The Hamilton Tiger-Cats' signing of former NFL and CFL running back Martell Mallett in January 2012 was full of sound and fury, but Mallett's release Friday shows it ultimately signified nothing. Mallett shone in the CFL with B.C. in 2009 and then spent a few years bouncing around the NFL, but his return to Canadian football last year had him billed as a huge star and the Tiger-Cats' featured running back, leading to the release of incumbent Avon Cobourne (who had been a big free-agent signing himself the year before). The best-laid schemes of mice and GMs gang aft agly, though: when Mallett tore his Achilles tendon in the Ticats' 2012 training camp, Cobourne was brought back from Florida to be the team's star RB, but Chevon Walker wound up taking most of the reps before he himself got hurt, leading to Cobourne finally playing. It wasn't surprising to see the 34-year old Cobourne released earlier this offseason, but the release of the 27-year-old Mallett before he played a game for Hamilton is a bit more unusual, and it marks a strange end to a once-promising saga that turned out not to mean much.Read More »from Ticats’ release of Martell Mallett marks a surprising end for their once-touted signing
Andrew Bucholtz is a Canadian football blogger for Yahoo! Sports.