Argos ink MOC finalist Gittens Jr. to three-year extension
The Toronto Argonauts announced Friday they have re-signed 2022 Most Outstanding Canadian finalist Kurleigh Gittens Jr. to a three-year contract.
We've re-signed 🇨🇦 All-Star WR Kurleigh Gittens Jr. (@KurleighG)— Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) February 3, 2023
Gittens deal will pay him 200k in 2023, 210k in 2024, 215k in 2025. It includes a 55k signing bonus & a 50k guarantee in 2025. He is now the 2nd highest paid receiver in #CFL for 2023, behind Whitehead (205k), for now. Demski, Lawler, Lewis, still to come. #Argos @CFLonTSN https://t.co/zX7niVRfhu— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) February 4, 2023
TSN's Farhan Lalji reports that the deal will pay Gittens $200,000 in 2023, $210,000 in 2024 and $215,000 in 2025, including a $55,000 signing bonus and $50,000 guarantee in 2025. He is now the second-highest paid receiver in the CFL for 2023, behind only Lucky Whitehead ($205,000) of the BC Lions.
The 25-year-old finished the 2022 campaign fifth in receptions (81), sixth in receiving yards (1,101), first in yards after the catch (483) and tied for seventh in touchdown receptions (5). He was the Argonauts' nominee for MOC for the second season in a row, was the East Division's nominee, and was named a CFL All-Star for the first time in his career.
Gittens was the runner-up for the MOC award, with BC Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke taking home the honour.
A native of Ottawa, Ont., Gittens led all Canadian receivers in yards and receptions and is only the fourth Canadian pass-catcher to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season in the last decade.
The 23rd overall pick by the Argonauts in 2019, Gittens has played in 44 regular season games for the club, hauling in 132 receptions for 1,716 yards and nine touchdowns.