Hamilton Tiger-Cats release Canadian receiver Mike Jones

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released Canadian receiver Mike Jones one month after bringing him back following a stint with the Edmonton Elks.

The six-foot, 180-pound receiver was originally selected by Hamilton in the third round of the 2016 CFL Draft out of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. He played 58 games over his four seasons with the team (2016-19), making 101 receptions for 1,472 yards and four touchdowns. Jones was a full-time starter with the team in 2019, helping them reach a 15-3 regular season record and a berth in the Grey Cup.

The 29-year-old signed with the Edmonton Elks as a free agent in January 2021 and played 18 games over two seasons with the club, recording 37 catches for 494 yards and two touchdowns. He started the first seven games of the season at field-side wide receiver prior to his release from the team.

Jones started one game in his second stint with the Ticats, making three receptions for 30 yards. Rookie receiver Kiondre Smith has since taken over as the starter at field-side wide receiver and has made 14 catches for 175 yards on the year.

Born in Toronto and raised in Texas, Jones has played a career total of 77 CFL games and made 141 receptions for 1,996 yards and six touchdowns.