Hamilton Tiger-Cats sign four Canadians, agree to extension with Gnahoua


Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Mike Daly (Peter Power/CP)

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed four Canadians.

The CFL club announced Tuesday it has come to terms with defensive back Mike Daly, defensive back Courtney Stephen, running back Jackson Bennett and linebacker Curtis Newton, as well as global defensive end Valentin Gnahoua.

Daly, a product of Hamilton’s McMaster University, has played in 87 career games for the Ticats, registering 93 defensive tackles, 49 special-teams tackles, eight interceptions, one sack, two forced fumbles and 12 pass knockdowns. Daly was a sixth-round pick (45th overall) by Hamilton in the 2013 CFL draft.

Stephen has played in 113 career CFL games for the Ticats (2013-18) and Calgary (2019). A first-round pick (eighth overall) by Hamilton in 2012, Stephen has 219 defensive tackles, 54 special teams tackles, two quarterback sacks, 12 interceptions and seven forced fumbles in his career.

Bennett has been with the Ticats for two seasons, suiting up at both defensive back and running back.

Newton has played in 60 career CFL games with Toronto (2016-17) and Hamilton (2018-19)

Gnahoua, a native of France, was selected first overall by Hamilton in the CFL’s first European draft last year. He appeared in 11 games with the Tiger-Cats in 2019, posting four-special teams tackles and one forced fumble.


The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American defensive linemen Keion Adams and Freddie Bishop III and also announced linebacker Matthew Thomas has opted back into his contract.

Adams has spent time with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. The Steelers picked the Western Michigan product in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL draft.

Bishop III played 18 games for Toronto last year, recording 40 tackles and six sacks. He also has spent time with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

Thomas played 10 games for Pittsburgh in 2018, recording four tackles.


The Calgary Stampeders have re-signed American defensive back Jonathan Moxey.

The Boise State product played five games for Calgary in his rookie 2019 season, recording two defensive tackles and two special-teams stops.

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