Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz has agreed to terms with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, per CFL sources.
The 33-year-old Fantuz set a career high in catches in 2016 and had already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving when he tore his ACL on an innocent looking play in an Oct. 28 game against the Edmonton Eskimos. With a timeline for his return to football uncertain, the injury clearly impacted his market value when he became a free agent in February.
Head coach Kent Austin said during the team’s mini-camp in April that the team was close to re-signing Fantuz.
Fantuz lives in Burlington and has roots in nearby Chatham – he also attended the University of Western Ontario in London – so remaining in the area makes sense on a personal level.
The veteran is also a favourite target of quarterback Zach Collaros, who spoke highly of Fantuz back in April.
“I love the guy as a teammate, as a friend. He’s just a great guy to have in the locker room and the meeting room and I think he’s invaluable to us,” Collaros said. “He understands our offence inside and out and he can teach it,” He’s had so much success in this league, guys just kind of gravitate to him.”