Chris Williams is a Saint.
Ticats fans may not agree, but he is actually a Saint, after signing with New Orleans of the NFL.
The move comes just one day after Williams and the Tiger-Cats reached an agreement to allow the 2011 CFL rookie of the year and the top special teams player last year to pursue opportunities south of the border.
Under the agreement, should Williams return to the CFL before the end of the 2014 season, the Ticats still retain his rights.
The 25-year-old Williams went to arbitration before this season in an effort to be released from the last year of his contract with Hamilton to pursue NFL offers.
In June, arbitrator E.E. Palmer ruled the Ticats violated the CFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the CFL Players’ Association by negotiating with an unregistered agent.
However, Palmer said the penalty for that was a fine, not the termination of the contract, and that the Ticats weren’t fined because the CFLPA didn’t ask that one be imposed.
Palmer also found Hamilton had picked up the option on Williams’s contract last October in accordance to the CBA but didn’t use the exact language surrounding the renewal as laid out in the agreement.