The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are facing some tough challenges ahead thanks to an injury to all-star Canadian safety Craig Butler. As Justin Dunk reports at 3 Down Nation, Butler "might not step on the field in 2016 due to a significant injury." Here's more from Dunk's piece:
Butler is dealing with a knee issue that’s put him in danger of missing the entire 2016 campaign. The 27-year-old was due a sizeable bonus in early March but re-negotiated his contract. Although he did not receive that off-season payment, Butler will be paid while he recovers. The re-worked deal displays the Ticats’ commitment to Butler by keeping him on through the uncertainty of the setback when they could’ve cut him and walked away.
While it's smart for the Ticats to keep a talented Canadian player like Butler (he was one of their prized free-agency additions in 2014, was an East all-star that year, and had a particularly good 2015 campaign, earning a league all-star nod after notching 43 tackles, four sacks and one interception in just 15 games) for the future even if he can't contribute in 2016, his loss is still likely to be felt this season. As Drew Edwards writes, Butler was a lock to be one of the team's seven national starters this year. Without him, they'll have to consider other options:Read More »from Potentially losing Craig Butler for the year might force a Hamilton ratio revamp