Ticats re-sign Canadian running backs Sean Thomas-Erlington, Maleek Irons

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed Canadian running backs Sean Thomas Erlington and Maleek Irons, both of whom were set to become free agents on Tuesday.

Thomas-Erlington played in 12 games in 2021 and made eight starts for the Ticats, recording 70 carries for 356 yards with four rushing touchdowns and 20 receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.

The five-foot-nine, 217-pound native of Montreal, Que., has played in 44 games over his four seasons with Hamilton (2017-21) and registered 138 carries for 799 yards and five rushing touchdowns with 38 receptions for 415 yards and two touchdowns.

The 29-year-old was originally selected by the Ticats in the eighth round, 66th overall in the 2017 CFL Draft out of the University of Montreal.

Irons appeared in 11 regular season games with Hamilton in 2021, registering 23 carries for 113 rushing and eight receptions for 57 yards. The six-foot, 230-pound native of Chilliwack, B.C. was selected by Hamilton in the third round, 22nd overall, in the 2019 CFL Draft.

The Ohio University product has played in 22 career CFL games over two seasons with the Ticats (2019-21), accumulating 321 rushing yards on 73 carries with one rushing touchdown and adding 18 receptions for 116 receiving yards.

Hamilton re-signed American running back Don Jackson last month, who is believed to be the projected starter for 2022.