Andy Fantuz agrees to terms with Ticats

By Justin Dunk and Drew Edwards

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.”

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24 Comments on Andy Fantuz agrees to terms with Ticats

  1. Fantastic news!!!!!

  2. Chick also signed yesterday….

  3. Knew that this was coming – it was just a matter of time! Really glad that Andy is remaining in black and gold! 🙂

  4. mr62 cats // May 18, 2017 at 10:10 am //

    Glad to hear this!!!!

  5. The Iceman // May 18, 2017 at 10:22 am //

    Will be a very nice boost for the stretch run!!

  6. Took long enough, but great news for Ti-Cats. Hoping he has a speedy recovery and will be back at the end of August. He has a great set of mitts, proven player, has slowed down a bit, but always seems to find an opening for the QB to find in clutch 2nd down situations.

  7. Glad to see Andy came to terms with his home team. We still miss him in Riderville, but playing for your home team is very special, good to see a great guy doing well. Hopefully no more injuries though!

  8. Big risk – they don’t even know if he will be able to run again.
    I think they are desperate after not signing Vandervoort, it was supposed to be a shoe-in to sign Vandervoort.
    Some no-name Canadian fillers as receivers this season.
    The Ticats will have the worst receiving corps in the East this year, only the Riders worse

    • Tasker, Toliver, Tyms, Elliott and Banks would beg to differ with you. But Ottawa still has a great receiving corps. While Montreal is solid with Lewis and Jackson the others remain to be seen, and outside of SJ Green the Argos are full of question marks.

      Signing AF is a risk but I would think the deal recognizes that. Hopefully he comes back at full capability and finishes out what’s been a good career.

    • The Iceman // May 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm //

      Don’t even know if he will be able to run again???
      He had knee surgery, he is an athlete. Of course he will be able to run again.
      I am predicting Cats will have the best receivers in the East this year. My buddy ZC will see to it that it happens!

  9. Ron Bates // May 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm //

    He was born for green black and white and only a Bear could have gutted them. The SWO was in dream world of US ball instead of getting a grip on it first. Go TC’s Go Fantuz Flakes!

  10. Garcia98 // May 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm //

    Great news. The Ti-Cats must be looking to him to be somewhat of a player-coach/mentor until he is healthy. With his personality and knowledge of the Canadian game and team offence, he will be a solid presence around the team. The younger Canadian receivers will certainly benefit having him around. If he can play anywhere close to what he was prior to his injury that will be an added bonus as well. Looking forward to a Calgary/Hamilton rematch in the Cup. 🙂

  11. Jeff May // May 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm //

    And the fans go Willlld!! Always the first to say hi to fans, out go-to guy is back!

  12. Jonnythec // May 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm //

    Guys a bandaid, keep him. And there’s no way the riders have the worst receiving corps. I would like to buy some of the drugs you are smoking please.

  13. Millsie // May 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm //

    I think there’s a collective “Sigh of Relief” that Andy’s back in the fold. Although there are no details yet on the contract, I’m guessing it’s heavy on performance bonuses, and ladened with If’s And’s or But’s to insure the Cats are protected while still giving Fantuz his contract. I didn’t read anywhere how long his contract runs.

  14. Great news! Sticky is back!

    • solara2000 // May 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm //

      Good news on Fantuz. Solid, experienced guy. Am sure he is doing his utmost to make Labour day.
      p.s. Just so he gets his due, I think Dave Stala had the nickname ‘Sticky’.

  15. mrnehnehincognito // May 18, 2017 at 1:48 pm //

    This is a looking to the past for future glory move. Old and oft injured. Waste of time. Austin should move forward with his program.
    Same with John Chick

    • Whoa!!!! Mr Negativity – Andy had a VERY strong season last year! (over 1000 yds I believe and a high catch total!) An ACL injury can happen to any athlete at any time but until that occurred Andy had had a VERY healthy season.
      Chick was tied for second in the league in sacks AND didn’t miss a game. Hardly a waste of time for Austin! Both are a great veteran presence on and off the field, and can help the younger players learn.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm //

        Time will tell I guess. I still say both are on the downhill

      • Chick still has something to prove and he played well last year.
        However, Fantuz will not contribute until he returns from injury probably Sept. He is an unknown due to his injury.
        The weakness in the team will be at the receiver position.

  16. Scottsask // May 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm //

    Chick is still easily a top 3 defensive end, I hope Fantuz will last at least 6 weeks. Chris Getzlaf is still without a team, give him a call.

    • Intriguing idea – we drafted Getzlaf in 2007 – he only played a couple of games – some internet sources list him as still playing for Edmonton but he is not on the roster of Eskimos’ website.

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