Tiger-Cats ink Slack, Scott

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats salvaged a pair of former all-stars off the CFL scrap heap on Monday.

The Tiger-Cats confirmed the signing of import quarterback Reggie Slack and import defensive tackle Johnny Scott, both released by the Toronto Argonauts.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

"It feels great to be here," Scott said of Hamilton. "It feels great to be wanted.

"I'm just glad I found a new home and that I've played well enough that other teams have taken notice."

Slack, 35, was immediately placed on the practice roster because Danny McManus remains a question mark with a strained left knee.

If McManus cannot play, Slack will be activated as Pete Gonzalez's backup.

McManus suffered the injury attempting a quarterback sneak on the final play of the first quarter in last Tuesday's 23-5 pre-season loss to Toronto.

"In this business, you have to be thick-skinned," Slack said. "You have to be resilient because the only thing that really matters is your performance on the field.

"It doesn't matter what it took for me to get here to become a Ticat. All that matters is how I perform while I am a Ticat."

Slack was cut loose June 9, two days after after the Argonauts acquired future Hall of Famer Damon Allen from the British Columbia Lions for second- and third-round draft picks.

Slack ended a three-year retirement to rejoin the Argos last August 14.

The Milton, Fla., native performed admirably for Toronto, completing 59.4 per cent (92-155) of his pass attempts for 1,055 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions.

A career 56.6 per cent passer, has completed 1,220 of 2,147 passes for 16,031 yards and 83 TDs with 74 INTs in 113 games over eight CFL seasons with the Argonauts, Tiger-Cats, Birmingham Barracudas, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Slack has also scrambled 379 times for an additional 2,581 yards and 28 TDs.

Scott, 34, was a CFL East Division all-star last year, but the Argos opted for homebrews Noah Cantor and Wayne Weathers at rush end this season.

"It's just football," Scott said. "You cannot be mad about it.

"You've just got to go on and keep your football career going.

Scott registered four sacks, 28 tackles and one fumble recovery in 12 games last year, his third with Toronto and ninth in the CFL.

The Austin, Tex., native has 59 sacks and 234 defensive tackles in 127 career games with the Shreveport Pirates, Lions and Argos.

Scott is a rarity, never having played collegiate football before entering the pro ranks.

with files from Sports Network