Ticats release defensive end Eric Norwood

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released veteran defensive end Eric Norwood, according to CFL sources.

The 27-year-old Norwood played three seasons in Hamilton, playing in 42 games and an earning a East Division all-star nod in 2014 when he finished the season tied for second in the CFL in quarterback sacks with 13.

But Norwood battled injuries last season, playing in just 10 games, and suffered a serious knee injury in the East semi-final win over Toronto. He would not have been ready for training camp and would have likely missed – optimistically – at least half the season. Norwood was on his second CFL contract and was thought to be making in neighbourhood of $90,000 per season.

The move comes just days after the Ticats held their off-season mini-camp, which included several import defensive ends. The team also signed veteran John Chick to a free agent contract in January.

A number of Ticat players took to Twitter to react to Norwood’s release…


In other news, the Edmonton Eskimos have signed former Ticat offensive lineman Joel Figueroa to a free agent contract. The 26-year-old Florida native struggled with injury in his time in Hamilton, starting 26 games over three seasons.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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13 Comments on Ticats release defensive end Eric Norwood

  1. Hammyahol // May 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm //

    I’m waiting on you asking Kent for the why behind this move.

  2. TicatTO // May 2, 2016 at 4:26 pm //

    I’m stunned by this announcement. Why Drew was he let go? I know he suffered a knee injury but I thought he might return by mid season.

  3. Mikefrmthhammer // May 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm //

    I too am stunned. I was counting on him in the stretch run. What gives?

  4. Breeze // May 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm //

    Pretty shocked at this news. There must be more to this story. Norwood can be dominant.

  5. Shocking development – cannot imagine that a defensive end at the min-camp would seem that good that you could let go a premier guy making $90k/year. Unless they are being nice to let him try the NFL when he recovers from the knee injury and come back in late season if he does not make it but he does not have NFL size.

  6. XRILEY // May 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm //

    Ham seems to be stocking the league with players.

  7. First Hickman and now Norwood. No wonder they went after Chick

  8. I sincerely hope there’s more to the story than they released him simply due to injury……

  9. Drew the fans are expecting you to find out why this happened. Been a proponent of “in Austin we trust” but Norwood should have been untouchable.

  10. Whaat?? You can’t accuse Austin of not being able to make tough decisions. Angelo was cut in the old days, re-signed and came back stronger than ever. Will Norwood return, or be scooped up by another team?

  11. moncton ticats fan // May 2, 2016 at 6:37 pm //

    Really shocking and disappointing news. A real fan favourite, and great player when healthy. If there is more to this story we would love to hear it. This sort of stuff really is the “shi..y” part of football, but practically speaking, no player should be considered as “not touchable”.

  12. Norwood likely would be in the NFL right now if not for his knee injury. At $90k a year to have a player of his caliber is untouchable.

  13. Rocco Baviera // May 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm //

    Are you f’n kidding me???

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