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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Wednesday that the club has signed international offensive lineman Xavier Fulton to a two-year contract extension.
Fulton, 30, split the 2016 season between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Tiger-Cats, starting 14 regular season games (10 with Saskatchewan, four with Hamilton) and the Eastern Semi-Final at left tackle.
He was acquired by the Tiger-Cats on October 10, 2016 along with defensive end Justin Capicciotti from the Roughriders in exchange for defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh, wide receiver Tommy Streeter, and fourth and seventh round selections in the 2017 CFL Draft.
Fulton has started in 79 games over five CFL seasons (2012-16) with Saskatchewan and Hamilton. The 6-4, 300-pound offensive tackle also spent time with the National Football League’s Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts in 2010, and the United Football League’s Virginia Destroyers in 2011. Fulton was originally selected in the fifth round, 155th overall, by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Prior to turning pro, the native of Flossmoor, Illinois, played four seasons (2005-08) at the University of Illinois. Fulton recorded 13 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one pass defended and 0.5 sacks at defensive end in 2005 before switching to offensive tackle.