Former Ticats receiver Terrell Sinkfield signs with Vikings – as a DB

Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats and B.C. Lions receiver Terrell Sinkfield, who at one point looked set to return to the Ticats, has signed with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings as a defensive back.

On Feb. 15, shortly after becoming a CFL free agent, Sinkfield sent out a Tweet that seemed to indicate that he was coming back to Hamilton if he couldn’t find an NFL opportunity.

Within the last few weeks, however, reports have surfaced that Sinkfield was trying to make an NFL club as a defensive back.

This the second straight off-season that Sinkfield, a Minnesota native, has signed with the Vikings. He was inked to futures deal last January but cut on Aug. 30, paving the way for his return to the CFL. He signed with the B.C. Lions and recorded 16 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns in seven games last season.

The 26-year-old’s best season came as a Ticat in 2015 when he was 1,000 yard receiver with 69 catches and six touchdowns in 15 games.

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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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18 Comments on Former Ticats receiver Terrell Sinkfield signs with Vikings – as a DB

  1. Well hopefully the deal stands that if he gets cut he would still come back to the Ticats.

    • Slim Pickens // April 3, 2017 at 3:34 pm //

      This is a perfect example as to why great CFL players that go to the NFL dont make it, NOT because they are not good enough, but because the people running the teams dont know what they are doing. Nothing new, it`s hit or miss if a player even gets a fair shot when they are signed. Here we have an example were they cant even see that he would be a great receiver for them, I understand he is a local boy and that may have something to do with it.

  2. It’s time to move on from Sinkfield. This is the 2nd year in a row he has turned his back on Hamilton.

    • Cant blame the man.
      He probably makes as much just for signing and going through camp as he would up here unfortunately. If you had a chance to double your income how much loyalty would you have?

  3. I wish him luck and he’s got to take his shots at the NFL while he can. But he’s got a big challenge ahead competing with players who have more current DB experience (though I think the Vikings see his potential as a kick returner as much as anything else). The door will be open for him later in the season if he knocks; lots of doors in CFL cities I’d think.

    For the immediate future, the Cats still need speed in the receiving corps. Perhaps one of the other new signings will bring that (Palmer, Okafor) but we’ll see more added as well before June.

  4. Given the salary differential, you cannot blame him for taking his shot. Sounds pretty tenuous however … my bet is that he will be back in the CFL for good by Labour Day.

    • Agree and hopefully he’ll return with the Ticats – IF they have the cap space and haven’t found a good replacement in one of their new signings.

  5. BigRedMachine // March 31, 2017 at 1:08 am //

    Always thought he had the hands of a db…

    • Tom Jones // March 31, 2017 at 11:31 am //

      Hey yo, SmallRedMachine. How did you know the Sinkfield always had hands of a DB? Are you blessed with some innate football knowledge others do not have or do you just feel the need to post here with some goofy comment hoping to elicit an equally silly response ? And you’ll never, ever forget the name of Tom Jones !!!

      • Jeff Mat // March 31, 2017 at 1:22 pm //

        Comments are more appreciated here when we strive to not attack on a personal level. Like starting with insulting ones name! All welcome, after all!

  6. Sea of Dead // March 31, 2017 at 12:35 pm //

    Another good receiver won’t really be a significant factor in the success of the Ticat offence … We have enough of those already. But protecting Collaros from injury and giving him time to make a play certainly will be.

  7. I will be interested to see what the Cats do now with the salary they were holding back to sign Sink – if their is one position where u would spend $100k on a player, where do u put it???

  8. DundasDude // March 31, 2017 at 10:31 pm //

    I hope him all the best and it’s understandable for him to look to the NFL . Not really critical to the Cats, but if this longshot doesn’t pan out , he would be a good addition in August.

  9. Adam Stocker // April 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm //

    I could see this deal ending up like the one Simoni Lawrence signed with the Vikings. Given that Sinkfield is converting to DB, I could see Sinkfield getting cut after OTAs or mini camp

    • Agreed, he’s just a camp body at this point but I suppose he wants to exhaust every last option in hopes of making the NFL. He’s not the first and won’t be the last.

      Guys on NFL practice rosters make more than most CFL’ers so you really can’t blame the guy. Good luck to him.

  10. Since when does the NFL convert receivers to DB’s? never heard of it
    Anyone else?
    Good for him to take the cash while he can.

    • The NFL has been infamous for drafting quarterbacks as receivers and running backs but that is certainly a by-gone era. Even more strange is that they would list him as a corner – I would have thought it would be easier to break in as a free safety unless he has played defensive back in college or something and figures he can cover one on one.

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