Thursday, 13 September 2012

Cats Deal Brown to Eskimos

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have sent fullback Darcy Brown to the Edmonton Eskimos for defensive back Ricardo Colclough and a 2015 sixth-round draft pick.

Brown was either criminally underutilized or completely miscast in his role with the Ti-Cats. He was a slotback in university and was drafted to be a fullback, a role he seemed ill-suited for, and barely made any impact with the team. He was a very good special teams player, but guys don't get drafted in the first round to be good special teams players.

I don't blame Brown for his lack of success with the Ti-Cats, I blame two coaching staffs that didn't really know what to do with him. I thought after he signed his contract extension in the winter that we would see noted offensive guru George Cortez take advantage of his size (6'4", 251 lbs.) to create some interesting mismatches. Instead, Brown played even less than he did under former head coach Marcel Bellefeuille and was even a healthy scratch in a couple of games. Edmonton will give him a fresh start.

In Colclough, the Cats get a first-year CFL player, but an six-year NFL veteran. Colclough was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004 and played on their Super Bowl winning team just one year later. After bouncing around the NFL and UFL, Colclough signed with the Eskimos in March.

The Cats also announced that they have released defensive tackle Robert Rose. Rose looked great when he arrived in Hamilton last fall, but he never lived up to his enormous potential this season. The recently acquired Torrey Davis will likely take Rose's place in the lineup.

Best of luck to both Brown and Rose in the future.

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