The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Tuesday the football club has signed American linebacker Larry Dean.
Dean, 31, started 17 games at middle linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos in 2019, registering 86 defensive tackles, eight tackles for loss, three special teams tackles, one quarterback sack and four pass knockdowns. For his efforts, he was named a West Division All-Star and Edmonton’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
The 6-0, 226-pound native of Tifton, Georgia has appeared in 72 career Canadian Football League games with 69 starts at middle linebacker over four seasons with the Tiger-Cats (2016-18) and Eskimos (2019), registering 365 defensive tackles, 13 tackles for loss, eight special teams tackles, six quarterback sacks, three interceptions, 16 pass knock downs, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one touchdown (interception return). Dean is a three-time divisional all-star (2017, 2018, 2019) and was the East Division’s nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2018.
Prior to his arrival in the CFL, the Valdosta State product appeared in 61 career National Football League games with the Minnesota Vikings (2011-13) and Buffalo Bills (2014), registering 37 defensive tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In 2012, Dean was one of only 11 special teams players on the NFC’s Pro Bowl ballot.