CFL all-star defensive back Cariel Brooks re-ups for two seasons with Ticats

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed American defensive back Cariel Brooks to a two-year contract extension through the 2023 season.

He was scheduled to become a free agent on Tuesday, February 8.

The 30-year-old Brooks played 12 games for the Ticats during the shortened 2021 regular season, registering a league-leading five interceptions while also adding 23 total tackles, three pass knockdowns and one quarterback sack. The 5-10, 200-pound native of Miami, FL was named a CFL all-star for the first time in his career and an East Division all-star for the second time (2018, 2021).

The Adams State University product has played 58 games over his four-year CFL career with the Tabbies (2017-2021), totalling 172 total tackles, two quarterback sacks, 12 interceptions and four forced fumbles. Prior to joining the Tiger-Cats, Brooks spent training camp with the Toronto Argonauts in 2017 and also spent two seasons with the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals (2015-2016).