Ticats to sign former Redblacks kicker Brett Maher

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are expected to sign former Ottawa Redblacks kicker Brett Maher, according to a CFL source.

Maher was one of four kickers the team brought to its three-day mini-camp in April, a group that included former Alabama kicker Cody Mandell, ex-Saskatchewan Roughriders punter Ray Early and ex-Ticat and Redblack Delbert Alvrado.

Mandell tweeted early this week that he had also been signed by the club.

Maher has played 22 games over two seasons with Ottawa, including all 18 games in their inaugural 2014 campaign where he kicked the game-winner in week three to give the new franchise their first-ever CFL win. But a torn labrum in his kicking hip was discovered just before training camp last season, leaving him in need of surgery and six months of rehab. He returned to punt in four games for Ottawa in 2015. 

For his career, Maher is 25 of 37 (67.6 per cent) on field goals, going just 3-for-10 on kicks from 40 yards and beyond. He has never connected from beyond the 50, going 0-for-2.

Maher averaged 45.4 per punt in 2014, tied for second in the CFL, while his 38.0 yard net average was third. His 62.2 yard kickoff average was fifth.

His numbers at Nebraska: 83 per cent on field goals in 47 attempts, 8-for-11 between 40 and 49 yards, 6-for-11 on attempts of 50-plus yards with a long of 54. So the leg strength would appear to be there.

Mandell and Maher will be competing to replace all-star Justin Medlock, who left for Winnipeg as a free agent. Over his five CFL seasons, including three with the Ticats, Medlock has connected on 87.5 per cent of his field goal attempts, which is the best mark in CFL history.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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12 Comments on Ticats to sign former Redblacks kicker Brett Maher

  1. Hopefully he has improved since his time with the Redblacks as his stats there are not very impressive.

  2. Have to agree Mike, although Maher will have to outperform any other kickers brought in to snag the job. He seems to have a decent punting average and if he was Canadian I could see them keeping him for punting but there is no way that they’ll keep 2 international kickers on the roster. So far it appears that there are just 2 kickers competing but I’m sure they’ll be others by the time camp opens.

  3. Zugerfan // May 19, 2016 at 5:55 pm //

    Wow. I really thought that Austin had a Plan B at the kicker position. But apparently not. The position is so important! Yikes.

  4. I think swaze waters will end up here by sept.

  5. Philski // May 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm //

    67.7% FG success rate for Maher and 0% beyond the 50. Great. You could bring in Osbaldiston out of the mothballs and he would even do better.

  6. No surprise. Some in the fanbase lament that there’s no news about a kicker, and when signings provide such news some of them lament the signings.

    It’s a process. I’m sure the team was quite aware of that when they didn’t offer Medlock an extension.

    Losing Medlock may end up costing us in the FG% department no matter who takes the role of placekicker, but Medlock wasn’t a great punter, so let’s take things in stride and balance. Teams have to replace kickers at some point, it’s a fact of CFL life. It’s our turn to go through that.

  7. Zugerfan // May 20, 2016 at 8:01 am //

    Losing Medlock was up your money decision. And effective kick game moves at least one if not two games into the win column and how did the loss column each year. As a skill position it is second only to the quarterback in terms of direct effect on outcomes. My guess is that we lost Medlock over $100k. Without a strong alternative that looks like a poor decision at this point.

  8. Mike Robinson // May 20, 2016 at 9:24 am //

    We lost a couple of players, Medlock, Hall and Hickman, but that probably the reason we have a number of others Chick, Fantuz, Hoffman-Ellis, Emmanuel Davis, Laurent etc. Medlock’s game is dropping off, you could see it last years especially with his punting. Why pay premium dollar for a punter/kicker when you have to bring in another punter?

    • Zugerfan // May 20, 2016 at 6:47 pm //

      Medlock was”money” inside the 50. Yes his punting was below average. I hope that we have a secret plan to get Swayze.

  9. james Garrish // May 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm //

    why don’t they look at a player named “nick Setta”. He was one of the best before he went to the NFL and once he was released no on picked him up. if it was me id get Setta to try out.

    • I like Setta when he was here but he really has not done much lately and would be 35 now – he was last on Ottawa’s practice roster in 2014.

  10. Mike Robinson // May 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm //

    Setta was good, but it seemed like he never fully recovered from that back injury he sustained when he was with the Ti-cats. He was never the same afterwards.

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