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Tiger-Cats re-sign pending free-agent quarterback Jeremiah Masoli

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to a reported one-year deal, taking one of the top potential free-agent pivots off the market.

2018 CFL most outstanding player suffered season-ending knee injury in July

The Tiger-Cats have re-signed quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who was eligible to become a free agent in February. He suffered a season-ending knee injury on July 26 against Winnipeg. (Peter Power/Canadian Press/File)

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, taking one of the top potential free-agent pivots off the market.

A CFL source said it is a one-year deal. The source was granted anonymity because the term of the deal has not been publicly announced.

Masoli, the East Division's most outstanding player in 2018, suffered a season-ending knee injury this year on July 26 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Dane Evans became the starter after Masoli's injury and guided the Ticats to a CFL-best 15-3 record. Hamilton made it to the Grey Cup before losing to Winnipeg.

"It's exciting to have Jeremiah back for the 2020 season. His high character, remarkable work ethic and competitiveness make him a natural fit for our organization," Ticats head coach Orlondo Steinauer said in a statement.

WATCH | Masoli leaves game with knee injury:

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Friday's win over the Blue Bombers. 1:09

"He was likely to have multiple options come the start of free agency and we are pleased he has decided to remain in Hamilton."

Evans reacted positively to the news.

The 31-year-old Masoli, before the injury this year, completed 125 of 175 passes (71.4 per cent) for 1,576 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added four rushing majors.

The San Francisco native set a club record in 2018 with 300 or more passing yards in 12 games. Masoli has been with the Ticats since 2013.

Masoli could have become a free agent in February.

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