Cana­di­ans get kicks with the Cats

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DREW ED­WARDS ded­wards@thes­ 905-526-2481 | @scratch­ing­post

The Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats hunt for a kicker is con­tin­u­ing — this time with can­di­dates from north of the bor­der.

Sources say the team worked out sev­eral Cana­dian kick­ers at Tim Hor­tons Field Wed­nes­day, in­clud­ing the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa’s Lewis Ward, the Univer­sity of Mon­treal’s David Deschamps and Car­leton’s Mike Do­ma­gala.

The team is in the mar­ket for a kicker after let­ting Brett Ma­her leave via free agency. The Ti­cats had dis­cus­sions with Ma­her about re­turn­ing but were re­luc­tant to of­fer him much in the way of sign­ing bonus or job se­cu­rity after he strug­gled late in the sea­son.

Ma­her signed with the Cleve­land Browns in March but was re­leased by the club on Tues­day and is again a free agent.

The team brought seven kick­ers to mini-camp last week, in­clud­ing for­mer Win­nipeg Blue Bomber Ser­gio Castillo and ex-Buf­falo Bill Jor­dan Gay. Craig Peter­son, a 31year-old who went to train­ing camp with the Red­blacks in 2014 tweeted on Tues­day that he’d been signed by the club.

That said, an en­try-level deal would not have included a sign­ing bonus so the Ti­cats could re­lease him be­fore the start of camp with no cap im­pli­ca­tions (it’s one of the rea­sons teams don’t an­nounce these deals un­til closer to camp).

Given where they are in the process, if Ma­her does return to the Ti­cats, it will likely be un­der the orig­i­nal con­di­tions: with the chance to com­pete for the job in train­ing camp.

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