The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have had an active day about building their 2024 roster. Earlier today, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced that they had re-signed National defensive lineman Mason Bennett and National wide receiver Tyler Ternowski. Additionally, they have signed National running back Ante Milanovic-Litre, and 3 Down Nation reported that Hamilton has agreed to terms with free-agent defensive lineman Dewayne Hendrix.
Welcome Back To The Hammer
Defensive lineman Mason Bennett returns to Hamilton after playing in 14 games for the Tiger-Cats during the 2023 season. During the 2023 season, he had five defensive tackles and a quarterback sack. The Tiger-Cats drafted Bennett in the first round of the 2020 CFL draft and has played three seasons for the Tiger-Cats.
During his three-year career with Hamilton, the 6’4″, 262-pound native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has played in 43 games. Bennett has 44 defensive tackles, five tackles for loss, and eight quarterback sacks since 2021. Bennett played college football at the University of North Dakota.
Wide receiver Tyler Ternowski has played three seasons for the Tiger-Cats since 2021. During his three-year career, he has played in 31 games and caught 22 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown. The Tiger-Cats drafted Ternowski in the third round of the 2020 CFL draft. During the 2023 season, Ternowski played in seven games, had six catches for forty yards, and scored his first touchdown in the CFL.
Ternowski’s hometown is Hamilton, Ontario, and he played U Sports football at Waterloo. The 6’0″, 185-pound Ternowski provides good depth at the Tiger-Cats wide receiver position. The Canadian wide receiver also helps Hamilton have flexibility relative to the Ratio rule.
New Addition to the Tiger-Cats Offensive Backfield
In addition to re-signing Bennett and Ternowski, the Tiger-Cats have also signed National running back Ante Milanovic-Litre. Milanovic-Litre is a six-year CFL veteran, and he has played with the Ottawa Redblacks (2023), Edmonton Elks (2022), and he started his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders (2017-2021). The Stampeders selected Milanovic-Litre in the fourth round of the 2017 CFL draft.
During the 2023 season, Milanovic-Litre played in 16 games for the Redblackcs, had 17 rush attempts for 55 yards and three rushing touchdowns, and caught one pass for 10 yards. Milanovic-Litre has played in 89 CFL games during his six-year career, and he has 165 rushing attempts for 647 yards, four touchdowns, and 42 catches for 329 yards. The 29-year-old running back is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, and he played college football at Simon Fraser University.
Tiger-Cat Agrees to Terms With Dewayne Hendrix
A day after the Tiger-Cats agreed to terms with defensive lineman Brandon Barlow and defensive back Jamal Peters, Hamilton has agreed to terms with another defensive player from the Toronto Argonauts. American defensive lineman Dewayne Hendrix is the next Argonaut to agree to terms with Hamilton during the pre-free agency negotiation period. The 27-year-old defensive lineman from O’Fallon, Illinois, has been with the Toronto Argonauts for the last three seasons.
Over the last three seasons, Hendrix has played in 38 games for the Argonauts and recorded 63 tackles and six quarterback sacks. Hendrix had four quarterback sacks for Toronto in 15 games during the 2023 season. Before coming to Toronto, Hendrix spent time with the Saint Louis Battlehawks during the 2020 XFL season and the Miami Dolphins in 2019.
The 6’4″, 270-pound defensive end played college football at the University of Tennessee (2014) and the University of Pittsburgh (2015-2018); he played in 32 games and 52 tackles and 7.5 quarterback sacks. Like Barlow, The Tiger-Cats are adding Hendrix with the hopes that he will improve their pass rush and give them a chance to apply more pressure to opposing quarterbacks.
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