The Tiger-Cats announced the release of seven players yesterday. The releases come a week after the team held a three-day mini camp at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Out of the seven, three names stand out: Brandon Denson, Loyce Means and Jeremy Kelley. None of the three were big-time contributers, but they all saw time on the field in 2011.
Means probably had the biggest impact of the three after signing with the Cats mid way through the season. Means started a few games last year and looked pretty good. It looked like he had a future with the team
Denson looked impressive coming out of camp last year, but with three All-Star-level players at Linebacker, a decent backup in Ray Mariuz and the signing of former Argo Kevin Eiben, there was little room or need for another player at Linebacker.
Kelley, like Denson, was a victim of the numbers game. Hamilton has so much talent at Receivers – a point I made in my latest piece over at Examiner – that it would have been extremely difficult for Kelley to find his way on the field. It's a shame, because he looks like a player that has the size and skills to be a very good Receiver.
The Cats also let go of Cobrani Mixon, Marc Schiechl, Thad Turner and Brandon Gilbeaux.