Ticats sign runner Cobourne
Ex-Al signs with Ticats for three years
New running back Avon Cobourne showed up to his hastily convened press conference at Ticats headquarters wearing a spiffy black suit, a matching gold tie — and a giant Grey Cup ring.
The 32-year-old was one of one four players the Ticats signed on Wednesday, the first day of CFL free agency, as they try and put the final pieces in place to take a run at Cobourne's former team, the Montreal Alouettes, for East Division (and CFL) supremacy.
“I didn't want to go to a team that didn't have a chance and this team has a chance,” Cobourne said. “I wasn't going to wear my ring, but I earned it.”
In addition to Cobourne, the Ticats have also signed defensive back Daniel Francis and agreed to terms with linebacker Rey Williams and offensive lineman Wayne Smith, both of whom will be officially announced tomorrow.
But Cobourne was the biggest – and most expensive – move by Hamilton general manager Bob O'Billovich, who gave the two-time CFL all-star a three-year contract that included a hefty signing bonus and is worth $135,000 a season.