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HAMILTON -- He had some options, but Canadian linebacker Craig Butler has decided to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the club announced today.

Butler, 25, was the sixth ranked free agent on CFL.ca's Top 20 list.

The Western University product arrives in Hamilton after spending the last three seasons with the Roughriders. He was selected in the second round of the 2011 CFL Draft by the Riders.

Butler started at safety in his first professional season, registering 47 tackles, one sack and five interceptions. Since then, he's made the transition to linebacker and has excelled in the front seven as well.

Last season saw Butler collect a career-best 60 tackles, three sacks, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries, en-route to helping the Riders win the 101st Grey Cup on home soil.

Meanwhile, the Ticats also signed offensive lineman Steve Myddelton.

Myddelton, a 6-3, 305-pound native of Barrie, Ontario, began his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders after they selected him with the 30th overall pick in the 2009 CFL Draft. 

He played in 37 games over three-and-a-half seasons with the Stamps before being dealt to the B.C. Lions on August 5, 2013. Myddelton suited up in 12 games with the Lions last year.  

Before turning pro, Myddelton played four seasons (2005-08) at St. Francis Xavier, where he was named a two-time AUS All-Star, a CIS All-Canadian and was nominated for the J.P. Metras Trophy as the AUS Lineman of the Year.  

Fan Comments
February 12, 2014 - 7:42am
why are the riders not spending any money and going after FA? where is all their money tied up? seems Hamilton has lots of money.
February 11, 2014 - 11:04pm
hmmmmm....not sure what he is thinking on this, closer to home maybe. I guess Austin opened the bank for him huh?!! Great canadian player, I wish him well but the transition from Regina to Hamilton never seems to pan out well for players (see Deangelis/Congi/Fantuz...). I really hope the crosshairs are set on getting Koch back....great quality addition to a corp that will need to up their talent collectively with Dressler in Kansas.
February 11, 2014 - 6:45pm
Have read anything, we can't afford anything expensive and Taman said we are lucky if we get one FA, we can't afford Butler. Taman is saving money just incase Sheets comes back and for Durant's extension. We will be relying on young talent on our negotiation list and the draft.
February 11, 2014 - 7:15pm
als rule
cats austin continues spending money as he signs edmonton A WR cary koch!! ottawa signs edmonton C WR carter and hamilton C LB scott!!
February 11, 2014 - 6:31pm