February 2, 2018

Stampeders complete trade with Tiger-Cats

Charleston Hughes during the 2017 season (Photo by David Moll)

The Calgary Stampeders have acquired a 2019 fourth-round draft pick from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in exchange for international defensive lineman Charleston Hughes. The Stampeders and Tiger-Cats will also exchange fourth-round picks in the 2018 draft with Calgary getting the 28th overall selection and Hamilton receiving the 34th pick.

“In a salary-cap world, sometimes difficult decisions have to be made and this is definitely a very difficult decision,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “Charleston has been a big part of our winning ways over the past 10 years and I thank him for his service and for the positive impact he made on this organization and this community. I wish him nothing but the best for the future.”

Hughes joined the Stamps in 2008 and played a total of 162 games – 147 in the regular season and 15 in the post-season – over 10 seasons. The 34-year-old Saginaw, Mich., native leaves the Stampeders with a share of the franchise record with 99 career regular-season sacks. Hughes also had 372 defensive tackles, 38 special-teams tackles, three interceptions, 23 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one touchdown as a member of the Red and White.