Just kickin' it: Ticats sign Medlock, re-sign Lauther | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
 
 
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HAMILTON -- The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed import kicker/punter Justin Medlock, the team announced on Wednesday.

Medlock, a 6-0, 208-pound native of Fremont, California, previously suited up with the Ticats in 2011 before signing with the NFL's Carolina Panthers on March 6, 2012.  He attended training camp with the Oakland Raiders in 2013.   

During his one season in Black and Gold, Medlock connected on 49 of 55 field goal attempts, setting a new Ticats single-season record with a field goal percentage of 89.1%. He also averaged 41.6 yards per punt and 60.2 yards per kickoff. Medlock was named the Ticats Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and an East Division All-Star. 

"Justin is a big addition to our football team.  He's a proven player who is familiar with our organization and has performed at a very high level," said General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin.

Prior to arriving in Hamilton in a trade with the Edmonton Eskimos on March 21, 2011, Medlock also spent time with the Toronto Argonauts, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, who selected him in the fifth round (160th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

The UCLA product has been successful on 86.5% (96/111) of his career CFL field goal attempts.

"I'm excited to return to the Tiger-Cats and to the CFL. Winning is a huge priority for me, and I feel that this team is in position for long-term success. I'm looking forward to contributing in a big way in 2014 and beyond," commented Medlock. 

The Tiger-Cats also announced that they have re-signed non-import kicker/punter Brett Lauther.

Lauther, the 53rd overall pick in the 2013 CFL Draft, was successful on six-of-ten field goal opportunities during his rookie season while averaging 59.8 yards per kickoff. 

Fan Comments
tabbiefanmcb
@JJ - Ticats would have signed him during last season when Congi struggled but he wasn't ready to give up on the NFL. However Bartel MAY still be kept for punting.
January 10, 2014 - 9:27am
 
JimmyJ
One heck of a kicker. NFL teams and other CFL teams let him slip by so a great move by the TiCats to get him back. Was the best kicker in the CFL when he left and will open up a roster spot by doing all the kicking for the TiCats. Got a raw deal in the NFL. Panthers should of kept him and not let him go. If handled properly he would of done just fine.
January 09, 2014 - 1:29am
 
als rule
CFL F.Y.I.-A RB martell mallet signs a contract with the stamps & ex-argo dontrelle Inman signs a NFL contract with the S.D. chargers!!
January 08, 2014 - 8:20pm
 
tabbiefanmcb
@ar- Most of the problem Medlock had with catching on in the NFL was not skill but the fact that he is a left-footed kicker!
Anyone else having trouble with logins here lately?
January 08, 2014 - 6:42pm
als rule
@TFmcb: left footed kicker explain and how do you know this?!! logins YES constantly!!
January 09, 2014 - 6:43am
tabbiefanmcb
How do I know he's a left-footed kicker? Look at the picture! Besides he played in Hamilton before!
January 09, 2014 - 8:47am
als rule
@TFmcb: HELLO anybody home?!! turn on your lite bulb!! you posted not skill BUT cause he kicked left footed!! how do you know he didn't make the NFL cause he's a lefty and not a righty?!! YOU KNOW THIS HOW?!!
January 09, 2014 - 6:14pm
 
lordbyron
I liked Congi, but he had a rough year last year. Their kicking game always made me nervous, so this is a BIG signing!
January 08, 2014 - 4:05pm
 
als rule
good re-signing by the cats!! he was an A#1 FGK/P prior to leaving hamilton BUT can he do it again upon his return?!!
January 08, 2014 - 3:19pm
 
tabbiefanmcb
Glad to have Medlock back as well as Lauther who likely be given the opportunity to further develop his skills. Only question now is the future of Aussie punter, Bartel.
January 08, 2014 - 2:14pm