Canadians get kicks with the Cats
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.