TIGER-CATS ADD FOUR PLAYERS ON DEFENCE, INCLUDING LINEBACKER CONNER
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Tuesday that the football club has signed four free agents on defence, including international linebacker Kavell Conner, international defensive ends Tyriq McCord and Denzell Perine, and national defensive back Tristan Doughlin.
[i]Conner, 30, played 78 games (46 starts) at linebacker over six seasons in the National Football League with the Indianapolis Colts (2010-13) and San Diego Chargers (2014-15). The 6-0, 245-pound native of Richmond, Virginia, posted 328 combined tackles, two quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes defended in his NFL career. He was originally selected by Indianapolis in the seventh round, 240th overall, in the 2010 NFL Draft. The four-year letterman at Clemson from 2006 to 2009, finished his collegiate career with 263 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and six passes defended in 52 games (27 starts).
McCord, 23, had a brief stint on the Tiger-Cats practice roster last season from October 24 to November 9. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers on April 30, 2016, but suffered an injury during rookie minicamp and was released on June 7. The 6-3, 241-pound native of Tampa, Florida, played four years at the University of Miami (2012-15), recording 110 total tackles, 14 quarterback sacks, 21.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five pass breakups in 51 games (20 starts) at outside linebacker and defensive end.
Perine, 23, also spent time on the Tiger-Cats practice roster last season from October 10 to November 9. He originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings on May 2, 2016, and suited up in three preseason games before being released on September 3. The 6-2, 250-pound native of Mobile, Alabama, played 47 games over five seasons (2011-15) at Florida International University, recording 119 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, five passes defended, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Doughlin, 23, attended training camp with the Montreal Alouettes last season before returning to Guelph University. In four seasons with the Gryphons (2013-16), the 6-0, 185-pound native of Toronto, Ontario, played 26 games and recorded 133 total tackles, 11 interceptions, 14 pass break ups and one quarterback sack. He participated in the CIS East-West game and was named an OUA second team all-star in 2015, and earned OUA first team all-star honours in 2014.[/i]