Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Cats Sign Four, Release One

The Tiger-Cats made a slew of moves today, signing four 2011 draft picks and releasing veteran non-import Offensive Lineman Wayne Smith.

The Cats inked Offensive Lineman Pascal Baillargeon, Defensive Lineman Marc-Antoine Fortin, Fullback Tyrell Francisco and Linebacker Patrick Jean-Mary. Baillargeon and Fortin were third-round picks, while Francisco and Jean-Mary were fifth-round selections. All four will come to camp to compete for spots on the roster.

Hamilton also released former No. 1 overall pick Wayne Smith. Smith was a first-round selection of the Tiger-Cats in 2004, and spent three seasons in Black & Gold before spending four seasons in Saskatchewan and then returning to Hamilton last year. It's a little surprising to see the team release Smith because he is a valuable depth guy with his ability to play any position on the Offensive Line. Someone of Smith's talents will find another home in the CFL soon enough.

I would expect the Cats to do a little more tinkering with the roster as we get closer to the start of Off-season Voluntary Workouts next month.

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