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Not Going Anywhere: Masoli, Ticats agree to extension

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed Jeremiah Masoli to a contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday.

Masoli was ranked No. 1 on CFL.ca’s top 30 pending free agents list.

It’s exciting to have Jeremiah back for the 2021 season. He is an established natural leader that has a strong work ethic, as demonstrated by the recovery from his knee injury,” said Orlondo Steinauer, Head Coach of the Tiger-Cats. “We’re pleased that Jeremiah and his family have chosen to get this done in advance of free agency and come back to Hamilton for his ninth year with the team.

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Masoli, 32, started the first-six games of the 2019 Canadian Football League schedule for the Tiger-Cats before suffering a season-ending injury July 26 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He completed 125 of 175 pass attempts (71.4%) for 1,576 yards, nine passing touchdowns and seven interceptions, adding 17 carries for 79 yards and four rushing touchdowns. The San Francisco, California native had a career season in 2018, starting 17 games and completing 378 of 572 pass attempts (66.1%) for 5,209 yards, 28 passing touchdowns and 18 interceptions on his way to being named the CFL East Division’s Most Outstanding Player and an East Division All-Star. Masoli also recorded 300 or more passing yards in 12 games in 2018, setting a new club record as well as tying him for fourth-most such games in a single season in league history.

The University of Mississippi product has suited up in 102 career CFL games with 42 starts over seven seasons, all with the Tiger-Cats (2013-19), and sits fourth all-time in franchise history in career completions (1,015), fifth in passing yards (13,110), sixth in pass attempts (1,538), and is tied for sixth in passing touchdowns (70)

Masoli joins a plethora of other Tiger-Cats to avoid free agency and sign extensions in Hamilton including linebacker Simoni Lawrence, receiver Brandon Banks, defensive end Ja’Gared Davis and offensive lineman Chris Van Zeyl.

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