The B.C. Lions have traded import defensive back Jerome Dennis to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for import linebacker Dennis Haley.

"This is a good opportunity for both players," Lions general manager and head coach Wally Buono said in a statement Monday. "The depth we currently have at defensive back enables us to acquire a player in Dennis Haley who has a good foundation as a pro as well as some CFL experience at the linebacker spot."

Haley, 28, played in four games last season as a CFL rookie with Hamilton, recording 18 defensive tackles and an interception.

Dennis made 26 defensive tackles in three seasons with B.C.

"We're pleased to add Jerome's speed and physical style of play to our team," Hamilton GM Bob O'Billovich said in a statement. "He's a skilled special teams player who will have an opportunity to earn a starting spot in our secondary."