Ticats make Brandon Banks signing official

As 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk reported on Wednesday, the Tiger-Cats have inked Brandon Banks to a contract extension.

Banks posted career receiving highs in catches (67), yards (1,011) and touchdowns (eight). Speedy B had 52 yards before Labour Day and 959 in 10 games after.

“Brandon has been a game-changer on special teams and one of the premier playmakers in the Canadian Football League since his arrival in 2013,” Hamilton head coach June Jones said in a statement. “Last season, he also transformed into an explosive every-down receiver in our offence and we’re thrilled to have him back as a starter in 2018.”

The 30-year-old led the CFL after Labour Day last season in targets (t87), receptions (59) and touchdown receptions (seven), and was second in receiving yards (959). The 2015 Most Outstanding Special Teams Player played in all 18 of Hamilton’s regular season games in 2017 had 38 punt returns for 385 yards and one touchdown, and 34 kickoff returns for 624 yards.

Last season, Banks became just the eighth player in CFL history to record five consecutive 100-yard receiving games from September 30 versus Toronto to October 27 at Ottawa.

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21 Comments on Ticats make Brandon Banks signing official

  1. Beth Dalley // January 5, 2018 at 10:14 am //

    Good news to hear

  2. Welcome back Mr Banks, (along with your biggest fan, your mother, Happy New Year, Mrs Banks!).
    2018: Buy Your Grey Cup tickets now!!

  3. Is it summer yet?!!

    2018: The Year of the Cats!

  4. Yes! Yes! Yes!

  5. Noodles Romanoff // January 5, 2018 at 10:37 am //

    Awesome. Keep the signings coming. On another note…is it only January???? Gawd!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait for the season to start.

  6. Tommy Troll // January 5, 2018 at 10:55 am //

    Good news. Any word about Terrence Tolliver. Where is he with rehab. Will he be at OTAs and/or training camp ???

  7. Great signing for the Cats. Tasker still to come, but O/tackle Washington may be more important than ST in Hamilton’s offensive plans. On D, Dean and Cappiciotti the priority. I think Laurent is moving. Hamilton has a few young national D lineman that are ready to step in.

  8. RalphInTheCreek // January 5, 2018 at 11:40 am //

    Speedy hasn’t reached his potential as a receiver yet, why only one year.

    • That could be his choice or it may have to do with the league asking teams not to pay 2019 offseason bonuses to players ahead of next year’s contract negotiations. Might even be a combination of both. Players could be hoping that there’ll be a significant increase to the salary cap in the next CBA which could translate into better contracts for them in 2019.

      Regardless it’s good to have Speedy B staying and some consistency in the receiving corps for Masoli.

      George – I agree – re-signing Tasker should be not much further down the priority list and Washington as well. With the extra cap space that results from Collaros being traded, hopefully the Ticats can sign pretty much all of their key free agents as their list is not too extensive (for a change!) this year.

  9. Banks really surprised me as a full time receiver last year. I’m excited to see how he does in that role for 18 games in 2018.

    Banks, Saunders, Toliver, Jones, Fantuz, Chambers, Faubert-Lussier, Aultman all under contract for 2018. Looking good. Would love to see Tasker back.

  10. Tasker, Ted and Dean are MUST’s… they will use the remaining cash leftover to structure a contract with Manziel in February.

  11. Beth Dalley // January 5, 2018 at 1:14 pm //

    Brandon is a great receiver period

  12. Great to see Banks back!

  13. Dundas dude // January 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm //

    I have seen few players dominate a game, like Banks can. The tail end of the ‘14 season was incredible, and the last half of 2017 was almost equally as remarkable. This is a great signing, as his role on this team, matures. I would like to see Tasker and Dean back too, and maybe with some of the presumed savings on Zach’s salary there’ll be some coin available for some free agents. Things are looking up, and the last 10 games of 2017 were entertaining. 2018 should be good!

  14. i wonder if they will convert the Olympic sprinter to a reciever or keep at returner

  15. Good. Load up and hit it again. More Masoli to Banks…love it.

  16. Peter North // January 5, 2018 at 5:32 pm //

    Let Laurent walk. Use one or two of those high draft picks on Canadian beef for the D-line. Apparently this is a deep draft so 4 picks in the top 15 should be put to good use.

    Retaining guys like Dean, Washington and Tasker should be next on the to do list.

    Glad Ryker Mathews should be back next year. He was a beast on the O line.

  17. Agree re Mathews. 6’6″ and 320…pretty darn imposing.

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