FA13: Tiger-Cats release veteran RB Avon Cobourne | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

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HAMILTON – The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released veteran tailback Avon Cobourne today, clearing some space in what could have been a crowded backfield this season.

Cobourne re-joined the ‘Cats during training camp last year after being cut in the previous off-season.  However, the emergence of speedster Chevon Walker and the likely return of Martell Mallett made the former Montreal Alouette expendable.

“We’d like to thank Avon for his professionalism and hard work during his time as a member of our organization.  We appreciate everything Avon gave to the team and wish him the best in the future,” said Vice President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin.

Cobourne filled in admirably last season following Mallett’s unexpected injury in training camp, rushing for 737 yards and 2 touchdowns on 124 carries.  He also made 32 catches for 337 yards and 2 majors.

A former Grey Cup MVP (2009), Cobourne has rushed for a career total of 4,999 yards and 37 touchdowns he has also added over 2,000 yards and 7 touchdowns through the air.


Fan Comments
Here's a player for Edmonton to add to their RB Juggling act!!
February 21, 2013 - 2:52pm
Dave Saj
I'm disappointed to see him go. I was hoping to see live this year at a Ti-Ctas game again. I wish him well and hope he plays some where in the CFL next year!
February 19, 2013 - 10:59pm
wild horse
What's this, the 4th time they've released Avon? I generally don't mind the Ti-Cats (not like I hate the Argos), but they've treated Avon in a shoddy manner ever since they were so thrilled to get him off the Als. The Ti-Cats don't know what they want!!
February 19, 2013 - 3:34pm
wild horse
It's more insulting than releasing him??!!
February 19, 2013 - 11:41am
IMO - yes. Asking him to stay with the team and work for peanuts on the chance that he MIGHT get to play, is an insult. He did ask for his release last season after Mallett was signed, knowing his days were numbered regardless of how well he could still play. He now has the option of going on with post-football life or possibly being picked up by another team which given his age may not be too likely unless there are some big injuries at some point.
February 19, 2013 - 4:18pm
wild horse
This a pointless argument BUT There are all kinds of good players on practice rosters.
February 20, 2013 - 12:30pm
There's two t's in Mallett. http://cfl.ca/roster/show/id/4769
February 19, 2013 - 9:42am
Thanks Cobourne for always being the consummate professional, backing up your chatter with your good play and your leadership on and off the field.
wild horse - Practice roster - you have to be kidding - that would be an insult to a good player!
February 18, 2013 - 9:52pm
wild horse
I'd keep him on my practice roster just for his enthusiasm.
February 18, 2013 - 11:46am
hated himin montreal becuz of his mouth, respected him in hamilton becuz of him humility....if mallett is a flop, they will be begging him to come back, as chevy is a gimmick that avoids contact at all costs
February 17, 2013 - 7:16am
als rule
what a crock!! "avoids contact at all costs" sounds like AF4L31!! LOL LOL LOL
February 17, 2013 - 4:26pm
insiteful as always
February 17, 2013 - 9:24pm
Chevon or Avon? Who knows?
February 17, 2013 - 2:10am
Great player! Gave his all for the Cats. Feel a little bad for him and the way things have finished for him. Dont think he has any desire to play anywhere else.... will probably retire and back to insurance. Cheers Avon.
February 17, 2013 - 12:16am
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