Jordan Gay, in the running for Ticats kicking job, signs with Titans

Kicker Jordan Gay, who the Hamilton Tiger-Cats brought to their rookie mini-camp late last month on a non-contract tryout basis, has signed with the Tennessee Titans of the NFL.

Gay, who was on the Ticats neg list, 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.

Gay was one of seven kickers the Ticats brought to Hamilton in April and was thought to be in the mix for a training camp invite, along with former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Sergio Castillo and former Arena leaguer Craig Peterson, who Tweeted he’d signed with the club. The team also held a workout for Canadian kickers earlier this month.

The Ticats are in the market for a kicker after allowing Brett Maher to leave via free agency.

Maher had two-thirds of a great season for the Ticats in 2016. After 13 weeks, he was third in the CFL with an 87.9 per cent accuracy rate on field goals while missing just one extra point. His 36.0 yard net punting average was good enough for fifth in the CFL. But by the end of the year, Maher’s field goal percentage had dipped to 82 per cent, he was sixth in net punting and his kickoff average had fallen almost two yards a boot. In the East Semi-Final loss to Edmonton, Maher missed a 35 yarder in the second quarter in a game the Ticats would eventually lose by a field goal.

The Ticats had discussions with Maher about returning but were reluctant to offer him much by the way of signing bonus or job security.

Maher signed with the Cleveland Browns in March but was released this month after the team took a kicker in the NFL Draft. He is currently a free agent.


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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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17 Comments on Jordan Gay, in the running for Ticats kicking job, signs with Titans

  1. Lindsay Wilcox // May 15, 2017 at 2:07 pm //

    Maybe the Ticats will/should bring Maher to camp ?

  2. First off it doesnt mean anything,I mean Maher signed with the Browns and how long did that last?

  3. Riders13 // May 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm //

    Can anyone tell me why the Ticats could bring this kicker to their mini-camp on a non-contract basis? I thought all attendees of mini-camps needed to be signed to contracts in order to participate? Not trying to be smarta$$ – I’d just like the nuance of the bylaw explained to me…if anyone knows?

    • I believe (although I could be wrong) that the kickers worked out for the coaches before and after the main mini camp practices which is why they could be there and not be signed to a contract. It would be the same if they brought them in at any other time for a workout but this one just happened to coincide with mini camp.

      I’m sure that the Ticats will find someone even if it isn’t Gay. Maher could certainly come in to compete with the others during mini camp if he was agreeable to going through another tryout and the team decided to include him.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 16, 2017 at 6:08 pm //

      I guess you are the judge jury and executioner hey rider13.

  4. Bernie Ruoff // May 15, 2017 at 4:03 pm //

    No worries, Kent knows there’s plenty of elite kickers like Medlock out there… he’s already planning the teams Grey Cup party.

    • Dario Cueto // May 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm //

      Hey, yo … the Dario Cueto here … Bernie Ruoff or whatever goofy name you go by these days … perhaps you lived on planet Mars last year and are unaware of the kicking debacle that transpired in Steeltown or perhaps you felt the need to write a nonsensical post … anyhow, Austin better have a competent kicker this year or watch games be squandered again like they were last year by an inept Maher and his choking tendencies down the stretch. Holla if you hear me !!!

      • Philski // May 16, 2017 at 4:04 am //

        On the bright side we won’t have to worry about games being squandered on that &^%$#@! “Prevent Defence” alignment that Orlando insisted on using at critical points of a game, only to watch the other team do a victory lap at the end. Nope, Orlando is gone…and hopefully the specs for that &^%$#@! “Prevent Defence” went with him…or better got tossed in the shredder.

  5. The kicking job is now Sergio Castillo’s to lose.

  6. Billinburlington // May 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm //

    If Maher gets a try out with the Cats I think he would be the favourite.

  7. BearCat // May 16, 2017 at 12:26 am //

    @Riders13. Mini camp’s are not defined as practices per se. But instead dubbed OTA’s (off season team activity). So while the rules state that only players under contract can participate in legitimate practices during training camp and the reg season the same rule does not apply to mini camps or the tryouts many teams run thoughout the states.

  8. Dario Cueto // May 16, 2017 at 4:29 pm //

    Hey, yo … the Dario Cueto here … my sources tell me that the TiCats have given that defensive liability, Cassius Vaughn, his outright release. With the plethora of DBs that will be in camp, anyone with half a brain could have seen this coming. Holla if you here me !!!

    • Philski // May 17, 2017 at 5:50 am //

      Vaughn couldn’t cover my grandmother. Can’t believe this guy actually played in the NFL.

  9. trade the rights to johnny football to that idiot Jones in Sask for one of their canuck kickers. he can’t keep ’em both and he wants Manzeil(got fined for talking to his agent). I wish the cats would get a career kicker like ruoff, ozzie etc.

  10. DundasDude // May 19, 2017 at 4:26 am //

    We don’t need field goals and single converts, rather tds and doubles! Go Cats!

  11. Christopher Milo is available and so is Grant Shaw. Come to think of it, after signing Swayze Waters, so is Paul McCallum.

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