Former NFL linebacker Kyle Wilson opts out of Ticats contract

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Kyle Wilson has opted out of his CFL contract and is looking for another NFL chance. 

Wilson signed with the Ticats in March, it was a rookie contract, which means one year plus an option through until February 2022 and Hamilton retains his rights in Canada.

The 24-year-old Wilson appeared in three regular season and two playoff games with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018, registering four combined tackles overall. The six-foot, 229-pound native of Wichita, Kansas was originally signed as an undrafted NFL free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles and spent time on the team’s practice roster until October 2018 before joining the Chargers through August 2019.

Prior to turning pro, Wilson spent two years at Arkansas State University (2016-2017), posting 172 total tackles, 24 tackles for loss, four quarterback sacks, one interception, one pass knock down and one forced fumble in 25 games while earning second team All-Sun Belt honours in 2017. He began his collegiate career at Hutchinson Community College where he helped lead the Blue Dragons to a Jayhawk Conference Championship in 2014 as a freshman.

Even though Wilson was out of the NFL for the entire 2019 regular season and playoffs, he’s hopeful his experience leads to an opportunity south of the border.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.