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Ticats release former Riders WR Ricky Collins Jr.

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released international receiver Ricky Collins Jr. just a few weeks after acquiring him in a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Ticats sent international defensive end Mike McAdoo and a sixth round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft in order to secure Collins Jr.’s services.

Prior to joining the ‘Cats, Collins Jr. had appeared in 15 games with the Roughriders over the last two seasons (2016-17), posting 48 receptions for 720 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned eight kickoffs for 151 yards (18.9 average) and five punts for 42 yards (8.4 average). Prior to joining the Roughriders, Collins Jr. had a brief stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2016 and spent time with the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers in 2015.

The Tiger-Cats also announced Tuesday that they have signed international linebacker D.J. May.

May, 23, spent time on the Tiger-Cats practice roster earlier this season from August 30 to September 14. The 5-11, 205-pound native of Federal Way, Washington, also attended rookie camp with the National Football League’s Detroit Lions before being released on May 15.