February 15, 2023

Ticats bolster d-line w/ Ja’Gared Davis, Casey Sayles, Kwaku Boateng

Kevin Sousa/CFL.ca

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed defensive linemen Ja’Gared Davis, Casey Sayles and Kwaku Boateng.

Davis, 32, suited up in 14 regular season games and two playoff games for the Toronto Argonauts in 2022, registering 36 defensive tackles, one tackle for loss and four pass knockdowns. His signing with the Ticats brings him back to the organization he spent two seasons — and a pair of Grey Cup games — with in 2019 and 2021.

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The six-foot-one, 238-pound native of Crockett, TX has played 89 games over six seasons in the CFL with the Argonauts (2022), Tiger-Cats (2019-2021) and Calgary Stampeders (2016-2018), registering 256 total tackles, 49 quarterback sacks, three interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns.

A three-time CFL East Division All-Star (2019, 2021, 2022), Davis has played in the Grey Cup game in each of his six seasons in the CFL, winning the championship twice (2018, 2022).

Sayles has signed a two-year deal with the Ticats.

The 27-year-old started 18 games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2022, registering 36 total tackles, one tackle for loss, six quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass knockdown. The six-foot-four, 282-pound native of Omaha, NB has played 32 games over two seasons with the Blue Bombers (2021-2022), registering 64 total tackles, 11 quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.

Prior to making the move north of the border, Sayles spent time in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams (2017) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2018-2019) while also spending time in the now defunct Alliance of American Football with the Birmingham Iron (2019) and in the XFL with the St. Louis BattleHawks (2020). The Ohio University product played 45 games over four seasons (2013-2016) with the Bobcats.

Boateng, 27, spent 2022 with the Ottawa REDBLACKS but missed the season due to injury. The six-foot-two, 257-pound native of Milton, Ontario has played 64 games over four seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Elks (2017-21), registering 83 total tackles, 25 quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Wilfrid Laurier University product was originally selected by Edmonton in the fifth round, 41st overall of the 2017 CFL Draft. Prior to turning pro, he played 40 games over four seasons with the Golden Hawks (2013-16), registering 105 total tackles, 45.5 tackles for loss, 29.5 quarterback sacks, seven forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

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