Masoli, Evans headline Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ potential free agent list

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were unable to end a 22-year Grey Cup drought at home on Sunday, dropping a 33-25 overtime contest to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The club is reportedly about to undergo plenty of turnover with head coach Orlondo Steinauer possibly headed to the University of Washington and offensive coordinator Tommy Condell possibly heading to the U.S. Members of the club’s front office are also reportedly receiving interest from Edmonton and Ottawa regarding their GM vacancies.

Quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli and Dane Evans, both of whom started in the postseason, are both pending free agents and it’s unlikely the club will be able to retain both. Other stars set to hit the market include Brandon Banks, Ja’Gared Davis, and Simoni Lawrence.

Below is the list of players who are set to become free agents in February 2022. Please note that “N” denotes nationals (ie. Canadians), “A” denotes Americans, and “G” denotes Globals.


Dane Evans (A)
Jeremiah Masoli (A)
David Watford (A)

Running Back

Jackson Bennett (N)
Maleek Irons (N)
Don Jackson (A)
Nikola Kalinic (N)
Sean Thomas-Erlington (N)


Jaelon Acklin (A)
Brandon Banks (A)
Steven Dunbar Jr. (A)
David Ungerer (N)

Offensive Line

Darius Ciraco (N)
Mike Filer (N)
Jesse Gibbon (N)
Kay Okafor (N)
Brandon Revenberg (N)
Chris Van Zeyl (N)
Travis Vornkahl (A)

Defensive Line

Ja’Gared Davis (A)
Julian Howsare (A)
Ted Laurent (N)
Lorenzo Mauldin (A)
Dylan Wynn (A)


Chris Frey (A)
Simoni Lawrence (A)
Curtis Newton (N)
Jovan Santos-Knox (A)
Kyle Wilson (A)

Defensive Back

Tunde Adeleke (N)
Tyrice Beverette (A)
Cariel Brooks (A)
Mike Daly (N)
Ciante Evans (A)
Jumal Rolle (A)
Courtney Stephen (N)
Channing Stribling (A)
Frankie Williams (A)



Long snapper

Gordon Whyte (N)

It should also be noted that players who finished the postseason on the practice roster are currently free agents, including receiver Jalin Marshall, defensive back Channing Stribling, offensive lineman John Yarbrough, and defensive lineman Valentin Gnahoua.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.