Ticats re-sign dynamic CFL all-star, Canadian safety Tunde Adeleke

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed national defensive back Tunde Adeleke to a two-year contract through the 2021. 

Adeleke started 15 games at safety and suited up in 18 games overall in his first season with the Ticats in 2019. He set single-season career highs with 52 tackles and two interceptions. The five-foot-10, 208-pound defensive back added two pass knock downs and one tackle for loss on the season, earning CFL all-star honours for the first time in his career.

The 24-year-old who was born in Lagos, Nigeria but grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, has appeared in 48 games with 30 starts over his three-year CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders (2017-18) and Hamilton (2019). Adeleke has registered 97 defensive tackles, two quarterback sacks, two interceptions, five pass knock downs, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries – one of which he returned 20 yards for a touchdown.

In addition, Adeleke has been a regular contributor on special teams, posting 29 special teams tackles, returned 27 punts for 358 yards and two touchdowns, and six kickoff returns for 119 yards.

The Carleton University product has also suited up in six playoff games in his career, including three consecutive Grey Cup games. He was part of the Stampeders CFL championship team in 2018.

Adeleke is a versatile defensive back who has started games at strong-side linebacker. The Ticats needed to bring Adeleke back.