The Toronto Argonauts have signed import LB/DS Derrick Ballard, CB Samuel Joseph and DB Lin-J Shell to contracts.
The team also announced today that wide receiver Keith Stokes has been released.
Ballard was a World Bowl champion under Bart Andrus and Richard Kent and experienced some of his most productive football for three seasons as both a cornerback and a safety for the Amsterdam Admirals. He distinguished himself in Europe by recording the longest fumble return for touchdown in NFL Europa history, 95 yards, and winning the World Bowl in 2005.
Joseph played two seasons and 17 games as a corner at Louisiana State University (LSU). He went on to attend training camp with the San Francisco 49ers and was released as a final cut.
Lin-J Shell graduated from Jacksonville University and made an unlikely entry into the pros via the Orlando Predators (AFL). He participated in Orlando's open tryout and beat out 300 other participants to earn a roster spot.
He quickly advanced from backup to starter and shifted between the AFL and NFL Europa. Shell has been a consistent performer on the defensive side of the ball, totalling over 200 tackles and 5 interceptions in each of the last two seasons in the Arena League.