|Demetrice Morley (left) and Brandon Smith from the Calgary Stampeders take down Terence Jeffers-Harris Nov. 5, 2011. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - The East Final now has a bit of an espionage feel to it as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed Bomber castoff Terence Jeffers-Harris.
The Hamilton Spectator reported the 23-year-old slotback has signed a practice roster agreement and will be on the field in Hamilton on Friday morning.
The Bombers released Jeffers-Harris on Thursday, citing a repeated violation of team rules. The Georgia native wasn't going to play for the Bombers in Sunday's East Final anyway, and he is ineligible to play for the Ticats against his former team this weekend.
He can, however, offer some insight to the Bomber game plan.
The Ticats have apparently coveted Jeffers-Harris since he came into the league last year.
He will still be a free agent at the end of the season.
The Bombers will conduct their final practice of the week on Friday morning at Canad Inns Stadium.
Around 7 p.m., Jeffers-Harris tweeted, "I have plenty to Say!!!! But let's think... Hmmm Wont get Far!!!! Guess I'll stick to Talking w/ My Actions on the Field!!!!"
On Thursday, Bombers coach Paul LaPolice said the Bombers released Jeffers-Harris because he had become a distraction to the team. Sources said he either missed or was late for two team meetings this week.
“We released him for a violation of team rules,” LaPolice said. “It’s not the first time it’s happened, so we just decided to go in another direction. At this crucial point in the year, everybody’s focus should be on winning a championship.”
Jeffers-Harris arrived in Winnipeg last season to much fanfare and showed tremendous ability in an injury-shortened season, but 2011 was a disaster.
He put on extra weight in an unsuccessful attempt to get drafted by an NFL team, and he was too heavy when he reported to Bomber training camp. He fumbled the ball twice in the first seven weeks of the CFL season and became a healthy scratch for 10 games before appearing in the regular-season finale in place of an injured Greg Carr.