Saskatchewan LB Craig Butler (L) is off to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.CFL free agency opened Tuesday, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats started it off with a bang. The team added four players on Day One, acquiring hotly-coveted Saskatchewan non-import linebacker Craig Butler, Saskatchewan import linebacker Abraham Kromah, B.C. non-import guard Steve Myddleton and Winnipeg import defensive back Brandon Stewart. According to TSN's Matt Scianitti, the team has also signed Edmonton wide receiver Cary Koch, and they announced an extension for Canadian linebacker Marc Beswick (a pending free agent) Tuesday as well. It's interesting that the team is remaking itself so extensively (they also changed quarterbacks and kickers earlier this offseason, acquiring and extending pending free agent Zach Collaros while releasing Henry Burris, bringing in Justin Medlock and cutting Luca Congi), considering that they made it to the Grey Cup last season, but head coach and general manager Kent Austin has apparently elected to stay aggressive, and that could pan out for them. Butler is the biggest prize here, and he should be an excellent addition, but the other three players could also be interesting contributors. The key question ahead will be if the Tiger-Cats got enough value for their money, though.Read More »from Tiger-Cats get aggressive in free agency, adding Craig Butler, Abraham Kromah, Steve Myddleton, Brandon Stewart and maybe Cary Koch
Andrew Bucholtz is a Canadian football blogger for Yahoo! Sports.