Hamilton Tiger-Cats Aaron Crawford (47) is given a hug from a fan after the team’s loss to the Ottawa Redblacks at the CFL East Division final in Ottawa on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. The Calgary Stampeders have signed Canadian long snapper Crawford. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Aaron Crawford (47) is given a hug from a fan after the team’s loss to the Ottawa Redblacks at the CFL East Division final in Ottawa on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. The Calgary Stampeders have signed Canadian long snapper Crawford. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Calgary Stampeders sign Alberta-born long snapper Aaron Crawford

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders have signed Canadian long snapper Aaron Crawford.

The native of Medicine Hat, Alta., played in 98 games with Hamilton from 2013 to 2019.

Crawford has 23 career special-teams tackles.

The Saint Mary’s University product made Grey Cup appearances with Hamilton in 2014 and 2019.

“I’d like to say, it’s a blessing being able to come home to Alberta,” Crawford said in a statement. “It’s been a long road back. Absolutely surreal to be suiting up for the first professional football team I ever watched live.”

The Stampeders also signed American defensive back Branden Dozier and defensive lineman Chris Odom.

TICATS SIGN THREE

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed American quarterbacks Jacob Knipp and Austin Simmons, along with wide receiver Kahlil Lewis.

Knipp, 25, played 36 games for the University of Northern Colorado over parts of six seasons (2014-19), completing 553 of 903 passes (61.2 per cent) for 7,026 yards, 44 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

Simmons, 24, suited up in 38 games at the University of South Dakota over four seasons (2016-19), posting 585 completions on 944 pass attempts (62 per cent) for 6,487 passing yards, 52 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

Lewis, 23, spent time with Atlanta and Seattle of the NFL in 2019 before joining the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks.

RIDERS ADD LINEMAN

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American offensive tackle Antonio Garcia.

A third-round pick by New England in the 2017 NFL draft, the six-foot-seven, 305-pound Garcia also has spent time with the New York Jets, Indianapolis and Miami.

Garcia played in the college ranks at Troy, where he was named to the All-Sun Belt first team in his senior season.

ARGOS SIGN FOUR

The Toronto Argonauts have re-signed American defensive lineman Drake Nevis and signed wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield, defensive back Jamal Peters and defensive lineman Khyri Thornton.

Nevis signed with the Argos last year before the CFL season was cancelled. He played for Hamilton in 2016 and Winnipeg from 2017 to 2019, helping the Blue Bombers win the Grey Cup in the final year.

Sinkfield returns to the CFL after getting cut by the New York Giants in 2019. He played four games for the Argos in 2014 before spending time with Hamilton and B.C.

Peters had a brief stint with Indianapolis in 2019 after a four-year college career at Mississippi State.

Thornton has spent time with Green Bay, New England and Detroit in the NFL.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 2, 2021.

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