The Breaux Show is back: Here’s what it means for the Ticats

In a game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in early 2014, then Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Delvin Breaux locked up his man by jamming him at the line of scrimmage, driving him out of bounds then shoving him over the video board that lined the field. He received a penalty on the play but wasn’t exactly apologetic about it afterwards.

When Breaux left the Ticats after that season, he was one of the best corners in the game – if not the best – a CFL all-star who possessed the full package: size, strength, physicality and speed. He could run with the fast guys, match up with the big guys and basically intimidate everybody else – the incident against the Bombers was hardly an anomaly. He was, it’s fair to say, a beast in every sense of the word.

Except off the field that is.

His remarkable backstory provided him with a rare sense of perspective and humility. On Oct. 27, 2006 – two days after his 17th birthday – Breaux was playing a high-school football game in his native Louisiana when a devastating collision broke a vertebra in his neck and displaced two more. It took five years to make it back to the field – he never played college ball at LSU where he committed – and it was the Ticats who took a chance on him when no other professional team would.

Breaux responded to that show of faith by fully embracing the team, the league and the city. He signed every autograph, posed for every picture and talked about his appreciation for all things Hamilton. Even after the left for the NFL, signing a three-year, $1.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints, Breaux stayed in touch with former teammates, kept up with the team on social media and even returned to the city last season to lead the Ticats onto the field. Fans were ecstatic on social media when the news broke Monday, that both the player and the person was returning.

Assuming he’s still the player he was, he provides an instant and massive upgrade to a Hamilton secondary that started two rookies at corner in Saturday’s loss to Calgary. Breaux becomes the boundary corner – the spot he played when he left – and one of the best players on the defence, if not the team.

Breaux is still just 28 so age is hardly a concern. He has, however, struggled with injury during the last two years in the NFL, playing in just six games in 2016 and none last year while dealing with a broken fibula. That injury was the source of some controversy in New Orleans as it was initially misdiagnosed and there was talk that health was a factor when a couple of NFL teams passed on him this off-season.

He also didn’t come cheap. 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk is reporting that the deal is for one year at just under $200,000 in “hard money” which would make Breaux the highest-paid defensive back in the CFL. It also helps explain why veteran Abdul Kanneh was shipped out to Toronto: the Ticats needed the cap space. They may still need more.

But assuming he’s healthy and as good as ever, Breaux is almost certainly worth it. With new defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville looking to bring pressure up front and play a lot of man-to-man behind it, Breaux can be counted on to take a big opposing weapon off the board. He’ll be a great guy in the locker room and the community to boot.

The Breaux Show is back. Sequels are rarely as enjoyable as the original but in this case, get the popcorn ready because this is going to be good.

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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40 Comments on The Breaux Show is back: Here’s what it means for the Ticats

  1. All teams passed on him because of his injury?
    Yet the Ticats are going to take a chance and pay him $200k, he better be fully recovered and I hope he’s a two way player like Carter.

    • Joe. You missed the part of the story … the guy dominated the League at his position. If he is healthy they is no question that this is a great pick up.

    • NFL TEAMS passed on him because they were concerned about his injury – NOT CFL teams. As reported above SEVERAL CFL teams including the Argos were interested in securing his services. I’m glad that he remained loyal to the team that gave him his first opportunity to play pro ball.

    • Garney 26 // June 18, 2018 at 4:05 pm //

      Toronto was after him as well.

    • Jeff May // June 18, 2018 at 10:48 pm //

      Final piece of the puzzle. This week is our first of two games in Edmonton this year. I’ll be there for the 2nd trip!!

    • Tiger man // June 19, 2018 at 7:47 am //

      During his time in Hamilton, Delvin was THE BEST cover guy in the league.

      During the 2014 eastern final, he cover Duron Carter so well that that DC was left pouting on the sidelines.

      Welcome back, Delvin. We’ve missed you.

  2. Ken Reid // June 18, 2018 at 4:26 pm //

    Maybe Harris will Come Back too.

  3. bigplay // June 18, 2018 at 4:29 pm //

    Wow this drastically upgrades the Cats Defence and assuming Mariel Cooper getting Healthy the two players being added to the Defence we saw on Saturday should be significantly better.Then I think the Cats are just a elite Pass Rushing End away from being a Scary defensive unit.

