The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed running back Tyrell Sutton.
Sutton signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argos in the off-season, but never played a down for the double blue. He spent parts of six seasons in Montreal and ended last year with the B.C. Lions after the Alouettes sent him to the west coast in a trade.
The 32-year-old has played 73 career games carrying the football 698 times for 3,841 yards averaging 5.5 yards per carry while scoring 17 touchdowns. He’s caught 178 passes for 1,539 yards and three majors.
His best campaign came in 2015 when he rushed for 1,059 yards and found the end zone five times on 180 carries while hauling in 43 balls for 334 yards and two scores through the air. For his efforts Sutton was named a CFL all-star.
Sutton is a physical runner who gives the Ticats an American option with Cameron Marshall on the six-game injured list. He has NFL carries and experience on his resume from 16 games with the Carolina Panthers in 2009 and 2010. Sutton recorded 139 rushing yards on 25 carries to go along with 18 catches for 132 yards.
That NFL opportunity came after a decorated career at Northwestern University. Sutton totalled 3,886 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns on 731 carries (5.3 yards per carry) with 149 grabs for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns. He was an All-American freshmen in 2005 posting 1,474 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground plus 346 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
Canadian options Sean Thomas-Erlington and Maleek Irons are on the six-game injured list. Anthony Coombs started the Labour Day Classic at running back but Jackson Bennett took over. The University of Ottawa product posted career highs with 12 carries for 77 yards and one touchdown and three receptions for 28 yards.
The addition of Sutton provides Hamilton with flexibility from a ratio standpoint at running back.