HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed 2019 CFL most outstanding player Brandon Banks.
The American wide receiver will return for his eighth season with the club in 2021.
Banks earned his fourth CFL all-star selection in 2019 after leading the CFL in receptions (112), yards (1,550), touchdowns (13) and targets (158) in 16 games.
The five-foot-seven, 150-pound Banks set a Ticats record in receptions while helping the club finish with a franchise-best 15-3 record.
In 101 career CFL games over seven seasons with the Tiger-Cats, Banks has 60 touchdowns, scoring five different ways: 42 receiving, five rushing, seven punt returns, one kickoff return, and five missed field goal returns. He has accumulated 378 receptions for 5,204 receiving yards, 63 carries for 343 rushing yards, 283 punt returns for 2,954 yards, 179 kickoff returns for 3,689 yards, and 16 missed field goal returns for 769 yards.
``Brandon's body of work speaks for itself. He brings consistent production and excitement to the CFL, and has proven over the past three seasons that he is much more than the most dynamic returner,'' Ticats coach Orlondo Steinauer said in a statement.
``He has grown tremendously as a person and honed his craft immensely as a wide receiver. Because of his competitive nature and desire to work daily in practice, we believe he will continue to be a premier weapon that demands great respect week in and week out.''
ARGOS RE-SIGN PAIR
The Toronto Argonauts have extended the contracts of kicker/punter Boris Bede and wide receiver Keyarris Garrett.
The Argos acquired Bede in a trade with Montreal in January.
Bede, who has played his entire five-year career for Montreal, was 31-for-35 on field goals last year.
Garrett most recently spent time with Los Angeles of the defunct XFL in 2019.
The Argos also announced the release of defensive back Tyler Sigler and the retirement of offensive lineman Dontavius Blair.