The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are set to create one of the most feared American interior defensive line combinations in recent CFL history, coming to terms on a one-year deal with Saskatchewan Roughriders’ defensive tackle Micah Johnson, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.
The move would pair up Johnson with recently re-signed defensive tackle Dylan Wynn, creating a duo with a combined 71 career sacks and six All-Star selections.
Entering his ninth CFL season, the soon-to-be 34-year-old Johnson had a down year with the Riders, recording 19 tackles and two sacks in 12 games. His days as an elite pass rusher may be behind him, but the Kentucky product remains almost impossible to knock back at the line of scrimmage and could free up Wynn to create chaos.
In 108 career games, Johnson has amassed 203 tackles, 47 sacks, two interceptions and six forced fumbles. His best season came with the Calgary Stampeders in 2018, when he finished second in the league with 14 quarterback takedowns.
The move likely means that the Ticats will be moving on from 34-year-old Canadian Ted Laurent and switching their starting ratio. The future hall of famer has commanded the middle in the Hammer for seven seasons, but finished 2021 without a sack for the first time in his career.
Johnson cannot officially sign with Hamilton until free agency opens on February 8.