Canadian tight end Nikola Kalinic, formerly of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, has inked a contract with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, marking a significant milestone in the 26-year-old’s professional football career. This news is another testament to the depth of football talent that Canada is fostering.
Hailing from Toronto, Kalinic is no stranger to the American football circuit. Before his recent signing with the Rams, he spent part of the 2022 NFL season on the Indianapolis Colts‘ practice roster, later being promoted to the active roster for the second half of the season. During his stint with the Colts, Kalinic suited up for seven games and recorded a 15-yard kickoff return, although he didn’t have any pass catches.
Despite a considerable time on the Colts’ practice squad and only 47 snaps on offense, Kalinic showcased his versatility by playing 42 snaps on special teams. However, the Colts waived the tight end in May 2022, which led to him becoming a free agent. He stayed relevant in the NFL scene by working out for the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, and Atlanta Falcons.
Before his venture into the NFL, Kalinic had a commendable run with the CFL’s Tiger-Cats. Selected by the team in the second round of the 2019 CFL Draft, he proved his worth by notching 23 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns across 30 games over two seasons.
Now, as Kalinic steps into the Rams’ tight end room, he brings along his experiences and abilities from the CFL and NFL practice rosters. The Rams’ decision to add him to their roster reflects their intention to fortify their offensive line-up, as well as utilize his skillset on special teams. His journey from Canada to the U.S. stands as an encouraging example for other Canadian athletes aspiring to make their mark in the NFL.
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