Fantuz will be back with the Tiger-Cats
Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz has agreed to rejoin the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as the co-ordinator of player development while he rehabs from a knee injury suffered late last season.
The 33-year-old Fantuz set a career high in catches in 2016 and had already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving when he tore his ACL on an innocent looking play in an Oct. 28 game against the Edmonton Eskimos. With a timeline for his return uncertain, the injury clearly impacted his market value when he became a free agent in February.
Head coach Kent Austin said during minicamp in April that the team was close to resigning Fantuz.
Fantuz lives in Burlington and has roots in Chatham — he also attended Western University in London — so remaining in the area makes sense on a personal level.
The veteran is also a favourite target of quarterback Zach Collaros, who spoke highly of Fantuz back in April.
“I love the guy as a teammate, as a friend. He’s just a great guy to have in the lockerroom and the meeting room, and I think he’s invaluable to us,” Collaros said. “He understands our offence inside and out and he can teach it.
“He’s had so much success in this league, guys just kind of gravitate to him.”
Sources say that Fantuz’s rehab is going well but the typical recovery period for torn knee ligaments is between eight and 12 months, meaning he could be out until Labour Day.
Fan favourite Andy Fantuz, 33, set a career high in catches in 2016.