Ti­cats ex­tend of­fen­sive tackle Ful­ton’s con­tract

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DREW ED­WARDS ded­wards@thes­pec.com 905-526-2481 | @scratch­ing­post

The Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats have agreed to terms on a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with of­fen­sive tackle Xavier Ful­ton, per CFL sources.

Ful­ton, who was set to be­come a free agent in Fe­bru­ary, was ac­quired last Oc­to­ber along with Cana­dian de­fen­sive line­man Justin Capic­ciotti in ex­change for na­tional de­fen­sive tackle Lin­den Gay­dosh, in­ter­na­tional re­ceiver Tommy Streeter and fourth and sev­enth round 2017 CFL Draft se­lec­tions.

The 30-year-old Ful­ton started four reg­u­lar sea­son games for Hamil­ton as well as the East Semi­fi­nal, all at left tackle.

The 30-year-old Ful­ton was orig­i­nally a fifth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers in the 2009 NFL Draft. He had stints with Wash­ing­ton, In­di­anapo­lis and San Fran­cisco be­fore join­ing the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos in 2012. He was traded to the Rid­ers for a fifthround pick and played five sea­sons, win­ning the 2013 Grey Cup.

By re-sign­ing Ful­ton, the Ti­cats now have plenty of vet­eran Amer­i­can depth on the of­fen­sive line.

In ad­di­tion to Ful­ton, Hamil­ton also has Jake Ol­son (who missed last sea­son with a torn patella), Jeremy Lewis and Brian Sim­mons un­der con­tract for next sea­son.

The team also has the op­tion of play­ing four Cana­di­ans up front with ei­ther vet­eran Ryan Bomben or sec­ond-year man Bran­don Reven­berg slid­ing out to the right tackle spot.

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