Former Eskimo OL Tony Washington set to join the Ticats

Veteran offensive tackle Tony Washington appears set to join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, just hours after his release from, Edmonton.

The 31-year-old Washington has made 74 starts in seven CFL seasons with Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton, winning a Grey Cup with the Eskimos in 2015. He started last Friday’s game against Hamilton at left tackle but was released by Edmonton this afternoon.

A CFL source confirmed the deal was likely to be finalized shortly.

Washington has worked hard to overcome the stigma of being a registered sex offender in the state of Texas and sources say he is well-regarded by former teammates, coaches and fans.

The Ticats have had their struggles along the offensive line, particularly at tackle, having allowed a league-high 57 quarterback pressures along with 15 sacks (fifth in the CFL.)

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