Hamilton Tiger-Cats add one-handed LB Shaquem Griffin to exclusive negotiation list

Photo courtesy: Seattle Seahawks

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have added American linebacker Shaquem Griffin to their exclusive negotiation list, per source.

The 26-year-old was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He played three seasons with the team, recording 25 total tackles, one tackle for loss, six quarterback hits, one sack, and one pass knockdown in 46 career games.

The native of St. Petersburg, Fla. spent a portion of the 2021 season on the practice roster with the Miami Dolphins, though he was released in October.

Griffin was born with constriction ring syndrome and had his left hand amputated at the age of four. He remains the only one-handed player ever to be drafted by an NFL team.

The six-foot, 227-pound defender had an excellent college career at the University of Central Florida where he made 195 total tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 16 pass knockdowns, five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, and three interceptions over five years (2013-17). He was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and was twice named first-team All-AAC (2016-17).

Griffin’s twin brother, Shaquill, was a third-round pick of the Seahawks in the 2017 NFL Draft. The pair played alongside each other for three seasons until 2021 when Shaquem signed with the Dolphins and Shaquill signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.