Green Bay Packers host Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ TE Nikola Kalinic for NFL workout

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The Green Bay Packers hosted Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ tight end Nikola Kalinic for a workout on Tuesday.

This is the latest in a long series of NFL workouts for the six-foot-four, 255-pound Canadian. He has already visited the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks with more opportunities expected to arise over the next few weeks.

The 24-year-old was selected in the second round, tenth overall, in the 2019 CFL Draft out of York University. He has since dressed for 30 games with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, recording 23 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns over two seasons. He worked out with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday and the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.

The Toronto native is an impact blocker and plays consistently on special teams, notching eight special teams tackles in 2021. He has experience at slotback, tight end, H-back, and fullback and has appeared in back-to-back Grey Cup games.

Kalinic made 15 catches for 168 yards in his final seasons with the York Lions before turning pro. He is slated to become a free agent in February, though he can sign with an NFL team before that if he if offered a contract.

The Packers finished atop the NFC North Division in 2021 with a 13-4 record, earning the No. 1 seed in the conference and a first-round bye in the postseason. They are slated to host the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday for a berth in the NFC Championship Game.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.