After back-to-back 1,000+ yard rushing seasons and solid start to 2012, running back Cory Boyd was shockingly released by the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday. The surprising move came with the Argos off to a 3-3 start, tied for first in the East Division, and with Boyd leading CFL in rushing yards with 447.
Just after noon on Sunday, Boyd, an avid Twitter user, Cory Boyd. (The Canadian Press)posted an ominous photo of his Argos' locker without any comment. Minutes later the press release announcing his release came from the Argonauts.
"I would like to thank Cory for his many contribution to our club over the past few years," Argonauts general manager Jim Barker said in a statement. "Releasing a player mid-season is never an easy thing to do and this decision was not made overnight."
Boyd burst on to the CFL scene in 2010 when he ran for 1,359 yards as a rookie, the second-highest total in the league, and led the surprising Argonauts to a 9-9 record and a berth in the division finals.
But under Barker, the Argos' coach for his first two CFL seasons, he was often used sparingly despite his talent and impressive numbers. Even in 2011 with the team struggling, the relationship between Barker and Boyd seemed fractured, with Barker even refusing to give him credit for strong performances.
[ Photos: Former Argos running back Cory Boyd ]
That strain combined with the Argos' 2012 pass-focused offence under new coach Scott Milanovich and quarterback Ricky Ray perhaps led to Boyd's release. Boyd strength is as a straight-ahead runner, while the Argos appeared to want a pass-blocking and pass-catching running back.Read More »from Argonauts release running back Cory Boyd, the CFL’s leading rusher