February 15, 2013

FA13: Tiger-Cats release veteran RB Avon Cobourne

CFL.ca Staff

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.