Hamilton Tiger-Cats sign trio, including a Brampton product

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Published July 19, 2021 at 9:13 pm

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Ahead of Monday’s CFL roster deadline, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats added two American lineman and a defensive lineman who hails from Brampton.

The Tiger-Cats signed American offensive lineman Jordan Murray (pictured), American defensive end Jalen Bates, and national defensive lineman Marshall Esokpunwu. All three players have been added to the suspended list while they complete their quarantine periods.

Murray, 24, most recently helped the Generals win a championship in the Spring League in 2020. He also attended rookie minicamp with the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks in 2019. The 6-foot-9, 325-pound native of Coppell, Texas played 44 games over four seasons at the University of North Texas (2015-18) where he saw time at both tackle and guard throughout his collegiate career.

Bates, 24, most recently played 12 games in his senior season at Colorado State University (2019), registering 46 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and two pass deflections. The 6-4, 246-pound native of Kaplan, La., spent the four previous seasons at Arizona State University (2015-18) where he played in 18 games, registering 31 total tackles, six tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, one pass deflection and one forced fumble for the Sun Devils.

Esokpunwu, 25, played 24 games over five seasons at Mount Allison University (2015-20). The 6-5, 240-pound native of Brampton registered 48 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles in his career with the Mounties.

The Tiger-Cats also released defensive back Maurice Carnell IV, defensive back Jomon Dotson and offensive lineman Jaelin Fisher, who are all Americans.

(Cover photo courtesy of Hamilton Tiger-Cats.)

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