January 27, 2016

Private: Report: Ticats on the verge of signing Chick

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HAMILTON — One of the league’s most dominant defences could be about to get scarier, as TSN‘s Gary Lawless reports the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and John Chick are closing in on a deal.

Chick confirmed the news on Twitter late Sunday night in a tweet to Ticats linebacker Simoni Lawrence.

The 33-year-old rush end became a free agent after being released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Jan. 14 along with receiver Weston Dressler in a move that sent shockwaves across the CFL. Rumours linked Chick to the Ticats shortly after, and now according to Lawless it’s all but official:

A six-year CFL veteran, Chick recorded 53 sacks over six seasons with the Riders in 84 games. He’s recorded double-digit sacks in three of his six seasons and three of the last four, including a career-high 15 sacks in 16 games in 2014.

After recording 11 sacks in 17 games in 2015 during a 3-15 season in Riderville, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Utah State graduate would provide an immediate boost on an already-elite Hamilton defence. Yet while the Ticats’ 391 points allowed in 2015 were the third-fewest in the league, they ranked second-last in the CFL with 38 sacks.

The potential addition would truly kick off what’s expected to be a busy off-season in the Hammer, with Ted Laurent, Courtney Stephen, Emanuel Davis and Andy Fantuz among pending free agents on Feb. 9.

After receiving a welcome tweet from Lawrence, a vocal leader of Hamilton’s defence, Chick’s response was the following:

More to come . . .