Impact linebackers headline Hamilton Tiger-Cats potential free agent list

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats saw their season come to an end following a 28-17 loss to the Montreal Alouettes in the East Semi-Final on Sunday. As was often the case this year, the club made change at quarterback in the game as Dane Evans was benched in favour of Matthew Shiltz as the team looked for a “spark” on offence.

It was a disappointing season for the Ticats, who allowed a number of veterans to depart the team this past winter including Jeremiah Masoli, Jaelon Acklin, Brandon Banks, Ja’Gared Davis, and Lorenzo Mauldin. Hamilton will have to find a way to regroup this off-season as their Grey Cup drought has now reached 23 years.

Below is every player who is currently slated to reach free agency for the Ticats in February 2023.

Please note that “N” denotes nationals (ie. Canadians), “A” denotes Americans, and “G” denotes Globals.


Matthew Shiltz (A)

Running back

Wes Hills (A)
Sean Thomas-Erlington (N)

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Steven Dunbar Jr. (A)
Lemar Durant (N)
David Ungerer (N)
Papi White (A)
Tim White (A)

Offensive line

Colin Kelly (A)
Kay Okafor (N)

Defensive line

Malik Carney (A)
Julian Howsare (A)
Valentin Gnahoua (G)
Micah Johnson (A)
Ted Laurent (N)

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Kameron Kelly (A)
Simoni Lawrence (A)
Curtis Newton (N)
Jovan Santos-Knox (A)
Kyle Wilson (A)

Defensive back

Ciante Evans (A)
Richard Leonard (A)
Jumal Rolle (A)


Michael Domagala (N)

A number of players finished the season on the practice roster, including American quarterback Jalen Morton, American receiver Tony Brown, Global defensive tackle Chris Mulumba, American defensive tackle McKinley Williams, American defensive end Ronheen Bingham, Canadian linebacker Jared Beeksma, Canadian linebacker Jarek Richards, American defensive back Tony Collier, Canadian defensive back Mike Daly, American defensive back Rodney Randle Jr., and American defensive back Will Sunderland. As such, they are all currently free agents.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.