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Stampeders Complete Trade with Tiger-Cats

February 5, 2018 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Calgary Stampeders News Release

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.

John Hufnagel and Charleston Hughes will be available to media in the players' lounge at McMahon Stadium today at 2 p.m. Members of the media are asked to enter through the clubhouse doors at the south end of the stadium.

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