Ticats ink Global punter Bailey Flint, three others

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed four players ahead of training camp, including Global punter Bailey Flint, American defensive backs Dexter Lawson Jr., Carthell Flowers-Lloyd and American offensive lineman Kendrick Sartor.

Flint was selected by the Tiger-Cats with the second overall pick in the 2022 CFL Global Draft out of the University of Toledo. The Australian played 49 games over five seasons with the Rockets, twice earning nominations for the Ray Guy Award. He totalled 209 punts for 8,426 yards (40.3 yards per punt) with a career-long of 72 yards and 82 punts inside the 20-yard line, earning an invite to Pittsburgh Steelers mini-camp in 2022.

Lawson Jr. began his collegiate career at Central Connecticut State University, recording 74 tackles, six tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, one forced fumble, eight interceptions and 13 pass breakups in 29 games over three seasons. The five-foot-ten, 190-pound  cornerback transferred to Appalachian State in 2022, collecting 26 total tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, three interceptions, and eight passes defended in 12 games as a senior.

Flowers-Lloyd wrapped up his collegiate career at Stony Brook University, earning third-team all-conference honours after registering 70 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and four pass breakups in 10 games. The six-foot-two, 205-pound safety transferred from Eastern Michigan University, where he posted 25 tackles in 31 appearances over three seasons.

Sartor has played 33 games at Marshall University, starting every game at right tackle in each of the past two seasons. The six-foot-seven, 316-pound blocker has experience playing both sides on the line of scrimmage.

The Ticats also announced the retirement of Canadian linebacker Grant McDonald.

Originally selected with the 14th overall pick in the second round of the 2021 CFL Draft by the Edmonton Elks, McDonald was traded to Hamilton last offseason. In 32 career games between the two teams, he has recorded 24 special teams tackles.