Ticats sign Canadian OL Chris Van Zeyl after Argos release

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed Canadian offensive lineman Chris Van Zeyl to a two-year contract, per sources.

The 35-year-old played 10 seasons with the Argos prior to being released by Toronto on Saturday. He was due a $40,000 report and pass bonus on Sunday and had been slated to be one of the highest paid offensive linemen in the league. Van Zeyl was earning in the $230,000 range per season on the three-year contract extension he signed with the Argos in January of 2017.

Van Zeyl is a two-time CFL all-star and twice has hoisted the Grey Cup, both with the double blue. He was selected in the third round, 18th overall by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2007 CFL draft. After spending parts of two seasons with the Als Van Zeyl was released and signed by the Argos days later. The McMaster University product has played in 156 career CFL games.

Th six-foot-six, 312-pounder is a rare Canadian who can play tackle at a high level.