May 22, 2014

Off-Season Timeline: Hamilton Tiger-Cats Staff

HAMILTON — The 2013 season was filled with positives in Hamilton, highlighted by an East Division title and a trip to the 101st Grey Cup.

But just being there – and not winning it – wasn’t enough for Kent Austin, which is why the team’s head coach and General Manager spent the off-season doing whatever he needed to do to make his Tiger-Cats a permanent contender.

December 2013

The first item on Austin’s off-season to-do list was the 2013 Expansion Draft. After months of preparing, the Ticats could only sit and watch as the REDBLACKS plucked tailback Chevon Walker, fullback John Delahunt and longtime Tiger-Cat Marwan Hage from their grasp.

January 2014

Once the new year got underway, so did Austin begin to re-tool his roster. First, Hamilton traded receiver Simon Charboneau-Campeau to Calgary in exchange for Spencer Armstrong. Austin then went shopping once again, acquiring the rights to wide receiver Giovanni Aprile for defensive back Matt Bucknor.

Austin also solidified his team’s kicking game, signing Justin Medlock, while re-signing Brett Lauther as well.

A few days later, versatile linebacker/defensive back Rico Murray was signed to a contract extension.

With plenty of young burgeoning talent at receiver, Austin was forced to say goodbye to veteran receiver Dave Stala, who days later signed with the Alouettes.

Other January Transactions

Signed Tavoy Moore, RB
Signed Craig Marshall, DL
Signed Kyle Miller, DB
Signed Pawel Kuba, LB
Signed Jay Disdon, WR
Signed Matt Coated, WR
Released Henry Burris, QB

February 2014

February proved to be an important month for the Ticats.

Prior to the start of free agency, the Ticats shook up their quarterback situation, as they signed former Argos backup Zach Collaros to a contract, and promptly released incumbent starter Henry Burris.

Once the free agency began, Austin continued to be extremely aggressive.

In one day, Austin signed receiver Cary Koch, linebacker/safety Craig Butler, defensive back Brandon Stewart, linebacker Abraham Kromah, and also managed to keep Canadian Marc Beswick from hitting the open market.

Earlier in the month, Austin granted kicker Luca Congi his release, and also traded Canadian linebacker Shomari Williams back to Saskatchewan in exchange for the 8th overall pick in the Draft.

March 2014

After two busy months, Austin’s March was quiet by his standards.

In minor moves, Austin shipped QB Brian Brohm to Winnipeg for a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2015 Draft.

He then re-signed defensive standout Torrey Davis, and inked recently acquired receiver Aprile to a new deal as well.

April 2014

Hamilton’s only noteworthy April announcement came midway through the month when Marwan Hage, who was selected by the REDBLACKS in the Expansion Draft, announced his retirement.

Other April Transactions

Sign Tyler Tettleton, QB
Sign Kevin Bolden, WR
Sign Dominic Alford, OL

May 2014

Before the Draft Hamilton, made an eyebrow-raising move, announcing the release of linebacker Brandon Isaac and receiver Onrea Jones,

Below is a look at Hamilton’s 2014 CFL Draft selections.

8. Beau Landry  LB   Western
9. Evan Gill  DL   Manitoba
44. Christopher Johnson  LB   Toronto
52. Mathieu Girard  DL   Montreal
53. Stephen Mawa  DL   UBC
62. Martin Pesek  DL   Acadia


Other May Transactions

Release Spencer Armstrong, WR
Release Jason Diston, WR
Release Arthur Hobbs, DB