used to select Korey Hall) to Green Bay for their second-round selection (47th overall, used to select David Harris) and their seventh-round selection (235th overall, used to select Chansi Stuckey).

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Probably not too different from being a fan of minor league baseball or local college sports. You end up liking it for what it is rather than what it isn't.

POTW nom

Great description, wish more fans would enjoy sports outside of the major sports leagues

But too many are front runners and can only enjoy the top level of a sport

you might actually be entertained... unless its the CFL.. that sucks :P

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I wonder what it's like to be a fan of a league that is second tier to another..

It's not second tier in Canada. It is the NFL to Canada. It's not like people going to Ducks games on Long Island but also being Mets or Yankees fans or going to a Dragons game on LI.

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