  4. Bob Loblaw // June 18, 2018 at 4:38 pm //

    Suck me sideways

  5. NFL teams wouldn’t sign off on him due to his past back history . Which is well in the past before he played for the cats the first time. Never had an issue with his back in the NFL . He is a beast and grey for the cats D

  6. Now, Johnny Football has a Bro on the team.Joking.Go Cats !!

  7. patlynch // June 18, 2018 at 5:09 pm //

    Welcome back Delvin ! Unlike Carter, Breaux is a class act .

  8. Bob McKnight // June 18, 2018 at 5:24 pm //

    I couldn’t be happier. If Breaux is the same guy this is as big as Bighill going to Winnipeg. He’s a special player if he is healthy.

  9. He’s a class act that will improve this team immediately and immensely in every way. He’ll help lead the way on defence with Dean and Lawrence. Great to have him back. He’s never forgotten which team gave him his shot. A lesson for the self-centred bridge-burners in sports.

  10. Millsie // June 18, 2018 at 5:43 pm //

    Once he gets used to the new rules in the CFL, that specifically address the way he plays the game… We’ve just got 5 Times better on “D” Welcome back #27… I hope.

  11. Excellent signing. Things are looking up for the Tiger-Cats in 2018.

  12. If the wheels are fully intact, our secondary just got a giant boost. This is terrific!

  13. cath4days // June 18, 2018 at 6:50 pm //

    Thrilled! He was the best DB in the league when he left. Excellent news!

  14. Welcome back Delvin!

  15. Ari Katz // June 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm //

    For those wondering why Abdul Kanneh was disposed of , you now have your answer. Great Move by Ticat management.

  16. This is great news… best Ticat DB since the days of Garney Henley…. he plays with the kind of intensity that, at times, seems to be missing from the Ticat’s defence…

    Will Delvin be on the roster for Edmonton game?

  17. Peter North // June 18, 2018 at 8:36 pm //

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t get injured.

    Frustrating as a Saints fan to see him do well his rookie season, then have that followed by two injury plagued seasons.

    Hope he is 100% and raring to go. I imagine he doesn’t dress this week but gets in for week 3.

  18. Loved when after he signed in the NFL, he would do U.S. interviews still wearing his TiCat gear. That was respect.

  19. Riders2013 // June 18, 2018 at 9:02 pm //

    Still remember the look on Breaux’s face when Sheets straight armed him on the way to the end zone in the 2013 Grey Cup. In fact the signed photo hangs in my den. Classic. Welcome back.

    • And we still remember the look on Carter’s face when he was completely shut down by Breaux while with the Als. (“Don’t taze me Breaux!”)

      Interesting battles ahead.

    • Peter North // June 18, 2018 at 9:53 pm //

      Aww, good for you. Glad you went into full jocksniffer mode and had it signed. Enjoy.

    • Sheets? Oh yeah. Got the boot from the Raiders…FA status…selling cars now, right?

  20. Ron Tuthill // June 18, 2018 at 9:37 pm //

    You can’t have to many all-stars in your secondary and Hamilton got rid of two of them in Abdul Kanneh and Emanual Davis but adding Delvin Breau helps ease the pain. We could have had all three and found a spot for NO. 4 who in his rookie year played like an all-star. With Courtney Stephan and Mike Daly maning the safety spot the secondary seems to be rounding nicely into shape.

  21. Dundas dude // June 18, 2018 at 9:48 pm //

    This is great news!

  22. @Riders2013

    Didn’t Sheets leave for the NFL after that game?
    How did that workout?

    • Haha who cares?! He was amazing in Green & White! I always hoped he WOULD get cut in Oakland so he would come back! Didn’t work out that way. There have been countless CFL tryouts that didn’t pan out in the NFL and “How did those work out?” Haha what a stupid comment. Like Rider fans are gonna be super butt-hurt that Sheets didnt make it in the NFL. All I DO know is he ran over the CFL and was a huge part of winning the Riders a GC.

  23. In my opinion, if he can stay healthy, this is the ticats biggest signing of the year…sorry Johnny

  24. Now all we need to do is get Whitlock back on the D-line. Get the pressure on the QB, shut down the run and the Breaux show gets the job done as the shut down corner!

  25. I loved his game when he played here!! So happy to read this today! Welcome home mate!

  26. on that additional cap space…If Masoli wins the next 4 it will be hard to justify such a highly paid backup QB when Dane Evans is also very good. You may need to ship John to Montreal on one of those bye weeks just for cap space.

  27. Now just get Johnny behind center, and you guys are Edmonton bound in Nov!!

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