As the 2017 CFL Free Agency enters its second day, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats bid adieu to two key players from last year, with Beau Landry and Chad Owens – both of whom spent significant time on the Hamilton injury list – opting for other teams.
Tiger-Cats Lose Two in Free Agency 2017
Earlier on Wednesday, linebacker Beau Landry signed with the Calgary Stampeders. The former University of Western Ontario product served three seasons with the club. In his two seasons with the black and gold, Landry registered 29 tackles and two forced fumbles in his 36 career games. He spent most of the season on the injured reserve, but managed to play six games in 2016.
However, the bigger story was the departure of future CFL hall of fame-bound receiver Chad Owens from Hamilton after one season. Owens inked a two-year deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Prior to his late season-ending injury, Owens had a career renaissance year in 2016. The University of Hawaii product had 58 receptions for 808 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was a consummate professional on and off the field with his community work, which can’t be overlooked.
Although both players were injured for considerable time during their stays in Hamilton, they are also quality players and will need replacing. If the Tiger-Cats management isn’t reaching out to agents for available receivers and linebackers to replace these two players, they should be.
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