The CFL club added defensive lineman Adriano Belli to its practice roster Wednesday.
Belli, dubbed "The Kissing Bandit'' because he routinely kisses people he meets on the cheek, retired from the CFL prior to the 2011 campaign after 10 seasons, spending his final four years with the Argos.
And in typical fashion, the colourful Belli made his retirement announcement aboard a tall ship dressed as a sailor.
"We searched the CFL for a Canadian defensive lineman that would fit our system," Argos GM Jim Barker said in a statement. "We felt that if Adriano wanted to play and was in good shape, then he could be that guy for us.
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"We're happy to have him join our practice roster and be back in Double Blue."
The 35-year-old Belli was a CFL all-star in '05 and twice an East Division all-star (2005, '07) and won a Grey Cup in 2002 with Montreal. He appeared in 140 career games, registering 209 tackles and 28 sacks. Last year, the Toronto native helped Canada win a silver medal at the senior world football championship in Austria.
"I truly think CFL quarterbacks missed me, and I missed them," Belli said. "I feel like a rookie again.
"My body feels great and I'm ready to play. Playing in the world championship last year reminded me how much I love the game, and I think this Argos team has a real chance to be in the Grey Cup game right in here my hometown."
The Argos also signed linebacker Jerome Boyd and receiver Chansi Stuckey while releasing offensive lineman Jake Anderson, kicker-punter Josh Jasper and defensive linemen Ayanga Okpokowuruk from the practice roster.