TORONTO - The mark of a solid franchise is to identify assets and ensure their long-term viability, even if it means going to the wire in negotiating a new deal.
In the case of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, they knew Marc Beswickís value, even though his profile isnít among the biggest in Steeltown.
As the countdown to free agency drew nearer on Tuesday, word leaked that the Ticats and Beswick were inching closer to a contract, an arrangement made official by the team.
A non-import, Beswick was the East Divisionís most outstanding special teams player last season.
Beswick, a 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of Vancouver, led the CFL with 24 special teams tackles, while adding a forced fumble and a touchdown on a fake field goal.
The six-year veteran has led the Tabbies in special teams tackles the last four seasons.
Signed by the Ticats as a free agent in 2009, Beswick joined Hamilton after spending one season in Winnipeg.