Ticats hammer deal with Mallett

Martell Mallett was the CFL's top rookie in 2009 when he rushed for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns...

Martell Mallett was the CFL's top rookie in 2009 when he rushed for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns with the Lions. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency/Files)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

HAMILTON - The Hammer now has a Mallett.

His name is Martell Mallett, a former winner of the CFL’s top rookie award who has spent the past few seasons chasing his football dream in the NFL.

Whether it’s at quarterback or in the backfield, you can never have enough quality bodies, which makes Mallett’s signing with the Ticats a no-brainer, assuming his body is CFL-ready.

The downside to any player bolting the CFL for the greener pastures of the NFL is the inevitable change in body type when said player returns to three-down football.

When he copped league honours in B.C., a team that has lost some star power to the NFL, Mallett rushed for 1,280 yards.

While he’s listed at six-foot and weighing 195 pounds, a lot more will be gleaned later this spring when training camp begins.

With Terry Grant continuing his rehab from ankle surgery and Avon Cobourne expected back for his second stint in Steeltown, competition will be intense as the Ticats begin the George Cortez era.

“Martell’s combination of size, speed and strength makes him a force to be reckoned with,” Bob O’Billovich, Hamilton’s vice-president of football operations, said in a statement. “He’s a very physical runner and a great receiver out of the backfield. Martell will provide our offence with another potent weapon.”


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