February 14, 2024

Ticats ink Nationals Brendan O’Leary-Orange, Evan Johnson

Matt Smith/CFL.ca

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have added a pair of National free agents to their roster,  in offensive lineman Evan Johnson and receiver Brendan O’Leary-Orange.

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Johnson, 29, played 17 games including 12 starts at left guard for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2023. The six-foot-four, 290-pound native of Regina, Sask. has suited up in 101 career CFL games over seven seasons in the CFL with the Roughriders (2021-2023) and Redblacks (2017-2020). The former University of Saskatchewan offensive lineman was originally selected by Ottawa in the first round, ninth overall, in the 2017 CFL Draft.

O’Leary-Orange, 27, played in 18 games including three starts for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2023, posting six receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown. The six-foot-four, 226-pound native of Toronto, Ont. has registered 25 receptions, 344 receiving yards and two touchdowns over three seasons with Winnipeg (2021-2023). The former University of Nevada Wolf Pack receiver was originally selected by the Blue Bombers in the fourth round, 37th overall, in the 2020 CFL Draft.

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