Canadian Football League

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Hamilton signs veteran Canadian Football League player

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club is excited to announce the signing of import defensive end James Cotton to a one-year (plus an option) contract.
“Losing last year's sack leader, Tim Cheatwood, was tough for us. However, with Cotton and Joe Montford lining up at our end spots this year we believe that we can bring the same kind of pressure and play the same aggressive style up front again,” said Tiger-Cats head coach Greg Marshall. “Cotton has a lot of experience in the CFL and NFL, and we expect him to make an impact from day one.”
The 6'2”, 245-pound defensive end has played 23 career CFL games, recording 73 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks, all with the Calgary Stampeders in 2001 and 2002. His nine sacks in 2001 were fifth-highest in the CFL that season. During Calgary's 2001 run to the Grey Cup, Cotton recorded two defensive tackles and two sacks in the West Division Final in Edmonton, then added a sack and two defensive tackles in Calgary's Grey Cup win over Winnipeg.
Cotton, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was released by the NFL's Atlanta Falcons last March after spending time between their practice roster and 53-man roster in 2003. Prior to rejoining Calgary in 2002, Cotton had a brief stint with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, but was released after training camp.
After two impressive years at Ohio State University, the Chicago Bears selected Cotton in the seventh round (223rd overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Cotton attended the Bears' training camp and was released prior to the start of the regular season. Before beginning his CFL career, Cotton played three games for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL.


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