The Toronto Argonauts of the CFL acquired receiver Armanti Edwards, a former Appalachian State star, in exchange for offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski on Saturday.
Training camps for CFL teams began Sunday.
Edwards, 29, started in three of his four appearances last year in his CFL debut with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, making 19 catches for 231 yards and one touchdown during a three-game winning streak that occurred before he suffered a season-ending thumb injury in October.
As a dual-threat quarterback, Edwards won two national titles at App State while completing his college career in 2009 with a school-record 10,392 passing yards, 4,361 rushing yards and a combined 139 touchdowns. Prior to signing with Saskatchewan last year, he spent four seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers, who selected him in the third round (89th overall) of the 2010 NFL draft.
Last season, CFL veteran Ricky Ray (Sacramento State) led Toronto with 15 touchdown passes, but Drew Willy (Buffalo) started late in the year. The Argonauts hired Marc Trestman as their head coach in late February, bringing in a former CFL head coach and N.C. State assistant who was the Chicago Bears' head coach when Edwards spent part of preseason camp with the team in 2014.
Much more of an urban setting, Toronto is nearly 1,700 miles from Saskatchewan, which played about two hours from the Montana and North Dakota borders. Edwards' former team and current team both went 5-13 last season, and Toronto made significant roster changes.
The Argonauts lost slot receivers Kenny Shaw (77 catches for team-leading 1,004 yards) and Diontae Spencer (second on team with 706 receiving yards). Stephen Hill, who spent 2014 and 2015 with the Carolina Panthers, signed with Toronto last month.