Hamilton, Ontario – The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that non-import safety Dylan Barker has agreed to a multi-year extension that will keep the first overall selection of the 2008 CFL Canadian Draft in TigerTown through the 2012 season.
“Last season, Dylan showed that he is capable of making solid contributions on both defence and special teams. He’s one of our most promising young Canadian players so we’re excited that he has committed to this organization,” said Head Coach Marcel Bellefeuille.
Barker, a 6-4, 200-pound native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan set a new Ticats team record and tied the Canadian Football League record with 37 special teams tackles in 2009. He also added six defensive tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Barker played in all 18 regular season games in 2009 after missing the entire 2008 season with a leg injury. He was the team’s starting safety for the final three regular season games and the Eastern Semi-Final.
“This was an easy decision for me,” said Barker. “I feel like I have an opportunity to be a part of a winning program here in Hamilton and I enjoy being a part of this city. I’m excited to continue my career as a Tiger-Cat.”
Before being drafted by the Ticats, Barker spent four seasons at the University of Saskatchewan where he was twice named a CIS All-Canadian.