Ticats release former Riders quarterback David Watford

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released quarterback David Watford.

Watford wrote on Twitter: God makes no mistakes! Thank you for the opportunity. 

The Ticats had re-signed Watford in January 2020 following the 2019 season. Hamilton initially brought him in after Jeremiah Masoli suffered a season-ending ACL knee injury.

Watford appeared in 12 regular season games with the Ticats last season, completing 5-of-8 passes for 74 passing yards. He added 16 carries for 40 rushing yards and was tied for sixth in the CFL with a team-high six rushing touchdowns. The native of Hampton, Virginia also suited up in both of Hamilton’s playoff games, including the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary.

Watford has appeared in 30 career CFL games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ticats combined, connecting on 20-of-40 pass attempts for 242 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, while adding 34 carries for 133 yards and six rushing touchdowns.

The Hampton University product went unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, but signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as a receiver. Watford spent the 2016 season on the Eagles practice roster. However, Philly waived the six-foot-two, 212-pounder during training camp in 2017.

Watford is an athletic quarterback who can handle short yardage duties and has experience in the three-down league.