The Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris avoids a tackle by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Bryan Hall during second quarter CFL action in Ottawa on Saturday, November 7, 2015. (CFL PHOTO - Patrick Doyle)
Alongside fellow defensive tackle and free agent Ted Laurent, Hall helped form one of the biggest and strongest interior defensive lines in the league in 2015. The 6-foot-1, 295-pount tackle was an immovable object on Hamilton’s elite defence and provides plenty of muscle both in shutting down the run and getting after the quarterback.
Hall, set to enter his third CFL season, had three sacks, 38 tackles and a forced fumble in 15 games with the Ticats last season. His first two years were consistent in Black and Gold, totaling 73 tackles, seven sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.
“Bryan is a veteran player who brings high energy to not only our defensive line but our defence as a whole,” said Argos GM Jim Barker. “We’re looking forward to having his infectious personality and leadership in our locker room this season.”
At 27, the Arkansas State graduate is a key addition for an Argos team that’s already been busy bulking up this off-season. On top of Hall, the Boatmen have also added Defensive Coordinator Rich Stubler and veterans Brian Bulcke and Keon Raymond.
The addition of Hall only adds intrigue to one of the league’s most heated rivalries, as Hall joins former Ticats defensive lineman Bulcke as Ticats to head to Toronto this off-season. Former Argonaut Chad Owens, meanwhile, has traded in his Double Blue for Black and Gold.