Hamilton Tiger-Cats first-year player Tyreik McAllister has used the CFL window that allows players to pursue opportunities with NFL teams until the free agency period on February 13th. Several NFL teams, including the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, have evaluated McAllister during this window of opportunity. According to 3 Down Nation, those workouts have paid off for the Tiger-Cats 2023 offensive and special teams weapon with a Futures/Reserve contract from the Las Vegas Raiders.
McAllister had a breakout season with the Tiger-Cats during the 2023 season. The 25-year-old, 5’11”, 180-pound native of Latta, South Carolina, played in 16 games for the Tiger-Cats. During those 16 games, he had 27 receptions for 364 yards, two touchdowns, and 13 rushing attempts for 52 yards. He was also a standout player on special teams, with 41 kick returns for 1,037 yards.
Before coming to the Tiger-Cats, McAllister spent the 2022 season with the Denver Broncos. McAllister played college football at the University of Charleston, where he played in 38 games from 2017 until 2021. While at the University of Charleston, McAllister established himself as a dynamic threat. On the offensive side of the ball with 2,561 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, 1,047 receiving yards and four touchdowns, seventeen kick returns for a total of 352 yards, and eighteen punt returns for 181 yards during his five seasons during his career with the Golden Eagles.
Tiger-Cats Sign American Offensive Lineman Brendan Bordner
Hamilton continues to sign offensive linemen before the 2024 free agency period begins. American offensive lineman Brendan Bordner from Columbus, Ohio, has been signed by Hamilton, according to the CFL Transactions list. Bordner is a 6’5″, 305 pounds left tackle who played college football at Rutger University and Florida Atlantic.
Bordner comes to Hamilton after signing a LOI (Letter of Intent) to play for the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL. A multi-phase player allocation process occurred after the XFL and USFL merged to create the UFL. During that process, Bordner was neither protected by the Brahmas nor selected by other teams during the UFL dispersal drafts.
Bordner started his college career with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from 2017 until 2021. He had several opportunities to play at both offensive tackle positions during his time with Rutgers. He then transferred to Florida Atlantic University as a graduate transfer to play his senior year, in which he started 12 games for the Owls at left tackle.
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