Branden Oliver, who lit up the record books during his UB career, will be heading to the Hamilton Tigercats of the CFL.
.@TicatsInsurance Player Transaction Alert:— Hamilton Tiger-Cats (@Ticats) April 13, 2020
We've signed three players, including former #NFL RB Branden Oliver (@BoBelieves).
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After playing for Buffalo Oliver lended as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. An impressive preseason got him onto the regular season roster and a spat of injuries put him in the starting lineup.
Branden made the most of his chance. He started seven games, ran for more than 500 yards and caught the ball for another 271.
While his workload declined the next year he showed to be a solid NFL player, until a preseason injury in 2017 all but ended his NFL career.
He made a comeback attempt, landing with Indianapolis for the preseason but could not crack the 52 man roster.
Most recently he played for the Salt Lake Stallions of the now defunct Alliance of American Football, eventually making the final roster.
The Tiger Cats, like all CFL teams, have only a limited number of slots for non Canadian players. Oliver hopes to join the likes of Naaman Roosevelt as UB players who stick in the league.
It could be a good place to show scouts he’s recovered from the injury and every much the world beater that he ever was. Oliver has proven his skill set is valuable in the NFL, if he can prove his sturdiness by succeeding in a solid league like the CFL he could earn another chance.
At the very least, he’s playing close to Buffalo and that puts a smile on my face.