Ticats trade former CFL all-star DB Abdul Kanneh to Argos

The QEW rivals have made a trade as the cutdown deadline looms.

Hamilton sent defensive back Abdul Kanneh to Toronto for an eighth-round selection in the 2019 CFL Draft. 

The 27-year-old played in seven games making 17 tackles, two sacks, forced one fumble and knocked down one pass with the Ticats last season after signing in 2017 free agency. Kanneh won a Grey Cup with Ottawa in 2016 where he played three seasons with the Redblacks. 

Over 50 CFL games, Kanneh has 155 tackles,12 interceptions, six forced fumbles and five sacks during his four seasons in the CFL. He was a CFL all-star in 2015 after recording single-season career highs in tackles (57), interceptions (6), and forced fumbles (4). 


24 Comments on Ticats trade former CFL all-star DB Abdul Kanneh to Argos

  1. CFL FAN // June 10, 2018 at 9:54 am //

    Wasn’t he the guy who got a hand on Buckley’s ankle to save the grey cup for Ottawa?

    • Yes and Ottawa didn’t re-sign him. One great play in the Grey Cup that was it.
      But an eighth round pick?…………lol considering that two first round picks from the 2017 draft have been released and the others on the list are all backups, the 1st round of the Canadian draft isn’t much never mind the 8th round

  2. Wow not much in return for a player that offers so much position flexibility. Isn’t he the best SAM that the Ticats have? What am I missing?

  3. Ticats1 // June 10, 2018 at 9:58 am //

    What a major disappointment Kanneh turned out to be. When the Cats signed him I thought it was a great move. Let’s hope he doesn’t come back to haunt them.

    • Steve J. // June 10, 2018 at 11:09 am //

      Like Johnny Sears, Cassius Vaughan and Ed Gainey? As soon as these guys left Hamilton they all became All-Stars (again). What is it with our Defensive Backfield that turns All-Pros into chumps?

    • He was signed as an FA and then injured for most of last season. Probably a combination of cap and not recovered 100% from his injury

  4. TrueBlue // June 10, 2018 at 10:07 am //

    Little doubt Trestman/Archer have (a) spot(s) in mind for this experienced, talented player (we saw last year how favourably this can pan out for former Tabbie DBs).

  5. Under trestman it just may come back to haunt us . His productivity has definitely declined obviously there was some one better in camp. That being said it seems most of the cast offs from Hamilton that are sent to Toronto in the last year or two have turned there careers around .

  6. Sir Gallahan of the Prairies // June 10, 2018 at 10:51 am //

    It’s hard to watch trades like this. It’s such a small league so the choices are limited. Still with that being said I remember the GMs of yester years! They would never ever trade a player to their biggest rival.
    It just seems strange.

    • That’s probably because the Ticats know he is not the player he was with Ottawa, they aren’t worried that he can be an effective starter with the Argos.

  7. I for one am tired of trading starters on speculation.
    Player for player might be nice for a change.

  8. Marc L Aubrey // June 10, 2018 at 10:54 am //

    What a plain dumb move by the Ti-Cats. Who is taking these bad decisions?
    First it was Bomben, then Coleman, and now Kanneh.
    I have been a fan since 1963. These rank with the worst moves ever.
    No one on the Ti-Cat staff is in opposition with these decisions?
    The way they are going they are doing their best to remain bottom dwellers!!!!

  9. Stinks of a cap move. Other cheaper DB’s on the roster.
    Also another purge from the Austin era

    • Sea of Dead // June 10, 2018 at 11:16 am //

      I agree with your first sentence (Why pay more for something you can get on the cheap?)… The Austin thing is a bit of a stretch considering that a number of ‘Austin’ signed players remain with the team.

    • Cap plus he probably never recovered completely from the injury. The coaches have decided that the new guy is better.

  10. This seems a bit surprising to me although I heard that he didn’t really have a great camp. But they also tried to put him at corner when he’s much better at HB so that isn’t going to help him succeed. Maybe he just hasn’t been able to recover from last season’s injury. Hopefully whoever they have in mind to replace him soon makes us forget that he was a good player. If they were going to cut him anyway then better a draft pick – even a late round, than nothing.

  11. 19 years and counting nice move Cats just like Davon Coleman who by the way had a sack and a force fumble which resulted into a TD for their defence and 2 tackles for BC the other night in less than a half a game! And people are mentioning Vaughn what about Rico Murray the Cats cut him saying he could not stay Healthy then he played in all 18 games and three playoff games for the Argo’s last year! A disaster of a Franchise.

  12. Peter North // June 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm //

    I stopped expecting much from this franchise years ago. Just let things play out and see where they go.

    I’m not gonna get mad, nothing you can do.

  13. Please don’t embarrass yourself with the absurd proclamations that Kanneh “never recovered from his injury”.

    FFS, he strained a hip flexor in training camp then hurt his elbow during the season and people want to pretend they’re career ending “injuries.” The guy is 27yrs old – – anybody want to try and suggest he’s past his prime?

    The problem with Kanneh in Hamilton is two fold. Biggest issue is that they had him miscast and playing out of position. He’s a CB – – not a LB. It was such an asinine personnel decision to switch his position like that.

    Secondly, when Kanneh did finally get back onto the field it was s totally new braintrust with June Jones running the show. Since Kanneh was not one of “his guys” Jones wouldn’t have the same regard for him, which made him expendable.

  14. Peter North // June 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm //

    Cassius Vaughn came into the CFL as a CB with the Cats, they let him go and the Argos played him as a LB if I recall, sometimes moving guys works and sometimes it doesn’t.

    Kanneh just never got a chance to establish himself after signing as an FA, injured for the most part and now he’s gone.

    Good luck to him.

    • Cassius Vaughn was a complete disaster at CB for Hamilton. Constantly getting torched in coverage. He had to be moved to another position.

      Kanneh was a league all star at CB. The RedBags got cute and moved him to HB, where he was still s divisional all star. Hamilton made the nonsensical decision to move him to LB where he struggled.

      Kanneh should never have been moved from CB – – not when he’d had so much success there.

  15. Dundas dude // June 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm //

    As long as he’s not hoisting the Cup in November and running around celebrating. This must be salary cap related, but the rich get richer.

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