Updated Sat, Jun 1, 2013 3:16 pm
Bakari Bussey is officially a professional football player. The former Bobcat wide receiver announced that he will play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League this summer on his personal Twitter account Saturday afternoon.
The move hasn’t been confirmed by the Tiger-Cats yet. Bussey tried out earlier this spring with the NFL’s Detroit Lions at the team’s rookie mini-camp, but was not offered a deal. During his career as a Bobcat, Bussey appeared in 49 games and caught 57 passes for 548 yards.
Bussey is the fourth player from Ohio’s roster last season to sign a professional contract. Offensive guard Eric Herman was drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and reached a four-year deal with the team last week. Defensive tackle Neal Huynh signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, and center Skyler Allen signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Lions, but was cut following the team’s rookie mini-camp.
Bussey joins an explosive offense that features the CFL’s best pass attack. Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris led the league in 2012 with 5367 yards and 43 touchdowns. Twelve different receivers caught a pass from Burris in 2012. But despite the offensive production Hamilton finished last in the CFL’s East Division with a 6-12 record.
The Tiger-Cats and Bussey take the field in Montreal for a pre-season game Thursday, June 13.