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Tiger-Cats Add More Potential Playmakers, Including Wide Receiver O’Leary-Orange

The Tiger-Cats have had a busy start to the start of the 2024 free agency period. On the first day, the Tiger-Cats signed eight players, including officially signing CFL All-Star defensive back Jamal Peters and defensive lineman Brandon Barlow and Dwayne Hendrix. Offensively, the Tiger-Cats signed former Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Luther Hakunavanhu and former Montreal fullback James Tuck.

Today, the Tiger-Cats tweeted that they have also signed National wide receiver Brendan O’Leary-Orange.

In addition to signing O’Leary-Orange, the CFL Transactions list also shows that the Tiger-Cats have signed American defensive back Michael Jacquet. Both O’Leary-Orange and Jacquet add depth to crucial position groups for the Tiger-Cats. Jacquet adds more depth to the newly revamped defensive backfield. O’Leary-Orange brings CFL experience and could find a consistent role on offense for the Tiger-Cats if CFL All-Star wide receiver Tim White does not return to the Tiger-Cats.

Wide Receiver Brendan O’Leary-Orange comes to Hamilton after spending the last three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. O’Leary-Orange played in 33 games for the Blue Bombers from 2021 until 2023. During his time with the Blue Bombers, O’Leary-Orange caught 25 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns.

O’Leary-Orange is a 6’4″, 226-pound native of Toronto, Ontario, and he played college football at the University of Nevada from 2015 until 2019. While at Nevada, O’Leary-Orange played in 34 games and caught 61 passes for 941 yards and eight touchdowns.

American defensive back Michael Jacquet comes to Hamilton after spending time with several NFL teams. In 2020, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Jacquet as an undrafted free agent. During his NFL career, Jacquet spent time with the Eagles (2020-2021), Jacksonville Jaguars (2021), and the New York Giants and Los Angeles Chargers in 2022. Jacquet recorded 18 tackles, forced a fumble, and deflected three passes during his NFL career.

Jacquet is a 6’1″, 200-pound native of Beaumont, Texas. Jacquet played college football at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2016 until 2019. He started his college career as a wide receiver, catching 46 passes for 494 yards and scoring three touchdowns during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He finished his college career playing defensive back for the Ragin’ Cajuns, recording 85 tackles, four interceptions, and one quarterback sack.

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