HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ elite defence just got better.
The Ticats officially announced the signing of all-star defensive end John Chick on Wednesday, as the two sides have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.
Chick, 33, was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Jan. 14 after recording 53 sacks in six seasons in Regina from 2007 through 2015.
“John is an incredible talent that brings significant CFL experience, professionalism and a winning pedigree to our team,” said Tiger-Cats Vice-President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin. “He has the ability to create pressure on the quarterback and has been solid against the run throughout his career.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bolster our defence with a player of his calibre.”
A 6-foot-4, 250-pound Utah State graduate, Chick won a Grey Cup with Austin as a member of the Roughriders in 2007, Austin’s only year as a head coach in Saskatchewan. One of the most productive CFL pass rushers of the past decade, Chick was immediately linked to the Ticats after his release, while the signing was first reported on Sunday evening.
Chick posted 42 tackles, 11 quarterback sacks, two tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 18 games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders last year while enduring a 3-15 season. The native of Gillette, Wy. is a two-time Grey Cup Champion (2007, 2013) and CFL All-Star (2009, 2014), and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2009.
In six CFL seasons, all with the Green and White, Chick has registered 190 tackles, 53 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, one interception, nine forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 91 career games.
Chick also played 19 career NFL games with the Jacksonville Jaguars over a two-year span (2011-12), compiling 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three pass knock downs and a forced fumble. He also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010.
Prior to turning pro, Chick was a four-year starter at Utah State at both linebacker and defensive end, finishing his Aggie career with 163 tackles, 39 tackles for loss and 23.5 quarterback sacks.