Ticats release defensive end Eric Norwood

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released veteran defensive end Eric Norwood, according to CFL sources.

The 27-year-old Norwood played three seasons in Hamilton, playing in 42 games and an earning a East Division all-star nod in 2014 when he finished the season tied for second in the CFL in quarterback sacks with 13.

But Norwood battled injuries last season, playing in just 10 games, and suffered a serious knee injury in the East semi-final win over Toronto. He would not have been ready for training camp and would have likely missed – optimistically – at least half the season. Norwood was on his second CFL contract and was thought to be making in neighbourhood of $90,000 per season.

The move comes just days after the Ticats held their off-season mini-camp, which included several import defensive ends. The team also signed veteran John Chick to a free agent contract in January.

A number of Ticat players took to Twitter to react to Norwood’s release…

 

In other news, the Edmonton Eskimos have signed former Ticat offensive lineman Joel Figueroa to a free agent contract. The 26-year-old Florida native struggled with injury in his time in Hamilton, starting 26 games over three seasons.

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