Ciante Evans
No. 17     BC Lions
Evans with the BC Lions in 2024
Born: (1992-10-14) October 14, 1992 (age 31)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive back
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight195 lb (88 kg)
CollegeNebraska
Career history
As player
20152018Calgary Stampeders
2019Salt Lake Stallions
20192020Montreal Alouettes
20212022Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2023Montreal Alouettes
2024–presentBC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2017
CFL West All-Star20172018
Career stats
Tackles250
Sacks0
Forced fumbles3
Interceptions17

Ciante Evans (born October 14, 1992) is an American professional gridiron football defensive back for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He previously played for the Calgary Stampeders, Montreal Alouettes, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[1][2]

College career

Evans played college football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Professional career

After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft Evans attended the Chicago Bears’ rookie mini-camp in 2014, but wasn’t offered a contract.

Calgary Stampeders

Evans signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in time for the 2015 season. He only appeared in three games during his rookie season. Evans established himself as a starter in 2016 and continued to start for the Stampeders through to the 2018 season which culminated in his first Grey Cup championship. In the 106th Grey Cup game, he had one interception in the victory over the Ottawa Redblacks.[3] He became a free agent on February 12, 2019.[4]

Salt Lake City Stallions

Evans declined CFL offers to join the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football.[5] Prior to the league's shutdown in April, Evans played in 4 games, recording 4 tackles.

Montreal Alouettes

On May 22, 2019, Evans signed with the Montreal Alouettes.[4] He played in 13 regular season games where he had 29 defensive tackles and three interceptions.[6] Evans remained under contract with the Alouettes the following year, but did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season. During the cancelled season Evans took several part time jobs and refereed basketball, before accepting a high school football coaching position in Texas.[7]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Evans signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on February 9, 2021.[8] In his first season in Hamilton, he contributed with 43 defensive tackles in 13 regular season games. On May 10, 2022, Evans and the Tiger-Cats agreed to a new contract for the 2022 season.[9] He played in 13 regular season games where he had 26 defensive tackles and one interception. He became a free agent upon the expiry of his contract on February 14, 2023.[10]

Montreal Alouettes (II)

On February 17, 2023, it was announced that Evans had signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes.[11] In 2023, he played in 11 regular season games, sitting out seven due to injury, and had ten defensive tackles, 11 special teams tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.[12] He won his second Grey Cup championship following the Alouettes' victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 110th Grey Cup game.

Evans became a free agent upon the expiry of his contract on February 13, 2024.[13]

BC Lions

On February 14, 2024, it was announced that Evans had signed with the BC Lions.[14]

References

  1. ^ "Ciante Evans".
  2. ^ "Inside the CFL: Als' Ciante Evans perseveres on field and in classroom".
  3. ^ "Play-by-Play, 106th Grey Cup". Canadian Football League. November 25, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  5. ^ https://3downnation.com/2019/02/19/former-stampeders-db-ciante-evans-signs-with-aaf-team/
  6. ^ "Ciante Evans". Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  7. ^ https://www.rds.ca/football/alouettes/la-nouvelle-vie-de-ciante-evans-1.7734345
  8. ^ "All-Star defensive back Evans signs with Tiger-Cats". TiCats.ca. February 9, 2021. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  9. ^ "Tiger-Cats re-sign DB Evans - TSN.ca". TSN. The Canadian Press. 2022-05-10. Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  10. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  11. ^ "Back to the nest: Ciante Evans returns to Als". Canadian Football League. February 17, 2023.
  12. ^ "Games Notes" (PDF). Canadian Football League. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  13. ^ "Official 2024 Free Agent Tracker". Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  14. ^ "Lions add two-time division all-star Ciante Evans to secondary". BC Lions. February 14, 2024.