The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Wednesday that the football club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with international free agent defensive end John Chick.
“John is an incredible talent that brings significant CFL experience, professionalism and a winning pedigree to our team,” said Tiger-Cats Vice-President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin. “He has the ability to create pressure on the quarterback and has been solid against the run throughout his career. We’re thrilled to be able to bolster our defence with a player of his caliber.”
Chick, 33, posted 42 tackles, 11 quarterback sacks, two tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 18 games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2015. The native of Gillette, Wyoming is a two-time Grey Cup Champion (2007, 2013) and CFL All-Star (2009, 2014), and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2009. In six CFL seasons, all with the Roughriders (2007-09, 2013-15), Chick has registered 190 tackles, 53 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, one interception, nine forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 91 career games.
The 6-4, 250-pound defensive end also played 19 career NFL games with the Jacksonville Jaguars over a two-year span (2011-12), compiling 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three pass knock downs and a forced fumble. He also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010.
Prior to turning pro, Chick was a four-year starter at Utah State at both linebacker and defensive end, finishing his Aggie career with 163 tackles, 39 tackles for loss and 23.5 quarterback sacks.