Tiger-Cats bolster defence with three free-agent signings

Hamilton Tiger-Cats general manager Eric Tillman, left, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive coordinator Richie Hall, right, chat while assessing talent during the 2017 CFL Combine. (Mark Taylor/CP)

HAMILTON – The Hamilton Tiger-Cats bolstered their defence by signing Canadian linebacker Curtis Newton and American defensive backs Frankie Williams and Joel Ross.

Newton, 23, of London, Ont., split last season between Hamilton and the Toronto Argonauts. The six-foot-two, 220-pound linebcker appeared in eight games with the Ticats, registering two special-teams tackles.

Williams, 24, played in three games with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts in 2016, recording one tackle. The five-foot-nine, 190-pound defensive back played collegiately at Purdue University (2011-15).

Ross, 25, attended the Calgary Stampeders training camp last year before being released. Previously, he spent time in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys (2015), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015-16) and Chicago Bears (2016).

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