The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed American defensive end Julian Howsare to a contract extension.
Howsare shared the news on social media: signed through 2022 in the Hammer. Now let’s get to work to bring that grey cup to Hamilton.
Howsare appeared in all 18 regular season games with 10 starts at defensive end for the Ticats in 2019, registering 22 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, three tackles for loss and a career-high six quarterback sacks. The six-foot-three, 255-pound native of Altoona, Pennsylvania also suited up in both of Hamilton’s playoff games, including the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary.
Howsare has appeared in 33 career Canadian Football League games over two seasons (2018-2019) in Hamilton, accumulating 48 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, six tackles for loss, nine sacks, one forced fumble and one pass knock down.
The versatile athlete converted to fullback after signing with the New York Jets as an undrafted NFL free agent on May 8, 2015. He played two games with the Jets in 2016 before a short stint later that season with the Seattle Seahawks. Howsare returned to the Jets in 2017 and attended training camp before being released.
The 28-year-old played 43 games at defensive end over four seasons at Clarion University (2011-2014), posting 256 total tackles, 47.5 tackles for loss, 33 quarterback sacks and 14 pass knock downs. In 2014, Howsare was a first team All-American, and was named a finalist for both the Cliff Harris Award (top defensive player in NCAA Division II) and Gene Upshaw Award (top lineman in Division II).