Ticats trade Simmons, again
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.