CFL free agency: Tiger-Cats sign Chad Owens
4-time all-star played 6 seasons for rival Argonauts
A roundup of the significant signings on the third day of CFL free agency:
Veteran Owens agrees to deal with Tiger-Cats
The Flyin' Hawaiian is a Hamilton Tiger-Cat.
Veteran receiver/kick-returner Chad Owens agreed to a one-year deal with Hamilton on Thursday. The five-foot-nine, 180-pound Owens had spent the last six seasons with the Toronto Argonauts before becoming a free agent Tuesday.
Owens, 33, is a four-time CFL all-star who in 2010 was named the league's top special-teams performer before being named its outstanding player in 2012. That season he had 94 catches for 1,328 yards and six TDs while accumulating a record 3,840 all-purpose yards.
Last year injuries limited Owens to just 13 games as he registered 55 catches for 570 yards and two touchdowns. But in Hamilton he'll combine with Brandon (Speedy) Banks to potentially give the Ticats a dangerous 1-2 special-teams punch.
"There isn't enough words to express the gratitude I have for the Toronto Argonauts!" Owens said in a tweet to Argos supporters. "It would've been nice to finish what we started together and paddle my last canoe in double blue, but life has a way of teaching us lessons on a daily and we must acknowledge those lessons, learn from them and ultimately become better people from them.
"Thank you and we love you!"
Owens began his CFL career with Montreal in 2009 before being traded to Toronto in June 2010.
Argonauts add free-agent Bulcke
The Toronto Argonauts have agreed to terms with free-agent defensive lineman Brian Bulcke.
The 28-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., fills a need for Toronto, which lost American defensive lineman Euclid Cummings in free agency to Winnipeg. Also, Canadian-born tackle Cleyon Laing and international end Tristan Okpalaugo are both exploring NFL opportunities.
The six-foot-four, 285-pound Bulcke spent the last three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but is coming off a season-ending knee injury. Bulcke also only played in eight games in 2014 before his campaign was ended prematurely by a biceps tear.
Bulcke was a dominant player in 2013, his first season with Hamilton, registering career highs in tackles (24), sacks (three) and fumble recoveries (three).
Bulcke played collegiately at Stanford.
Toronto also lost free-agent kicker/punter Swayze Waters to the NFL's Carolina Panthers but gained Calgary Stampeders defensive back Keon Raymond on the third day of CFL free agency.
Lions add experience, depth
The B.C. Lions signed free-agent running back Anthony Allen to a one-year deal Thursday.
Allen spent the last two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He appeared in 28 regular-season games, rushing for 1,504 yards on 261 carries with eight touchdowns.
Allen also had 48 catches for 314 yards and three touchdowns.
"Anthony is another experienced running back who brings an established set of skills to our team," Lions head coach/GM Wally Buono said in a statement. "We're trying to create the highest level of competition for the running back position this season and Anthony helps us along the way to achieving that goal."
Allen earned a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens and also spent time with the Buffalo Bills before heading to the CFL.