Ticats have kicker on negotiation list

While the Hamilton Tiger-Cats may be without a kicker on the roster at the moment, they do have one player on their 45-man negotiation list who could fill the role.

Jordan Gay, who spent three seasons at Centre College and won the Southern Athletic Association conference special teams player of the year award each year. He owns the school record with a 53-yard field goal and averaged 44.8-yards per punt as a senior.

Undrafted in 2013, Gay spent time on the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants practice roster and landed with Buffalo after the Bills claimed him off waivers in August 2014. He was used as a kick-off specialist playing in 33 games for Buffalo through three seasons. He was released in December and been a free agent since. The Ticats put him on the neg list in February.

There are also a couple of experienced CFL kickers available, including former Montreal Alouette Anthony Fera and ex-Ottawa Redblack Chris Milo.

For the second year in a row, the Ticats don’t have a kicker or punter signed to the roster in April.

Last year Hamilton allowed Justin Medlock to leave for Winnipeg and a big payday. Then the Tabbies patiently sorted through potential options at the position and chose Bret Maher who produced the best season of his three in the CFL and parlayed that into a contract with the Cleveland Browns.

The Ticats are expected to being several kickers to mini-camp at the end of April with the competition extending into main training camp in June. The team followed a similar process last season before Maher earned the job.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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12 Comments on Ticats have kicker on negotiation list

  1. You have to wonder about Hamilton’s decision to let Medlock walk…It looks as though they are bumbling around now for a kicker after they let a guy go that could have secured that spot for many more years into the future.

  2. Lindsay Wilcox // April 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    Probably a matter of $$$. Ticats probably felt (rightly or wrongly) that they could come up with an equally good kicker for less $$$. Also no guarantee that he wouldn’t have left in a year or 2 for more $$$ elsewhere.

  3. Bernie Ruoff // April 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm // Reply

    Medlock would not be worthy of more $$$ elsewhere if he wasn’t doing his job. If he was, then Kent should have paid him top dollar and kept him on the roster. Kicking is so very important in the CFL game so the optics don’t look good for a team that is said to be hungry for a Grey Cup win this century!

  4. Medlock is and was MONEY IN THE BANK for the TiCats. Those guys are slim and far between. Without that type guy it is always a revolving door as the TiCats now have with their kicking game. Simple as that.

  5. Justin was definitely wanted back but it was about the money. Priorities during FA time forced them to hold to bring back others especially Tedfie who was the number one target on so many teams lists. When he accepted, that hurt tremendously available capital for others. It was all explained back then.

  6. Paul Garner // April 19, 2017 at 7:29 am // Reply

    For some unknown reasons, Kent Austin doesn’t appreciate the value of a good kicker. We had the best in Medlock and they let him walk for money. He was well worth every cent of the money because his craft directly resulted in wins. It’s not about wasting money – but instead it’s about spending money in the right places. Spending money on a good kicker is a sound investment. Spending money on Justin Medlock was a sound investment. I can’t understand why Austin doesn’t get it

  7. Hard to believe ya can’t keep a guy like Medlock for a difference of 30 grand eh? Putting aside all the cap and ratio and free agency crap!@!

  8. Well, well, well.. I see all the roster experts are telling KA what he should have done to keep Medlock… so lets just review a few facts (not fake facts)…

    1.) Bombers did not win a Grey Cup with Medlock… same a Ticats did not win with him for three years… I just don’t get it why some fans think this guy walks on water…

    2.) Medlock was a huge hit on cap $… no kicker is worth that much, the CFL has limited funds and like it or not there is market pricing for each position…

    3.) Maher was money in the bank for the first half of 2016 season… then his stats slid… coincidentally right when he lost Tasker his holder… Medlock is a perfectionist and lets see him go through three holders in one season like Maher did…

    4.) Maher is a consistently better punter than Medlock (who reminded me of Hank The Shank)…. so the team needed to carry an extra punter (again more cap hit)

    5.) Maher also had four punts blocked… (nice job by special teams blockers)… surprised he even survived the mayhem back there… again, just imagine Medlock’s performance after that…

    6.) Ticats wanted Maher back but can’t compete with NFL money… good luck to Maher in Cleveland (the mistake by the lake)…

    • Thanks Snake can’t see why fans can remember all this let go and move on. The guy wanted top player money and his punting was poor. Lets just move on there are lots of kickers out there.

    • Loved Medlock, and still do. But I agree with every point you made. The guy is a money field goal kicker, and has good range on kick-offs, but his punting was mediocre… FGs get on the highlight reels but punting gets field position, and that’s important (of course, punt coverage matters too because it’s the net that’s key, but you still need the booming leg to start it all off). If he’d been a bit better in that phase of his game I think Austin would have put up the cash.

      The audition for Maher’s replacement will be interesting. But the emphasis will be on finding one guy who can do all three jobs well rather than being magnificent at one and merely passable at others, even if it means trading some field goal accuracy for good consistent punting.

    • He also missed a key FG in a PO game. It never cost the team a win but it was a miss nevertheless..not quite always “$ in he bank”. Also have issue with “me” players (a la Chris Williams) – good riddance to them.

  9. Well said snake. Bang on assessment.

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