Hamilton Tiger-Cats sign Canadian DL David Menard: sources

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed veteran Canadian defensive lineman David Menard, per sources.

The 33-year-old had been a free agent since May 2, when he was released by the B.C. Lions to make room for the signing of NFL veteran Christian Covington to their roster. He played all 18 games for the Lions in 2023 as part of a heavy Canadian defensive line rotation, recording 14 defensive tackles and three sacks.

Menard was a fourth-round pick, 32nd overall, by the Lions in the 2014 CFL Draft out of the Université de Montréal. He has played in 144 games over nine seasons in the league and has registered 101 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, 38 sacks, and six forced fumbles.

The native of Chicoutimi, Que. played one season for the Montreal Alouettes in 2021 and was voted as the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian after recording 18 tackles, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles in 14 games. He returned to the Lions the following year and posted career numbers, registering 17 defensive tackles, a team-leading nine sacks, and one forced fumble in 2023.

The Tiger-Cats will wrap up their preseason on Friday, May 31 when they visit the Toronto Argonauts at 7:00 p.m. ET. Final roster cuts are to be made before midnight the following day.

J.C. Abbott is a University of British Columbia graduate and high school football coach. He covers the CFL, B.C. Lions, CFL Draft and the three-down league's Global initiative.