May 15, 2019

Ticats release receiver Jalen Saunders

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released international receiver Jalen Saunders, the team announced on Wednesday.

Saunders signed a contract extension with the Tiger-Cats in December, avoiding hitting the free agent market in February.

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The 26-year-old registered 45 receptions for 739 receiving yards and two touchdowns in just nine games for the Tiger-Cats in 2018. The Stockton, California native suffered a season-ending knee injury September 3 versus the Toronto Argonauts. In 25 CFL games over two seasons in Hamilton (2017-18), Saunders has accumulated 121 receptions for 1,909 yards and six touchdowns. He led the Tiger-Cats in receiving yards in 2017 with 1,170.

Prior to signing with the Tiger-Cats, the five-foot-nine, 171-pound wide receiver appeared in nine total National Football League games in 2014 with both the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, posting one reception for eight yards, 15 punt returns for 125 yards (8.3 average) and three kickoff returns for 139 yards (46.3 average). Saunders ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and was selected by the Jets in the fourth round, 104th overall, in the 2014 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears during his three-year NFL career.