Ticats sign Setta to push Boreham

Hamilton Tiger-Cats general manager Marcel Desjardins continued a busy off-season Tuesday with the signing of former Notre Dame kicker Nick Setta.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have a different look at quarterback next season and possibly a new kicker.

General manager Marcel Desjardins continued a busy off-season Tuesday with the signing of Nick Setta, who nailed 46 of 66 field-goal attempts during a four-year collegiate career at Notre Dame.

"Nick is capable of handling all kicking duties — field goals, punting and kickoffs — at a very high level," Desjardins said in a statement. "We think he has a great chance to become our primary kicker next season."

Setta is expected to push Jamie Boreham, who connected on 26 of 36 field goals and finished eighth in scoring among Canadian Football League kickers with 100 points last season.

Setta, 25, also handled punting duties in his final year at Notre Dame.

The Illinois native spent the past two seasons in NFL Europe, converting nine of 12 field-goal attempts with Cologne in 2006 after going 13-for-18 for Rhein the previous season.

Earlier this off-season, Desjardins parted ways with No. 2 quarterback Kevin Eakin, receiver Kamau Peterson and running back Josh Ranek, who suffered through an injury-plagued 2006 campaign.

Ranek was deemed expendable after the return of Jesse Lumsden, who failed to catch on with the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.

Desjardins also plans to name a new coach in the coming weeks as the Ticats look to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Former Montreal Alouettes coach Charlie Taaffe remains the front-runner.

Hamilton finished last in the Eastern Division in 2006 with a 4-14 record, despite the acquisitions of quarterback Jason Maas, running back/kick returner Corey Holmes, receiver Terry Vaughn and offensive linemen George Hudson and Pascal Cheron.

With files from the Canadian Press