The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with American defensive lineman Casey Sayles, per sources. The deal is worth approximately $200,000 annually.
The 27-year-old made 36 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles over 18 starts at defensive tackle with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2022, setting all-new career-highs. He made 28 tackles and five sacks as a CFL rookie in 2021.
The six-foot-four, 282-pound defender went unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Ohio University. He had stints with the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, AAF, and XFL before signing with Winnipeg ahead of the 2021 season.
Sayles recorded 110 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, six knockdowns, and three fumble recoveries over four seasons with the Bobcats (2013-16).
Pending free agents from around the league are currently permitted to negotiate contracts as part of the CFL’s “legal tampering” period that opened this past weekend. The window will close on Sunday, Feb. 12 before free agency officially gets underway on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at noon eastern time.