The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed strong-side linebacker Chris Edwards, per sources.
It’s a one-year contract for the 2023 season.
Last year with the Toronto Argonauts, Edwards recorded 36 tackles, two interception touchdowns and forced one fumble in 13 games. He made four tackles and two sacks in two playoff games, including in the Argos’ 109th Grey Cup win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Edwards missed the first three games of the 2022 season due to a league suspension for his role in a fan altercation following the East Final between the Ticats and Argonauts in 2021.
He played 14 games in his first year with the double blue in 2021, posting 37 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, which he returned for a league-high 162 yards, and two touchdowns. The six-foot-two, 217-pound SAM was named an East Division all-star and CFL all-star for the first time in his career after the pandemic-shortened season.
During his career in Canada, the University of Idaho product has amassed 185 defensive tackles, nine interceptions, five touchdowns, five forced fumbles and four sacks in 80 career games spent with Edmonton, B.C. and Toronto.
The Tiger-Cats had a need at the cover linebacker spot with all-star Kameron Kelly exploring XFL options. Edwards was among 3DownNation’s top-15 free agents.