Tiger-Cats re-sign Simoni Lawrence and Delvin Breaux Sr.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed international linebacker Simoni Lawrence and cornerback Delvin Breaux Sr.

Lawrence inked a two-year contract while Breaux Sr. signed a 3 year deal.

Lawrence, 30, played in 18 regular season games with the Tiger-Cats in 2018, registering 68 defensive tackles, three quarterback sacks, three tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.

The six-foot-one, 231-pound native of Upper Darby, Penn., has appeared in 113 career CFL games (97 starts) with the Edmonton Eskimos (2012) and Tiger-Cats (2013-18), posting 435 defensive tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 22 quarterback sacks, eight interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries, 16 pass knock-downs and 18 special teams tackles.

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Lawrence has also seen action in 11 playoff games, including two Grey Cup appearances in 2013 and 2014 with Hamilton.

The veteran linebacker’s CFL accolades include being named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player and a CFL All-Star in 2015, and three consecutive Divisional All-Star nods from 2014 to 2016.

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Breaux Sr., 29, played and started 14 games in 2018 at boundary corner for the Tiger-Cats, recording 24 defensive tackles, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two pass knockdowns and one tackle for loss.

The 6-1, 210-pound native of New Orleans, Louisiana was named both a CFL and East Division All-Star for the second time in his career last season (2014, 2018) after returning to the Ticats from a three-year stint in the National Football League (2015-17).

“Delvin is one of the most dominant defensive players in the Canadian Football League,” said Orlondo Steinauer, Head Coach of the Tiger-Cats. “Not only is he a great player, but a great person who enables us to keep continuity in the secondary. We are very excited to be able to retain a player of his calibre on a long-term deal.”

Overall, Breaux Sr. has played 39 career CFL games with the Tiger-Cats over three seasons (2013-14, 2018), registering 84 defensive tackles, one quarterback sack, one interception, 12 pass knockdowns, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one tackle for loss and two touchdowns (one interception return, one fumble return).

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Breaux Sr. played for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints from 2015 to 2017, appearing in 22 games in 2015 and 2016 before missing the 2017 season due to injury.

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