Hamilton Tiger-Cats release receiver Terry Godwin, one other

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released American receiver Terry Godwin.

He signed a one-year extension worth $93,200 in hard money, including a $5,000 signing bonus in February.

The 27-year-old made 68 receptions for 864 yards and six touchdowns in 2023, his first as a regular starter for the Ticats.

“We’re just going in a different direction. I told you guys the other day, we’ve got a lot of good receivers here and it was going to be a battle. And it’s going to be. I thought we needed to get more physical at receiver. The big guys are here for a reason,” head coach Scott Milanovich told reporters after practice.

“There’s a place for smaller guys. One of the best players I ever coached was Chad Owens and he was not a very big guy. Ben Cahoon was not a very big guy. There are also positions, the ones we’re trying to fill, where we’re looking for some bigger guys. You can’t have too many five-foot-seven, 180-pound guys the way this league is going where you can’t cut block on the perimeter anymore. The defensive backs are beating them up. We have got to get more physical at that position.”

The University of Georgia product was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers and earned $912,424 USD while playing for the Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans.

The five-foot-eleven, 185-pound target played 54 games in the Southeastern Conference with the Bulldogs from 2015 to 2019. During his NCAA career, he had 133 receptions for 1,788 yards and 11 touchdowns. He finished ranking 11th in school history in career receptions and 13th in receiving yards.

Hamilton also cut Canadian defensive lineman Mo Diallo. He was selected in the third round, 19th overall during the 2021 CFL Draft. The six-foot-five, 305-pounder played 28 games over two seasons in the Steel City. The 26-year-old Toronto native made 17 defensive tackles and two sacks.

The Ticats open the 2024 regular season by visiting the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium on Friday, June 7.