Jordan Gay, in the running for Ticats kicking job, signs with Titans

Kicker Jordan Gay, who the Hamilton Tiger-Cats brought to their rookie mini-camp late last month on a non-contract tryout basis, has signed with the Tennessee Titans of the NFL.

Gay, who was on the Ticats neg list, spent time on the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants practice roster and landed with Buffalo after the Bills claimed him off waivers in August 2014. He was used as a kick-off specialist playing in 33 games for Buffalo through three seasons. He was released in December and been a free agent since.

Gay was one of seven kickers the Ticats brought to Hamilton in April and was thought to be in the mix for a training camp invite, along with former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Sergio Castillo and former Arena leaguer Craig Peterson, who Tweeted he’d signed with the club. The team also held a workout for Canadian kickers earlier this month.

The Ticats are in the market for a kicker after allowing Brett Maher to leave via free agency.

Maher had two-thirds of a great season for the Ticats in 2016. After 13 weeks, he was third in the CFL with an 87.9 per cent accuracy rate on field goals while missing just one extra point. His 36.0 yard net punting average was good enough for fifth in the CFL. But by the end of the year, Maher’s field goal percentage had dipped to 82 per cent, he was sixth in net punting and his kickoff average had fallen almost two yards a boot. In the East Semi-Final loss to Edmonton, Maher missed a 35 yarder in the second quarter in a game the Ticats would eventually lose by a field goal.

The Ticats had discussions with Maher about returning but were reluctant to offer him much by the way of signing bonus or job security.

Maher signed with the Cleveland Browns in March but was released this month after the team took a kicker in the NFL Draft. He is currently a free agent.

 

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