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Whatever happened to Armanti Edwards? Former Panther ready to roll with new CFL team

At Toronto, Edwards will join a club that is rebuilding its receiving corps under a veteran quarterback and a former Chicago Bears head coach who has won two Grey Cup championships in Canada.
At Toronto, Edwards will join a club that is rebuilding its receiving corps under a veteran quarterback and a former Chicago Bears head coach who has won two Grey Cup championships in Canada. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Armanti Edwards is on the move again.

The former Carolina Panthers wide receiver and special-teams project and Appalachian State quarterback is now playing in the Canadian Football League.

The 5-11, 190-pound receiver was traded from the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the Toronto Argonauts for an offensive lineman, the teams disclosed Saturday.

At Toronto, Edwards will join a club that is rebuilding its receiving corps under a veteran quarterback and a former Chicago Bears head coach who has won two Grey Cup championships in Canada.

Edwards started at receiver in three games and played in a fourth for the Roughriders last season, pulling in 19 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown. His season ended with a thumb injury in October. (The CFL regular season runs through early November.)

Edwards says “it always feels great to be wanted,” when asked about the trade in a video posted on the Argos website.

Toronto quarterback Ricky Ray, fourth in CFL history with 54,833 passing yards, is a “future hall of famer,” Edwards said. “I know what he’s capable of. ... I just can’t wait to get to work with him.”

Edwards has played for the Argonauts’ head coach, Marc Trestman, the Bears' head coach when Edwards spent part of preseason camp in Chicago in 2014. Trestman was the CFL coach of the year in 2009 and won two Grey Cup championships with the Montreal Alouettes.

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Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Armanti Edwards, playing in the CFL, has been traded to the Toronto Argonauts. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Trestman came to Toronto in February with Argos general manager Jim Popp, a North Carolina native who lives in Mooresville. Trestman also has North Carolina ties, he was offensive coordinator at N.C. State in 2005-2006, where he helped recruit future Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Edwards spent four seasons in the NFL with the Panthers, Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears. In 41 games in the NFL, the Greenwood, South Carolina native caught six passes for 131 yards.

Edwards led Appalachian State to two FCS national championships, racking up a school-record 10,392 passing yards, 4,361 rushing yards and a combined 139 touchdowns. He’s still probably best known as the quarterback that led the Mountaineers to their epic upset of Michigan in 2007.

At Toronto, Edwards will join another former Panthers wide receiver, Stephen Hill.

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Armanti Edwards is probably best known as the quarterback that led the Appalachian State Mountaineers to their epic upset of Michigan in 2007. Duane Burleson AP

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