A smooth glass of Ciante: Tiger-Cats re-sign all-star defensive back Ciante Evans

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed American defensive back Ciante Evans.

Evans started 13 regular season games for the Ticats in 2021, registering 43 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception and eight pass knockdowns. The five-foot-eleven, 195-pound native of Fort Worth, Texas also started two playoff games for the black and gold last year recording 11 tackles.

Evans had four tackles and one tackle for loss in Hamilton’s 108th Grey Cup loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The University of Nebraska product has played 74 games over six seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders (2015-2018), Montreal Alouettes (2019) and Tiger-Cats. Over his six-year CFL career, Evans has 199 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, 13 interceptions and three forced fumbles.

The 29-year-old has been named a CFL all-star once in his career (2017) and a West Division all-star twice in 2017 and 2018. All those accolades came while Evans was with the Stamps. Evans has yet to miss the playoffs in Canada and has made the Grey Cup four times (2016, 2017, 2018, 2021) winning the championship with Calgary in 2018.

The Ticats initially added Evans in free agency in 2021 and he re-joins a secondary already featuring Jumal Rolle, Cariel Brooks, Tunde Adeleke, Stavros Katsantonis, Richard Leonard and Alden Darby, who was acquired in free agency this off-season.

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