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HAMILTON – Veteran quarterback Quinton Porter is hitting the open market a month before he was set to become a free agent after being released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats today.  The 'Cats also announced that Marwan Hage has agreed to a new contract that will see the veteran offensive lineman remain in Hamilton through the 2015 season.

Porter, who dabbled as the club’s starter throughout his tenure, played five seasons with the Black and Gold.  He completed 358 of 562 passes for 4,095 yards and 21 touchdowns with 18 interceptions.  The 6-foot-5, 228-pound pivot also rushed 169 times for 919 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Boston College grad was used sparingly last season while backing up Henry Burris, seeing action primarily in short yardage situations.

A former East Division Most Outstanding Lineman, Hage, was slated to become a free agent next month. Since being selected in the second round (14th overall) of the 2004 CFL Draft, Hage has suited up in 126 regular season games over nine seasons and has been the Ticats starting centre since 2005.

"I'm pleased to extend my contract and have the opportunity to finish my career with the Tiger-Cats.  I couldn't imagine myself playing for any other team," said Hage.  "I feel a sense of loyalty to this city and our great fans, and I look forward to working with my teammates to bring the Grey Cup back to Hamilton."     

Hage has established himself as one of the league's premier offensive lineman over the course of his career, earning recognition as a CFLPA All-Star four times, an East Division All-Star twice and a CFL All-Star once.  Hage has also been named the Ticats Most Outstanding Lineman four times and was selected as the East Division's Most Outstanding Lineman in 2010.

"Marwan is not just an outstanding player, he's a respected leader in our locker room and a great representative of our organization in the community," said Vice President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin.

Hage is also renowned for his contributions to the Hamilton community.  His community program, Hage's Heroes, has welcomed over 5,000 underprivileged youth to Tiger-Cats home games, fed over 6,000 families through food drives and made numerous donations to local charities since its inception in 2007.  

He was honoured with the CFL's Tom Pate Memorial Award in 2009 in recognition of his efforts in the community.

Fan Comments
Hmmm one would think that Hamilton would have their sights set on a solid backup if they would go ahead with this release. They will need someone for the 3rd down and short scenario.

Porter was good for the occasional sneak, run, or throw last year. Not to mention the Glenn-Porter dual QB experiment the year before.

I would be concerned with a backup that would take a hit and could go in when and if Burris goes down. That's just a reality in he CFL.
January 17, 2013 - 12:43am
Porter was rarely on the field LAST season even for short yardage! He played much more frequently when Bellefeuille was still HC (2008-2010). right now they have just Dan LeFevour, signed last year, on the roster. Unfortunately he has no experience so Austin may be looking for a QB with some CFL playing time.
January 17, 2013 - 6:34pm
Absolutely GREAT news that Hage is back. He is a talented player and superb leader for the younger players on the O line and on the team in general. Not surprised that Porter was released. He pretty much indicated that he was not likely to remain although I wondered if the change is coaching staff might make a difference. Obviously not. He seems to have potential so I wish him luck wherever he lands. Looks like it might be time for LeFevour to step up as #2.
January 15, 2013 - 9:52pm
Good move by Austin. Hage is an important part of the team when he is healthy.
January 15, 2013 - 3:46pm
This Old Man
January 15, 2013 - 12:16pm
als rule
good for hage!! now can see porter on his way to montreal as calvillo did almost 2 decades ago!! bye bye McPherson? trestman interviewing in chicago today? yes BUT!!
January 15, 2013 - 11:56am
I'm confident this won't be a repeat of Calvillo. Porter is just bad (much luck to him though)
January 15, 2013 - 6:54pm
Ah just what you were hoping for - Porter - but he has to sign and methinks he is tired of being a backup!
January 15, 2013 - 9:45pm
als rule
"methinks"...NO!! MEKNOWS...YES!! both of you have no history memory!! both of you forget how AC was run out of steeltown and what was said about him not being able to play!! yet you both come out with foolish statements!! KNOW YOUR SPORTS!!
January 17, 2013 - 9:42pm