TIGER-CATS SIGN FOUR INTERNATIONAL DEFENSIVE BACKS
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Thursday that the football club has signed four international free agent defensive backs, including Will Hill, Isaiah Lewis, K.J. Morton and Cheatham Norrils.
Hill, 27, appeared in 50 National Football League games over four years with the New York Giants (2012-13) and Baltimore Ravens (2014-15), registering 221 combined tackles, four interceptions, two interception return touchdowns, 14 passes defended, three forced fumbles and one sack. The 6-1, 228-pound native of Jacksonville, Florida, went undrafted in 2011 out of the University of Florida before signing as a free agent with the Giants on May 14, 2012. He also spent time with the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League.
Lewis, 25, spent time in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. The 5-10, 211-pound native of Indianapolis, Indiana, originally signed as an undrafted free agent, attended training camp and played in three preseason NFL games with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014. Prior to turning pro, Lewis played 53 games with 40 starts at safety over four seasons (2010-13) at Michigan State University, posting 227 tackles, eight interceptions and 26 passes defended with the Spartans. His 158 interception return yards rank 10th in MSU history.
Morton, 26, spent the 2016 season with the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League. The 5-10, 190-pound native of Macon, Georgia, played 31 games starting 29 times at cornerback over three seasons (2011-13) at Baylor University. He collected 156 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 17 pass break ups, four forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks in his career with the Bears.
Norrils, 23, attended mini-camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016. The 6-0, 195-pound native of Toledo, Ohio, played 34 games starting 24 times at cornerback over four seasons at the University of Toledo from 2011 to 2015. He accumulated 133 total tackles, three tackles for loss, three interceptions, seven pass break ups and two forced fumbles. Norrils was redshirted in 2014 to retain his senior eligibility and missed the entire season due to illness.