Ticats release receiver Jalen Saunders

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released receiver Jalen Saunders.

The 26-year-old registered 45 receptions for 739 receiving yards and two touchdowns in nine games for the Tiger-Cats last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury in a Sept. 3 game against the Toronto Argonauts. Hamilton re-signed Saunders in December.

In 25 games over two seasons with Hamilton (2017-18), the native of Stockton, Calif., has accumulated 121 receptions for 1,909 yards and six touchdowns. He led the Tiger-Cats in receiving yards in 2017 with 1,170.

Saunders appeared in nine games with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints in the 2014 NFL season, posting one reception for eight yards, 15 punt returns for 125 yards and three kickoff returns for 139 yards. He also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears over his three-year NFL career.

Former teammate Brandon Banks does’t appear to be in favour of cutting Saunders.