Ticats add another quarterback not named Manziel

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats now have four quarterbacks under contract – none of them named Johnny Manziel.

The Ticats announced Thursday that they’d signed quarterback Bryant Moniz who has played in 38 career games with Calgary (2014-15) and Saskatchewan (2016). He’s completed two of four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown while adding 37 carries for 109 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns as a short-yardage specialist.

He’s originally from Wahiawa, Hawaii and played for the University of Hawaii from 2009 to 2011, throwing for 10,169 yards and 75 touchdowns in 34 games. Hamilton head coach June Jones has strong connections to the program, having coached there from 1999 to 2007 and still lives on the island in the off-season.

The Ticats now have three quarterbacks with CFL experience – starter Jeremiah Masoli, recently-acquired Vernon Adams and Moniz – along with Dane Evans, who was signed late last year. General manager Eric Tillman said in an interview with 3DownNaton on Wednesday that the team was still in discussions with Manziel, who is on the Ticat neg list – but the team does not appear to be waiting around to fill their roster.

The Ticats also signed a pair of American offensive linemen in Casey Blaser and Wil Freeman.

Blaser was on the Ticats’ practice roster at the end of the 2017 season and spent time in NFL rookie camps with Tampa and Detroit after playing his college ball at Duke. Freeman, played at the University of Southern Mississippi before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons in May, 2017. They will compete for what’s expected to be a backup role behind starters Tony Washington and Ryker Mathews.