TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts released veteran defensive back Lin-J Shell on Thursday.

“Lin-J has been a great player for us but with a new defensive scheme and philosophy planned for this season and operating within the salary management system, he is no longer a fit for our team," general manager Jim Barker said in a statement. "We would like to thank Lin-J for his contributions and wish him continued success.”

Shell joined the Argonauts in 2009 and appeared in 53 regular-season games and two playoff contests over that span. He registered 222 career tackles, seven interceptions, four sacks and seven fumble recoveries.

He was Toronto's outstanding rookie in 2009 and was an East Division all-star the last two seasons.