Tiger-Cats sign Argos’ Lirim Hajrullahu, re-sign Ted Laurent

Ted Laurent re-signed for two-year deal with the Tiger-Cats on Feb. 13. (CFL PHOTO - Dave Chidley )

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ​were active on CFL free agent day, signing four players to the 2018 season roster.

Lirim Hajrullahu, a placekicker and punter, is heading to Hamilton after spending two years with the Toronto Argonauts.

The 27-year-old from St. Catharines played all 18 games last year, and was named an East Division All-Star in 2016.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Tiger-Cats announced defensive tackle Ted Laurent had been re-signed to a two-year contract. The Powder Springs, Ga., native finished up the season with 13 defensive tackles, four quarterback sacks, five quarterback pressures, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble in 12 starts.

The two-time CFL All-Star has appeared in 110 games since his debut with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2011.

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The Tiger-Cats struck a one-year deal with international linebacker Larry Dean. He earned East Division All-Star honours last season, and was named Hamilton’s Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

He had 96 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, three quarterback sacks, eight quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, five pass knock downs and one tackle for loss in 18 games in 2017 with the Tiger-Cats.

The Tiger-Cats resigned national linebacker Nick Shortill for a two-year contract. He played 10 games with the team in 2017.

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Shortill had seven defensive tackles and 14 special teams tackles.

Hamilton acquired the six-foot-two, 227-pound native from the Montreal Alouettes on Feb. 12, 2017, in exchange for linebacker Frederic Plesius.

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In 45 career CFL games with the Alouettes and Tiger-Cats, Shortill has accumulated 29 defensive tackles and 43 special teams tackles.

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The McMaster University product was drafted by Montreal 13th overall (second round) in the 2015 CFL Draft.

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