Vanderjagt gets release from Argos

Updated: May 28, 2009, 3:10 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Mike Vanderjagt has given the Toronto Argonauts the boot.

The Canadian football team announced Thursday it has granted Vanderjagt his request to be released, though the former Colts kicker said he's not necessarily retiring.

"I enjoy my life out of the spotlight," he said. "I thoroughly appreciate all the Argonauts have done for me over the course of my career both before my time in the NFL and after. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the organization."

Vanderjagt is the NFL's most accurate kicker, having made 86.4 percent of his field-goal tries. In 2003, he hit all 37 attempts, won the AFC scoring title and was picked for the Pro Bowl. He was also the NFL's scoring leader in '99, just his second season in the league.

"Having been born and raised in southern Ontario, I appreciate the feeling the fans there gave me of always being home," he said. "Instead of retiring, I have asked for my release to leave my options open in case my feelings change."

A native of Oakville, Ontario, Vanderjagt helped the Argos win consecutive Grey Cup titles in 1996 and '97 before signing with Indianapolis. He returned to the Argos last season after being released by the Dallas Cowboys late in the 2006 season.


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