In his second season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Dean was a staple in the Tabbies defence at middle linebacker. He played in all 18 regular season games and tallied 96 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles.
That performance helped the 29-year-old to be named an East Division All-Star.
The 6-foot, 226-pounder joined Hamilton as a free agent in 2016 and suited up in all 18 games that season. He collected 78 tackles, two sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles in his rookie year.
In 36 career CFL games (35 starts) since 2016 with the Tiger-Cats, Dean has posted 174 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, five quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one interception, nine pass knock downs and five tackles for loss.
He was voted as Hamilton’s 2017 defensive team captain in just his second year in the CFL.
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