Ti­cats trade Sim­mons, again

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

For the sec­ond time in his ca­reer, Brian Sim­mons has been traded away by the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats.

The veteran of­fen­sive line­man was dealt to Mon­treal Thurs­day for de­fen­sive back Ethan Davis. Davis, 24, played in 11 games (10 starts) last sea­son in his first year with the Als, post­ing 41 de­fen­sive tack­les and two forced fum­bles. The five-10, 188 pounder played pri­mar­ily at bound­ary cor­ner — a trou­ble spot for Hamil­ton last sea­son — be­fore go­ing on the six-game in­jury list af­ter a Sept. 9 game against B.C.

Sim­mons, 31, signed with the Cats in 2011 and has started 72 games in six CFL sea­sons. He can play many po­si­tions. He was dealt to the Ed­mon­ton in Septem­ber of 2015, and won a Grey Cup ring with the Eski­mos be­fore re-sign­ing with Hamil­ton last off-sea­son.

He started 11 Cat games last year, but fell out of favour and fin­ished the sea­son on the six-game in­jured list. Hamil­ton re­cently re-signed Xavier Ful­ton and also have Jake Ol­son (who missed last sea­son due to in­jury) and Jeremy Lewis un­der con­tract. They may also opt to start a Cana­dian at right tackle, less­en­ing the need for in­ter­na­tional tal­ent.

The Cats also agreed to terms with de­fen­sive back Cle­shawn Page, 24. He played five games in parts of the past two sea­sons with the Tab­bies, in­clud­ing two starts.

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